Escambia County Commission takes preventative measures

Published 3:38 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

Preventative measures are taking place in Escambia County as the COVID-19 virus spreads across the nation.

In a statement released on Thurs., Escambia County Chairman Karean Reynolds said that the commission is taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of the virus.

Reynolds shared, “The recent spread of the coronavirus continues to have a significant effect on communities throughout our nation, with Alabama being one of the last states to report a case of the virus. In an effort to protect citizens who visit county government facilities within Escambia County, the commission has placed orders for disinfectants and hand sanitizers.”

Reynolds and the commission hope to target important areas within the county.

He explained, “This will help disinfect areas with high volumes of traffic on a daily basis to help prevent the spread of the disease. The commission will strategically target the courthouse in Brewton, the satellite office in Atmore and the Escambia County jail.”

Reynolds and the commission encouraged everyone to take reasonable precautions to help reduce chances of coming in contact with the disease.

Statewide, Auburn University and Samford University ordered all classes to be taken online until further notice. State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced today that any child or school employee testing positive for the Coronavirus will be placed in mandatory 14-day self quarantine at home. Brewton City Schools and Escambia County School System released statements today assuring the situation is being diligently monitored based on the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama Department of Public Health, and Alabama State Department of Education.

According to the ADPH at this time no COVID-19 cases have been identified in the state. The ADPH reported today that it remains in close communication with the CDC who is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving outbreak.