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DCH Coronavirus Update 8-13-20

DCH Coronavirus Update 8-13-20

Additional Demographic Information

Included today is an update on the demographics of those who have tested positive for COVID-19. One new component is included.

The bottom left of the chart shows the COVID-19 positive breakdown by age. Last time this was presented, the second highest positive range was 5-24, but as you can see that range has now been subdivided into 5-17 and 18-24. This came about because of efforts to stay connected with The University of Alabama and local leaders. Recently the university asked if we could further subdivide the 5-24 range to show 18-24. This should provide better insight into COVID-19 and the college student population, especially as they come back on campus.

The group with the highest positive rate continues to be 25-49, and their rate is still nearly double any other group. With the division of the 5-24 range, the next highest set of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 is now the 65+ group. As previously mentioned, this latter group appears to be at the greatest risk and has the highest morbidity.

The current unique cumulative results for all who have tested positive are as follows:

  • Red equals deceased and represents about 4.8 percent of the positives to date.
  • Dark blue represents those who were positive for COVID-19, needed hospitalization and were later well enough to be discharged. That group is just shy of 22.2 percent of the positives.
  • Gray is 3.0 percent and indicates those who are positive and currently inpatients.
  • Light blue represents those who tested positive but did not need inpatient care (at least not at DCH). That group equals 70 percent, and when added to discharges, that means 92.2 percent have recovered enough to be discharged or have not needed inpatient care.

For gender, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Female
    • Deceased, 3.9 percent
    • Discharged, 23.4 percent
    • Current Inpatient, 3.1 percent
    • Outpatient (no known care needed), 69.6 percent
  • Male
    • Deceased, 5.9 percent
    • Discharged, 20.7 percent
    • Current Inpatient, 2.9 percent
    • Outpatient (no known care needed), 70.5 percent

Under race, the numbers are similar to what has been previously shown, but the light blue bars indicate most of those who have tested positive have not needed care.

Testing and Confirmed Cases

To protect patient privacy, DCH has established a minimum threshold of five for reporting numbers of inpatients with laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.

DCH internal counts as of 1:20 p.m. on 8/13/20:

  • 77 inpatients are being treated for COVID-19.
  • 25 inpatients who are positive for COVID-19 are being treated in the ICU.
  • 6 who are positive for COVID-19 are on ventilators.
  • 2,571 (cumulative) unique positives for COVID-19 tests including results from the ED, triage tent and inpatient. These individuals are not necessarily in the hospital.
  • 16,732 (cumulative) unique negatives for COVID-19 at DCH sites.
  • 3,334 (cumulative) positive COVID-19 at DCH sites. These individuals are not necessarily in the hospital.
  • 22,455 (cumulative) negative tests at DCH sites.
  • 686 inpatients (cumulative) who were positive for COVID-19 have been discharged.
  • 138 inpatients (cumulative) who were positive for COVID-19 have died at DCH. This is not an indication of the cause of death, only that the individuals were positive for COVID-19 at the time of death.
  • 79 Tuscaloosa County residents (cumulative) who were positive for COVID-19 have died (per the Alabama Department of Public Health).