Mayor William E. Cooper is asking everyone to be diligent in practicing social distancing, washing hands and other CDC-recommended safety measures now the the first case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Coffee County.
The Alabama Department of Public Health made the announcement in a press release Thursday afternoon. The ADPH gave no further details.
The following is an excerpt from the press release.
Social distancing is the most important recommendation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that any gatherings that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons be postponed or canceled. As with other respiratory illnesses, it is important that everyone continue to take steps to protect themselves and others by minimizing their risks. This includes practicing good hand hygiene, avoiding close contact with sick persons, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
Persons who are 65 years and older and those with health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and other conditions that can weaken the immune system should limit their interactions with others since they are most at risk.
ADPH is committed to sharing up-to-date information and will maintain patient privacy when announcing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama residents as follows:
- • COVID-19 General Information - 800-270-7268
Telephone calls are answered from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, and a language line is available for people who do not speak English.
- • The COVID-19 General Information E-mail address - email@example.com
In addition, a toll-free phone line provides information about available testing sites and hours of operation statewide at 888-264-2256.
More information is available by clicking “Coronavirus” on the home page of alabamapublichealth.gov/ and at the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
and the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency