UPDATE: Dr. Karen Landers with Alabama Department of Public Health said even though numbers are low in Madison County, it's important to follow health guidelines to stay safe. She said widespread testing is still available across the state. Dr. Landers would like to remind people, if you get tested, make sure you stay at home until you receive the test results to ensure you don't spread the virus if you have it.
According to Dr. Landers, the coronavirus is not going away this summer so everyone needs to stay at home if they're sick to reduce the spread of the virus until a vaccine is available.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has added a category to their website called presumed recoveries. It represents coronavirus patients statewide who are no longer ill after a 14 day quarantine or hospitalization. This number will be updated every Wednesday and it's currently at 9,940 people.
Dr. Landers said the Alabama Department of Public Health is also working on a way patients can report their symptoms during a home quarantine. She also said they are working with UAB on a contract tracing app to be used in the university setting first before it is used elsewhere.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Storng said we do have counties in North Alabama that are seeing increases in the number of positive cases so we all need to continue practicing safety measures. He said Morgan County has seen 20 additional cases in the last 24 hours but health care facilities are prepared.
Strong said there are 8 coronavirus patients at Huntsville Hospital and there are no coronavirus patients at Crestwood Medical Center or Madison Hospital.
FROM EARLIER: 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 County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.
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