UPDATE: Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson said the number of hospitalizations and the demand for testing are down in the state. She said 87 people with coronavirus are hospitalized in Madison County.
She said the county’s 14-day test positivity rate is 5% compared to 8% statewide. She also said the Alabama Department of Public Health upgraded Madison County to be considered at moderate risk.
Hudson urged people to not delay necessary medical care and said “your health care facilities are safe.”
She said challenges in the county are Labor Day, schools starting in-person classes and high school football games.
Madison Mayor Paul Finley said people wore masks and sanitized during the election last Tuesday. He also urged people to continue to follow measures like sanitizing and washing your hands.
Finley said the community is doing a good job of easing the burden on local hospitals and we need to stay the course.
The next news conference is scheduled for Wednesday at noon.
Officials are holding a news conference about coronavirus Monday afternoon in Huntsville.
At noon, we expect to hear from Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson and Madison Mayor Paul Finley.
As of Monday morning, 6,258 total cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Madison County.
Stay with WAAY 31 on air and online for updates.
You can find more coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.