Update: Gov. Ivey is in contact with the vice president, who's leading the country's coronavirus task force. The state's coronavirus task force has had two meetings so far.
If you travel overseas or to a city in the U.S. that has seen a lot of cases, you're asked to contact your school administration and public health department. The state is advising students not to travel overseas.
Health officials say if you think you're sick, call your doctor before going to see them or to the ER. Not doing so could expose others to illness.
The state has tested less than 20 people so far for coronavirus. Quest and LabCorp are doing testing in addition to public health officials.
Officials say the average Alabamian doesn't need a test. Doctors are testing the people most at risk or who are showing symptoms.
If a student, teacher or faculty member in Alabama tested positive for coronavirus, the school would be closed for 24 to 48 hours and public health officials would complete an assessment. They would then decide whether or not to close the school for a longer period of time or if a cluster of schools would need to be closed.
Public health officials are also in contact with facilities that care for the elderly.
Alabama health and education officials are holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon about safety precautions and preparation for a possible novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak.
Currently, no cases have been confirmed in Alabama.
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