MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s official death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 17 but the state is investigating others.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Tuesday that it will begin including information on reported deaths from coronavirus in numbers released on its website.

The state said Wednesday there have been 26 reported deaths of people who died after testing positive for COVID-19. The state has confirmed 17 of those as being caused by coronavirus.

The state has a process for reviewing deaths before adding them to the official count. The state has ordered the closures of non-essential businesses such as gyms, barber shops, theaters, casinos, bookstores, department stores, clothing stores and nail salons.

As of Wednesday morning, 1,013 patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Alabama.

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3/31/2020 12:38:42 PM (GMT -5:00)

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