State confirms first COVID-19 case

Published 10:29 am Friday, March 13, 2020

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Alabama confirmed its first case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Montgomery County this morning.

Following the announcement, Governor Kay Ivey shared, “Along with my fellow Alabamians, I have closely monitored the rapidly changing events regarding the COVID-19. As a state, we have taken precautionary measures and made preparations in the case that the virus would eventually reach our state. As I have emphasized time and again, the safety and health of Alabamians is paramount.”

Ivey encouraged everyone to remain calm.

“Alabamians are smart and savvy, and I know they will continue taking appropriate precautions to prevent the spread to themselves or others. We have taken a calm and collected approach in preparation for this first confirmed case, and we need to remember that calm and steady wins the race. Alabamians should not be fearful, but instead, use commonsense to watch out for themselves and others. We will remain engaged on the matter and continue prioritizing the health and wellbeing of all Alabamians,” Ivey said.

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris emphasized the need to take the recommended precautions for the spread of the virus. “The Alabama Department of Public Health has worked hard to prepare and has anticipated receiving a report of the first case of COVID-19 in an Alabama resident. We continue to recommend that people be prudent and encourage them to use proper hygiene behaviors such as handwashing, not touching their faces with unwashed hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they have fever. As a precaution, it is suggested that any gatherings of more than 500 people be postponed or canceled,” Scott explained.

Locally, the Escambia County Healthcare Authority continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) as reported by a release sent yesterday.

“The Escambia County Healthcare System is very sympathetic and understanding to all of those who may be affected by this virus across the world,” the release said. “We continue to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation to ensure we take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees.”