BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR EAN
The March 23, 2020 afternoon update at 4:30 p.m. from the Alabama Department of Public Health concerning confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state brings the total number statewide to 196. That is an additional 29 cases since the morning report.
Please click the following link for the latest updates: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR0-5WZfJfTdNryknyMCBznDG5bFuQZ8KpcpARXeYQLgDDsdhFjn8gYUbUg
Locally, Elmore County remained the same with reported cases standing at 6; Montgomery County added one new case and as of 4:30 p.m. had 4.
As of the latest release, no cases have been confirmed in Autauga or Chilton County. The ADPH has generally been updating twice a day, around 10:30 in the morning and 4:30 each evening.
There have not been any deaths reported related to COVID-19 in the state, as of the 4:30 p.m. March 23 update.
Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham, leads the state in cases, with 86 confirmed. That is an increase over the morning update by 7.
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 a testing site, you MUST CALL FIRST. If you believe you have symptoms, please call first. This testing is by appointment only, made by calling 334-747-0150. You can also call for other testing sites and hours of operation by contacting the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-888-264-2256. Note: There is no medical advice provided at this telephone number.