Closures ordered in some counties as virus cases rise to 36Matt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Mar 17 2020 1:29 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - On Tuesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health announced 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state.
Here are the current numbers by county:
- Baldwin- 1
- Elmore- 2
- Lee- 1
- Jefferson- 20
- Limestone- 1
- Madison- 1
- Montgomery- 2
- Shelby- 4
- St. Clair- 1
- Tuscaloosa- 3
Gov. Kay Ivey ordered restaurants, bars, breweries and other foodservice establishments in Jefferson County and surrounding counties to prohibit on-premises consumption of food or drinks for one week. Ivey said the order will be reevaluated at the end of one week.
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ADPH also issued the following guidelines for Jefferson and its surrounding counties:
- Effective March 17th, all gatherings of 25 people or more are prohibited in Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties
- All senior citizen centers and senior citizen gatherings shall be closed.
- All nursing homes and longterm care facilities shall prohibit visitors, expect for compassionate care.
- Effective March 19th through April 6th, all private schools for all grades will be closed.
- Preschools and childcare centers with 12 or more children will be closed. Hospital on-site daycares are exempted.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris echoed Ivey’s order during a news conference Tuesday and encouraged other counties to follow suit. He said Alabamians need to hunker down and if they do not, they may strongly consider issuing a similar statewide order.