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ECHA reports second COVID-19 case

The following information was released by Jason Daniel, director of public affairs and marketing for the Escambia County Healthcare Authority:

Today, April 2, the Escambia County Healthcare Authority announced that it had received notification from Alabama Department of Public Health of the second positive result for Covid-19 Coronavirus in Escambia County, Alabama.

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority also announced that the patient’s sample was not collected at either of their hospitals in Escambia County, Alabama; Atmore Community Hospital or D. W. McMillan Memorial Hospital. The Escambia County Healthcare Authority also received notification of a positive result for Covid-19 Coronavirus from a patient specimen which was collected at Atmore Community Hospital.

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority also announced that the patient with the positive Covid-19 Coronavirus result was not a resident of Escambia County, Alabama and the positive result would be reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health in the patient’s home county.

Both of the Escambia County Healthcare Authority hospitals, Atmore Community Hospital and D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, have worked diligently in anticipation of crisis and will continue to do so through the duration of this crisis. Again, we urge our communities to continue to follow the Center for Disease Control and Alabama Department of Public Health’s recommendations.

The public can be assured that it is safe to seek care at both hospitals, Atmore Community Hospital and D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital. We have the facilities and the expertise to care for those patients while protecting the safety of all of our patients, visitors and employees. Our staff participates in drills and training routinely to maintain a state of continual readiness, and our caregivers use personal protective equipment when caring for any patient suspected of having an infectious disease.