UPDATE: Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said there is a technical support team in the state from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review our processes.
The state says a five-member team of CDC officials will be assisting the department until July 3. The department requested the help of the team, including an epidemiologist, medical epidemiologist, epidemiologist/data analyst, risk communicator and informatics/visualization specialist.
“The CDC deployment team will help staff with streamlining COVID-19 reporting, developing county-level indicators for use by local officials, recommending interventions based on the analysis, and assisting with development and review of outreach and communication messages to the public. For example, an analysis of pockets of greatest COVID-19 transmission can help in the design of public information and education campaigns for specific populations,” the state said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Landers said the overall message remains prevention and then they will respond to cases we have by case investigation and contact tracing. She said when a vaccine is available, the department will coordinate to provide it to the general public.
Landers said we are a long way away from defeating this virus.
Officials in Madison County are discussing their response to the coronavirus pandemic in a news conference on Friday at Huntsville City Hall.
At noon, we expect to hear from Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Birdwell, Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Madison Mayor Paul Finley.
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