Morgan County hospital official says coronavirus spike possible after Fourth of July weekend

We heard from officials in Morgan County about their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 9:53 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 10:44 AM

UPDATE: Decatur Morgan Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Anita Walden said about 12% of people tested for coronavirus in Alabama are getting positive test results. She also said the rising amount of hospitalizations is concerning.

There are two patients with coronavirus on ventilators at Decatur Morgan Hospital. Walden said she’s fearful of a spike in coronavirus cases due to the Fourth of July holiday. She said she is in support of an ordinance to require people to wear face masks in Decatur.

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling said the county’s coronavirus cases increased by 20% in the past week. He said it’s crucial that we each do our part by following safety guidelines, like social distancing and wearing a mask.

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said the courthouse is giving free masks to people who go there without one. He said 95% of people are taking the masks. He also said people can’t enter a courtroom without wearing a mask.

FROM EARLIER:

Officials in Morgan County are holding a news conference on Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss coronavirus cases in the area.

We expect to hear from Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling, Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long and Decatur Morgan Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Anita Walden.

You can watch the briefing below. Find more coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

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