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Alabama virus deaths hit 3,000 as cases rise, hospitals fill

Kay Ivey COVID-19 presser
Associated Press


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now exceeds 3,000 as both cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue rising. 

The Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 3,006 people had died since the start of the crisis. That's an increase of 17 from a day earlier. About 1,850 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, and more than 1,020 people are hospitalized with the illness caused by the virus.

The pandemic is worsening in the state as officials weigh whether to extend a mandatory mask order that's set to expire Sunday. The Alabama Hospital Association is supporting an extension of the requirement.

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