BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR EAN
The latest update from the Alabama Department of Public Health concerning confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state was released at 11 a.m. today, March 23. It shows 10 new cases confirmed since their last update Sunday evening. This brings the state total of confirmed cases at of the latest update to 167 total.
Please click the following link for the latest updates that may be added today: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR0-5WZfJfTdNryknyMCBznDG5bFuQZ8KpcpARXeYQLgDDsdhFjn8gYUbUg
Locally, Elmore County remained the same for reported cases with 6; Montgomery County remained at 3. As of the morning update, no cases have been confirmed in Autauga or Chilton County. However, PLEASE click the link for the latest updates as this is the result as of the 11 a.m. update, March 23. There have not been any deaths reported, related to COVID-19 in the state, as of the 11 a.m. update.
Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham, leads the state in cases, with 79 confirmed as of the 11 a.m. update.
A new testing facility has been opened in Prattville by Baptist Health. Elmore Community Hospital has been established already as a testing facility. If you think you may have symptoms, please call FIRST. Below is a portion of the release from Baptist Health.
“Baptist Health announced Monday it will open a drive-up coronavirus care clinic in Prattville. The clinic will be located at 350 County Road 4 West. The first drive-up clinic was launched in the Montgomery area. It is located on 2936 Marti Lane and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Infectious disease experts say the key symptom of COVID-19 is fever. Secondary conditions are extreme fatigue and a cough. If you have a runny nose, scratchy eyes, and sore throat, those are NOT symptoms of COVID-19.
Again, before going to the testing site, you MUST CALL FIRST. This testing is by appointment only, made by calling 334-747-0150.