COVID-19 Cases Rise To 36 Madison County Has First Case Of Coronavirus

By  | March 17, 2020 | Filed under: News

MONTGOMERY-On Tuesday, March 17 the Alabama Department of Public Health announced 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Governor Kay Ivey ordered restaurants, bars, breweries and other food-service establishments in Jefferson County and surrounding counties to prohibit on-premises consumption of food or drinks for one week. Ivey said the order will be reevaluated at the end of one week.

Here is how the COVID-19 cases range per county:

Baldwin- 1
Elmore- 2
Lee- 1
Jefferson- 20
Limestone- 1
Madison- 1
Montgomery- 2
Shelby- 4
St. Clair- 1
Tuscaloosa-3

If You Suspect You Have COVID-19

If a person has questions about being tested for COVID-19, they should call their healthcare provider to make arrangements for testing. It is important to call your healthcare provider’s office before going in to let them know you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed to COVID-19.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call 1-888-264-2256, starting March 14 at 8:00 a.m. In the event the line is busy, please try to call again.

ADPH is no longer requiring patients meet certain criteria in order to be tested for COVID-19. However, healthcare providers are the only persons who can perform specimen collections and request testing be completed by our State Laboratory. Healthcare providers evaluating patients should visit COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Providers.

ADPH also issued the following guidelines for Jefferson and its surrounding counties:

Effective March 17th, all gatherings of 25 people or more are prohibited in Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties

All senior citizen centers and senior citizen gatherings shall be closed.

All nursing homes and longterm care facilities shall prohibit visitors, expect for compassionate care.

Effective March 19th through April 6th, all private schools for all grades will be closed.

Preschools and childcare centers with 12 or more children will be closed. Hospital on-site daycares are exempted.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris agreed with Governor Ivey’s order during a news conference Tuesday and encouraged other counties to follow suit. He said Alabamians need to hunker down and if they do not, they may strongly consider issuing a similar statewide order.

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