A Message from Mayor Stimpson - July 23
Jul 23rd, 2020
It is 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
As of tonight, there have been 6,870 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mobile County, an increase of 263 cases. That's the single largest daily increase since the pandemic began. The number was initially reported as 390 but was adjusted by the Mobile County Health Department tonight because of an error in the laboratory counting process.
Another 259 new cases were reported in neighboring Baldwin County, making it one of the biggest increases in the state.
According to the Health Department, a total of 178 have died due to COVID-19, an increase of two patients since Wednesday's report. Another 2,920 are presumed recovered.
We are aware that there are some discrepancies in the numbers. Please note that we are simply sharing the statistics as they are reported to us by the Health Department. Click here to read a detailed report.
Looking around the state, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 72,696 COVID patients statewide, up 2,283 from yesterday's report. The previous one-day increase record was 2,164 new cases set on July 9, according to tracking by AL.com.
For information on COVID testing, call the Mobile County Health Department at 251-690-8889 or click here to view a map of testing sites in Mobile County.
A couple updates for tonight:
- This morning I received a phone call from Carnival Cruise Lines letting me know the Carnival Sensation will move from Miami to Mobile. The new ship will take up itineraries previously assigned to the Fantasy and Fascination. This is the great news for our City and a great day of momentum for our tourism industry. The combination of our amazing team and strategy proved our success. We never stopped working to make this happen. Mobile believes in Carnival, and today's announcement is validation that Carnival believes in Mobile.
- Today, I spent some time with Mobile United's Youth Leadership participants. We discussed a variety of topics including COVID19, city business and most importantly creating the City where they will choose to live, work and play. It is always refreshing to hear the perspectives of our young people. After spending some time with them, I am convinced they will accomplish great things and I encouraged them to accomplish those great things here in Mobile!
It's easy to be frustrated and even angry because of how the COVID numbers are increasing. Remember that the virus is stupid and we are smart. The virus only exists to infect people. If we make smart choices, we can defeat it at every turn.
Be smarter than the virus. Follow these simple steps to stay safe:
- Wear a mask when in public
- Keep your hands clean
- Avoid crowds and keep a safe distance from others
- Stay home if you are sick