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COVID-19 death toll up to 18 in county

COVID-19 continues to ravage Butler County and, in particular, a local nursing home.

Crowne Health Care spokeswoman Frances Coleman said late last week that 14 residents of the Greenville facility had died due to the virus. No employee deaths have been reported. Of the 52 residents of the facility, 43 have tested positive. Another 24 residents are in local hospitals. As of last Wednesday, 35 employees had tested positive for COVID-19. Several weeks ago, the National Guard was called in to assist with disinfecting the facility.

Butler County had reached 18 deaths with 415 cases out of 1,502 tests by Tuesday morning. Lowndes County has reported 12 deaths and 253 cases out of 524 tests. Lowndes County also now has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 26 percent.

In Crenshaw County, the death toll is now three with 78 cases out of 701 tests.

Statewide as of Tuesday morning, 18,354 cases of COVID-19 had been reported with 5,717 in the last 14 days. So far, 649 deaths have been reported in Alabama. Since March, there have been a total of 201,442 tests conducted with 74,435 in the past 14 days. In Alabama, there have been 1,879 hospitalizations since March 13.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are currently 9,355 presumed recoveries.