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Closures ordered in some counties as virus cases rise to 36

Matt Boster

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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

Total: 36

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.

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