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

Cases: 490220

Reported Deaths: 9744
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Mobile35810721
Madison32203443
Tuscaloosa23961409
Montgomery22417489
Shelby21773211
Baldwin19635272
Lee14883147
Morgan13571248
Etowah13118312
Calhoun13090283
Marshall11212203
Houston10036257
Limestone9321133
Elmore9313179
Cullman8864177
St. Clair8771220
Lauderdale8570210
DeKalb8419173
Talladega7450162
Walker6492249
Jackson6466102
Autauga617285
Blount6072125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5229100
Dale4614106
Russell401431
Franklin397675
Covington3948105
Chilton383196
Escambia376670
Tallapoosa3559139
Clarke342749
Dallas3396140
Chambers3393103
Pike292771
Lawrence281284
Marion280793
Winston245665
Bibb243759
Marengo238554
Geneva238468
Pickens223554
Barbour209550
Hale208464
Fayette199356
Butler195165
Henry182341
Cherokee176338
Monroe165638
Randolph162740
Washington156233
Crenshaw143353
Clay143254
Macon140543
Cleburne136539
Lamar131632
Lowndes130148
Wilcox120825
Bullock116534
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98231
Coosa86823
Greene86732
Choctaw54723
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 768946

Reported Deaths: 11266
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Shelby866001472
Davidson80790841
Knox45241571
Hamilton39979454
Rutherford37906375
Williamson25011202
Sumner21166312
Montgomery17207207
Out of TN1667091
Wilson16194209
Unassigned15662125
Sullivan14169273
Blount13929178
Bradley12734138
Washington12671231
Maury12141159
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Madison10049226
Robertson8886118
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Hawkins518793
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Obion435794
Rhea411773
Lincoln410561
Cocke396192
Marshall388354
Cheatham385743
Campbell378158
Weakley377559
Giles371095
Henderson361173
Carroll346881
Hardeman337663
Macon335073
White333965
Hardin329762
Lauderdale309342
Henry298975
Marion290244
Wayne286430
Scott285042
Overton283757
Claiborne273666
McNairy265051
Haywood264359
Hickman262840
DeKalb261548
Smith253336
Grainger240746
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