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Alabama sets record for new cases

The state of Alabama added more than 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, setting a one-day record for most new cases.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the state had 32,753 cases with 880 confirmed deaths. The state has added 9,631 cases in the past 14 days. The ADPH also reports 18,866 people are presumed recovered.

Pike County added five new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 378 with four confirmed deaths. Of those cases, 80 have been confirmed in the past 14 days.

The new totals came as state officials reported that thousands of people are still filing new unemployment claims related to the coronavirus outbreak each week in Alabama despite the state’s reopening economy.

Statistics released by the Alabama Department of Labor showed that 18,671 new applications for jobless benefits were filed last week, and 11,311 of those were related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers are far less than in March and April, when more than 100,000 claims were filed in a single week.

Much of the state’s economy has reopened since the spring and the state’s unemployment rate has declined, although health officials say the virus outbreak is worsening in Alabama as a higher percentage of people test positive for the virus and larger numbers of people are being hospitalized.