Officials urge mask use as coronavirus cases hit daily records in Madison County

Thursday brought about a record high of new cases across the state and in Madison County. Officials are urging people to use masks to help prevent the spread.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 11:20 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2020 10:24 AM

Both Madison County and the State of Alabama reported record high daily increases of confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday.

During a Huntsville City Council meeting, Jeff Birdwell, director of Madison County emergency management, noted that nearly half of the county’s total cases were registered in the last 14 days.

Protesters sit outside a Huntsville City Hall meeting Thursday.

“As far as I know, we don’t have a nursing home that’s been infected, we don’t have a large workforce that has been infected, at least that we know,” Birdwell said. “So, you kind of put two and two together and we’ve just got general community spread going on.”

During the meeting, Birdwell and several city council members expressed the importance of wearing a mask in an effort to reduce the spread.

“It’s not something that’s being imposed, it is not something that’s silly, it’s something that we just have to get used to,” Frances Akridge, District 2, said.

“I do believe people should have a choice, so that is my reluctancy to make it mandatory,” Will Culver, District 5, explained.

Outside the meeting, where dozens gathered to watch a live stream, some said they felt completely comfortable in a group setting due to the precautions many had taken.

“I want to do everything I can while being here to keep myself and others as safe as possible, which includes, of course, wearing a mask,” Shawn Estes, a protester, said.

While it doesn’t appear that there’s any real movement towards a mandatory mask order, officials will continue to push for mask use in public as cases numbers climb.

Birdwell said the most important thing to have right now is community cooperation, again emphasizing the importance of distance, sanitizing and face coverings.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
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Jefferson4802152
Montgomery3947103
Mobile3904134
Tuscaloosa218842
Marshall168010
Lee130237
Madison12717
Shelby117623
Morgan10475
Walker90524
Franklin87814
Dallas8689
Elmore86414
Baldwin8289
Etowah70713
DeKalb6945
Butler62328
Chambers61227
Tallapoosa58369
Autauga56012
Russell5190
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Lauderdale4736
Limestone4660
Lowndes46321
Houston4614
Cullman4354
Pike4175
Colbert3836
Coffee3702
Bullock3679
St. Clair3472
Barbour3452
Covington3437
Escambia3326
Calhoun3225
Hale30621
Marengo30011
Talladega3007
Wilcox2898
Sumter28412
Clarke2726
Dale2680
Jackson2632
Winston2463
Monroe2312
Chilton2282
Blount2261
Pickens2226
Marion21413
Randolph2019
Conecuh1977
Choctaw19512
Bibb1861
Greene1838
Macon1819
Perry1621
Henry1313
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1050
Washington1047
Cherokee857
Geneva780
Lamar751
Fayette671
Clay622
Coosa581
Cleburne361
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48712

Reported Deaths: 633
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Shelby11145197
Davidson10450118
Rutherford285435
Hamilton266533
Sumner155952
Trousdale14945
Williamson122614
Knox10865
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Wilson89117
Putnam8537
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Sevier7683
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Tipton6335
Bledsoe6181
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Macon4363
Maury3263
Hardeman3255
Hamblen3144
Fayette3102
Madison2802
Loudon2771
Rhea2760
Dyer2401
McMinn22718
Cheatham2251
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Lawrence1526
Washington1420
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Smith1111
Sullivan1082
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Cocke900
Franklin823
Wayne820
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White703
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Weakley631
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Roane590
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Carter561
Giles561
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Carroll441
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Polk440
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Crockett343
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Perry330
Sequatchie330
Chester300
Humphreys271
Jackson260
Morgan251
Stewart230
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Fentress220
Scott180
Clay160
Union160
Houston140
Benton131
Moore120
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