Alabama lawmakers approve money for coronavirus response

The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations Thursday.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 1:51 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness.

The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations Thursday.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the funding should help provide centers where people can obtain a test if their doctor believes it's necessary.

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones said he's extremely concerned about the low level of people being screened in Alabama.

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