People in Huntsville relieved coronavirus quarantine not coming to Alabama

Some Alabama lawmakers wanted a facility in Anniston, Alabama.

Posted: Feb 23, 2020 7:18 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 7:35 AM

We spoke with people in Huntsville after finding out the plan to have a coronavirus quarantine center wasn't happening anymore.

Many people we spoke with are relieved the quarantine center is a no-go.

They say they think centers like that are necessary but not in a place where the virus isn't detected yet.

"They got to build it somewhere. It's better to have it than not have it," said Zach O'Donnel.

O'Donnel supports the idea of learning more about this virus and ways to help those infected, but he says if the virus isn't here, why bring it to Alabama?

"It could alarm some of us because it's close to us. I think it can affect anybody," said Michael Pendergrast.

Saturday afternoon, officials announced a plan to have a center in Anniston for people who tested positive for the coronavirus but weren't showing symptoms. It was for passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in Japan during the outbreak.

Health officials wanted to monitor the virus closely, and if patients got worse, they'd transfer them to a hospital.

"Am I immune to it? I mean anyone can get it. I think it affects all of us," said Pendergrast.

Gov. Kay Ivey made a statement in which she said the center was only to be used as a back-up plan because there are other states the Department of Health is looking at.

O'Donnel told WAAY 31 if anything, he hopes there'd be a plan if the coronavirus were in the Rocket City.

"If the coronavirus reaches Alabama, we're going to need a facility," he said.

On Twitter, Ivey thanked President Trump for having the support of Alabama and wants to assure people that the plan was never fully assessed to begin with.

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