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North Alabama nursing student sees impact of coronavirus in medical facilities

State health officials are taking precautions as more cases are reported across the country.

Posted: Mar 8, 2020 4:49 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 7:46 AM

Both Georgia and Tennessee confirmed new coronavirus cases.

State health officials in Georgia confirmed 2 people near Atlanta have COVID-19. This brings its total number of cases up to 5.

In Tennessee, Nashville's mayor reported a woman with coronavirus. This is the 2nd case they've found this week.

Just to give you some perspective on how fast the coronavirus is spreading in the country. Last week, there was only 1 death confirmed from the coronavirus. Now, it has killed 19 people and affected more than 30 states and our nation's capitol. At this time, there are no reported cases in Alabama.

"It doesn't make me nervous going into it. It just makes me more aware of what we have to do to protect our residents. Protecting them and our safety is our number one priority," Brooke Marks said.

She will graduate in May to become a registered nurse. She's currently working as a licensed practical nurse, and has seen first-hand how medical facilities are preparing for the coronavirus.

"Taking the necessary actions. Educating our staff and our residents on hand hygiene, and you know, symptoms to look for, you know cough, fever, sore throat, those kind of things," Marks explained.

Marks says she takes extra precautions every day.

"You know, the hand sanitizer and hand hygiene. That's the best way to prevent one getting the coronavirus, and two the spread of the coronavirus," Marks said.

She recommends others to do the same.

"Definitely need to keep a close eye. Hand hygiene, washing your hands, not going to public places unless you have to. You can still go, but you know hand hygiene. Put hand sanitizer in your pocket. Wash your hands. Those kinds of things," Marks said.

But for now, Marks is excited to start her career and make a difference in the world by helping others.

"One day we are all going to leave this world, but I want to leave an impact that I helped as many people as possible," Marks said.

The state health department says its focusing on awareness and prevention to fight the coronavirus. Local emergency management agencies are also staying in touch with the state health department.

The DeKalb County EMA recommended people who are sick to call their doctor before they visit. That way, they can discuss your symptoms and develop a plan to prevent it from spreading.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 54768

Reported Deaths: 1096
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson7012170
Mobile5061140
Montgomery4599112
Tuscaloosa274353
Madison25359
Marshall205012
Shelby176425
Lee164737
Morgan13975
Baldwin134111
Walker111332
Elmore107622
Etowah106914
Dallas10189
DeKalb10017
Franklin95016
Unassigned77728
Autauga71515
Russell7130
Chambers68530
Cullman6686
Limestone6653
Butler65529
Houston6417
Tallapoosa63069
Lauderdale6006
St. Clair5983
Calhoun5545
Colbert5286
Escambia5128
Lowndes49222
Pike4805
Jackson4422
Coffee4364
Covington43512
Talladega4177
Dale4061
Barbour4022
Bullock37810
Hale36323
Marengo36111
Chilton3452
Blount3311
Clarke3236
Wilcox3158
Marion30914
Winston3095
Sumter29713
Pickens2786
Randolph2759
Monroe2683
Perry2552
Conecuh2388
Bibb2271
Macon2229
Choctaw22012
Greene2009
Henry1573
Washington1529
Lawrence1460
Crenshaw1343
Cherokee1317
Geneva1010
Fayette901
Clay892
Lamar891
Coosa671
Cleburne481
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 65274

Reported Deaths: 749
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby14163224
Davidson13976146
Rutherford375539
Hamilton353538
Sumner204056
Williamson193916
Knox171710
Out of TN166012
Trousdale15105
Wilson126117
Putnam10817
Unassigned10772
Bradley10104
Robertson97313
Sevier9244
Montgomery8247
Tipton7177
Lake6960
Macon6467
Bledsoe6311
Bedford6309
Hamblen5084
Maury4993
Hardeman4444
Madison3842
Fayette3805
Rhea3500
Blount3483
Loudon3312
Dyer3023
McMinn29319
Cheatham2873
Dickson2820
Washington2760
Lawrence2506
Sullivan2485
Cumberland2294
Anderson2112
Gibson2031
Jefferson1931
Lauderdale1934
Smith1852
Warren1590
Greene1572
Monroe1566
Coffee1520
Cocke1460
Haywood1413
Hardin1407
Obion1273
Marshall1232
Wayne1230
Franklin1223
Giles1221
McNairy1171
Hickman1120
Carter1082
Marion1014
DeKalb990
Hawkins952
Lincoln950
White933
Roane880
Henderson830
Chester810
Overton791
Weakley791
Claiborne760
Campbell721
Grundy672
Crockett653
Unicoi600
Grainger590
Cannon580
Carroll571
Polk570
Henry540
Sequatchie520
Jackson500
Johnson490
Humphreys482
Perry430
Meigs400
Decatur350
Morgan341
Fentress290
Scott290
Union280
Stewart270
Clay230
Houston230
Moore230
Benton161
Hancock120
Lewis120
Van Buren90
Pickett80

 

 

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