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The Department of Public Health Alabama Confirmed Coronavirus Case as the state’s first case, Friday morning.

Alabama has its first case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.

Health officials announced as of 8 a.m. Friday morning, the first Alabama person with the confirmed Coronavirus case in Montgomery County and traveled to state that had “community spread.”

State Health Officer Scott Harris announced the person is in Montgomery County and recently traveled out of state to an area where coronavirus is present.

That is the only positive test in the state at this time, Harris stated. However, he didn’t mention the age and previous health status.

Harris told the patient did meet the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for screening. The person, who is quarantined at home, is in a high-risk category due to chronic health conditions.

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“We have been expecting to find a case for some time. We’ve tried to be very open about that. We are not surprised that we found a case,” Harris maintained.

The Alabama Department of Public Health suggested that people cancel or bypass large public gatherings with more than 500 people. schools and workplaces not included yet.

Harris also said people should stay about 6 feet apart from others in public. Alabama was one of the last states to report a case. The state lab began testing last week.

State labs as of Thursday had only tested about 50 people for coronavirus.


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Ivey said the state has taken a “calm and collected approach” in preparing for cases of coronavirus, and that “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,” Ivey stated. “We will remain engaged on the matter and continue prioritizing the health and wellbeing of all Alabamians.”

The state’s health officials advised citizens to be cautious and use “proper hygiene behaviors such as handwashing, not touching their faces with unwashed hands, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if they have a fever.”

“As a precaution, it is suggested that any gatherings of more than 500 people be postponed or canceled,” Dr. Scott Harris spoke.

There have been over 1,600 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and at least 41 deaths.

The Department of Public Health Alabama Confirmed Coronavirus Case as the state’s first case, Friday morning.
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Alabama State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mackey announces that they are not suggesting closing schools, however, they are advising schools to cancel large meetings and events like plays, student programs, etc.

Also, Dr. Mackey states; they are managing to get all conference-type events to offset for the remainder of the school year.

Mackey also assumes they are canceling all school large-scale conferences through April 30th due to Alabama Confirmed the first case o Coronavirus.

ADPH officials encouraged people to avoid being within six feet of another person and not have “mass gatherings” of 500 people or more.

Dr. Harris with ADPH warns that this is not a time to stock up on food. Though it is just a time to be “prudent” and maintain a routine preparation plan.

Major universities, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Troy University, and other institutions on Thursday declared a transformation to online classes.

Being provided and equipped includes making sure you have enough medicine refills, insurance, etc.

They are recommending that all citizens who may feel sick to stay home.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more critical illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. More than 5,000 deaths worldwide have been attributed to the virus.

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The Department of Public Health Alabama Confirmed Coronavirus Case as the state’s first case, Friday morning.
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Governor Kay Ivey statement, First COVID-19 positive

“Along with my fellow Alabamians, I have closely monitored the rapidly changing events regarding the Coronavirus (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,” said Ivey.

“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.” He continued.

“I am grateful to the work of State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, as well as the members of my Coronavirus Task Force and countless individuals who are also watching and working on this situation closely,” stated Ivey.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said in a statement about the first Alabama Confirmed Coronavirus Case:

“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 a fever. As a precaution, it is suggested that any gatherings of more than 500 people be postponed or canceled.”

WAFF will consequently announce the state’s response and the influence of the virus on the Tennessee Valley online and on-air.

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath appearing anywhere between two to 14 days after exposure.

Older adults and people with severe persistent health conditions are considered at higher risk for more severe illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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