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North Alabama leaders respond to state coronavirus re-opening

Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health, said just because the state is reopening doesn't mean people can let their guard down. She advises you continue to social distance and sanitize.

Posted: May 22, 2020 8:11 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 9:25 PM

Friday evening, more businesses in the state re-opened under the Safer At Home order.

When Gov. Kay Ivey announced expanding the order, she admitted it was not because the number of positive cases is down but because the economy is in a free fall.

Dale Strong, Madison County Commission Chairman, said he believes it's time to open the state and agrees with the governor's decision.

Strong said he’s comfortable because businesses have had nearly two months to come up with plans on safely operating and abiding by health guidelines.

Strong also said people travel from 17 different counties to work on Redstone Arsenal.

Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said she understands although the virus isn't gone people need to be able to go back to work to make money.

WAAY 31 asked both if they have concerns.

"We are the economic engine for North Alabama, we have so many differing counties that are a part of our economic engine. This is our workforce. This right here is something we will continue to monitor if someone does test positive," Strong said.

"Persons need to take all the measure that they can and take personal responsibility. But, I also have to understand as a physician, people have to work. They have to make a living. They have to provide for their families and loved ones," he said.

All public leaders agreed if you are in a high risk group you should be aware of factors and even though businesses are opening still stay home for your safely.

Landers said just because the state is reopening doesn't mean people can let their guard down. She advises you continue to social distance and sanitize.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16310

Reported Deaths: 590
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2085112
Jefferson167397
Montgomery144634
Marshall6609
Tuscaloosa63212
Lee52632
Franklin4986
Shelby47019
Tallapoosa41063
Butler39113
Chambers34024
Madison3154
Elmore3007
Baldwin2829
Walker2821
DeKalb2403
Etowah24011
Dallas2323
Coffee2191
Lowndes21610
Morgan2111
Sumter2106
Autauga1923
Houston1854
Bullock1763
Pike1730
Colbert1612
Calhoun1523
Marengo1506
Choctaw1487
Russell1480
Lauderdale1452
Hale1416
Wilcox1327
Barbour1301
Clarke1282
Randolph1247
Marion11711
St. Clair1081
Pickens964
Dale960
Talladega963
Chilton931
Greene914
Cullman880
Limestone860
Winston770
Covington751
Jackson742
Bibb711
Henry702
Macon672
Crenshaw662
Washington656
Blount531
Escambia483
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Perry360
Conecuh351
Coosa341
Monroe342
Cherokee332
Clay272
Lamar210
Cleburne131
Fayette130
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 21285

Reported Deaths: 353
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Davidson482660
Shelby4615105
Trousdale13924
Rutherford109022
Sumner84345
Hamilton67015
Bledsoe6081
Williamson53210
Tipton4283
Putnam4285
Robertson4262
Lake4130
Wilson3828
Knox3565
Out of TN3394
Bedford2704
Montgomery2583
Rhea1970
Hardeman1920
Madison1742
Loudon1370
McMinn13614
Macon1193
Cheatham1140
Cumberland1111
Fayette1102
Dickson1070
Bradley1051
Blount893
Maury810
Washington750
Unassigned750
Sevier752
Coffee660
Wayne630
Gibson601
Sullivan602
Monroe592
Lauderdale561
Hickman540
Dyer490
Franklin491
Greene482
Anderson401
Marion371
DeKalb370
Grundy321
Hawkins312
Smith301
Hamblen302
Haywood302
Henry300
Marshall291
Jefferson280
Obion281
White280
Carroll271
Weakley260
Overton250
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Lawrence240
Warren220
Cocke200
Carter191
Morgan170
Campbell171
Cannon170
Jackson170
Crockett161
Roane160
Johnson150
Polk150
Henderson140
Humphreys131
Chester130
Perry130
Sequatchie130
Giles120
McNairy120
Fentress120
Hardin112
Scott110
Stewart100
Claiborne80
Houston80
Benton71
Grainger60
Clay60
Decatur50
Union40
Van Buren40
Lewis30
Moore30
Unicoi30
Pickett30
Hancock10

 

 

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