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State health officials urge coronavirus precautions with five North Alabama counties ranked very high risk

We spoke to Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department and learned we could see a spike in coronavirus cases as students return from fall break.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 9:13 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2020 2:15 PM

The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking parents to keep a closer eye on their children's health over the next two weeks.

Right now, six counties in the state are ranked as very high risk for coronavirus spread, and five of those are in North Alabama.

We spoke to Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department and learned we could see a spike in coronavirus cases as students return from fall break.

Cyle Lewis has four children, and she's concerned about the next few weeks.

"We're all a lot more nervous this year, because any normal cold or flu or allergies symptoms are escalated with a lot of fear that it might be Covid," said Lewis. "I think definitely with everyone going on fall break and going different places, being exposed to different people, there probably is that risk."

Her family traveled to Georgia last week for fall break and made sure to wear masks while out in public.

"We wore them because we had them in the car and we are used to it," she said.

It's something Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health says is important to keep doing.

"People need to think about crowds, to think about opportunities for close contact and to think about close spaces," she said.

She says people need to take even more precautions as we enter the holiday season.

"If we look at Memorial [Day] and the Fourth of July, the state of Alabama significantly increased in numbers after both of those holidays," she said.

Landers says the percent positivity rate has been hovering around 7.5%, and that's still too high.

Lewis says she's doing everything she can to make sure that number decreases.

"We do try to have them shower nightly. I try to wash everything they wore just because of things they could have been exposed to," she said.

Landers says as we get closer to the holiday season, everyone needs to remember, it's possible to get both the flu and coronavirus at the same time, so people should try to avoid large gatherings.

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Cases: 498076

Reported Deaths: 10094
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson716711387
Mobile36294737
Madison32616468
Tuscaloosa24340421
Montgomery22739519
Shelby22174218
Baldwin19873289
Lee15039157
Calhoun13832293
Morgan13753254
Etowah13390325
Marshall11448211
Houston10124264
Elmore9483190
Limestone9420138
St. Clair9022227
Cullman8984182
Lauderdale8612214
DeKalb8489175
Talladega7606165
Walker6585259
Jackson6545104
Autauga632492
Blount6236127
Colbert6001121
Coffee5264103
Dale4671107
Russell406933
Franklin399878
Covington3993106
Chilton3898103
Escambia379173
Tallapoosa3622143
Clarke344053
Chambers3431111
Dallas3422142
Pike293373
Marion288695
Lawrence284985
Winston258368
Bibb246160
Geneva240370
Marengo238857
Pickens225457
Barbour213651
Hale212269
Fayette202057
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178039
Monroe166739
Randolph164840
Washington156836
Macon147745
Crenshaw146255
Clay145954
Cleburne139841
Lamar133733
Lowndes132751
Wilcox122925
Bullock117336
Conecuh107024
Perry106127
Sumter99732
Coosa90224
Greene88532
Choctaw55323
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 779449

Reported Deaths: 11501
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Davidson81809871
Knox46250587
Hamilton40539463
Rutherford38563386
Williamson25382204
Sumner21448318
Montgomery17484213
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Sullivan14431274
Blount14141183
Bradley12996141
Washington12818234
Maury12246163
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Putnam10635170
Madison10123230
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Anderson8044158
Greene7309145
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Hawkins527195
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Franklin475785
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Obion436995
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Rhea415273
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Cheatham394544
Marshall391956
Campbell381859
Weakley379359
Giles375297
Henderson362273
Carroll349181
White339366
Hardeman338864
Macon337273
Hardin331563
Lauderdale309642
Henry301275
Marion294744
Scott288144
Wayne287630
Overton285557
Claiborne283069
McNairy268353
Hickman266541
DeKalb266151
Haywood264960
Smith256936
Grainger244246
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Morgan230338
Fentress229544
Johnson217138
Chester202348
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