Marion County has reported its first deaths due to COVID-19.
Marion County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Eric Terrell told the Journal Record that there have now been two deaths due to coronavirus. He said both have been in Hamilton. A third death has been reported but is still pending confirmation from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Due to patient privacy laws, no other information on the patients is available.
According to the ADPH, there are now 19 cases countywide and 107 tests have been administered.
“Blended learning” from home kicked off for Marion County and Winfield City schools on Monday, April 6.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced late on Friday, March 27, that students would not be returning to schools, extending the state’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Marion County and Winfield students have been out of classes since Monday, March 16.
Students will now be participating in distance learning from their homes for the remaining nine weeks of the school year, using either online resources or educational packets.
BRILLIANT - The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, with the help of Brilliant police and fire departments and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) safely rescued two missing male juveniles, 10 years old and 4 years old, in Brilliant on Thursday, April 2.
Along with the law enforcement agencies, 10 volunteer fire departments from the area quickly responded along with the Marion County Emergency Management Agency and Marion County Emergency Medical Service’s ambulance service.
GU-WIN - Due to social distancing mandates in Marion County, Winfield-based Faith Fellowship Church held its Sunday church service at The Blue Moon Drive-In Theater in Gu-Win on Sunday, March 29, gathering members of the church and visitors from the county.
Several cars pulled in to hear pastor Harry Saylor’s preaching while still being able to follow the directions of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on keeping six feet apart from each other.
Marion County ranked 13th in the state for unemployment during February, recording a rate of 4%, according to the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL).
The latest unemployment data for the state was released in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The economic impact of the pandemic and state, local and municipal shut-down measures are expected to be reflected in March’s unemployment report, which is set to be released at the end of April.
MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey stressed the ongoing importance of the 2020 Census, which is currently underway and available for immediate online, phone or mail response.
“It is an unprecedented time in Alabama, however, we must remain committed to Census participation,” said Gov. Ivey.
“The COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance of state representation on a national level. If we lose a representative due to a low Census count, that would mean one less voice advocating for Alabama’s needs during critical times in the future.”
• According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Brandon Keith Powell, 38, escaped from the Hamilton Community Based Facility/Community Work Center on Wednesday, April 1, at 6:23 p.m.
• Powell was in jail for third-degree burglary in Cherokee County. He was sentenced in August 2019.
In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Marion County's commission and probate judge's offices have issued a 24-hour public safety curfew and countywide at-home quarantine.
The order comes in the wake of Gov. Kay Ivey ordering non-essential businesses to close to the public and schools to finish the 2019-2020 school year from home.
The curfew and quarantine went into effect Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. and is scheduled through Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m.
HAMILTON - Elizabeth Foster, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) emergency preparedness coordinator, informed Marion County officials that testing for COVID-19 is now being limited to those who fall under a specific criteria.
This information was given during a meeting involving Emergency Management Agency Director Eric Terrell, several mayors, police officers and the Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams on Tuesday, March 24, at the ADPH building in Hamilton.
MARION COUNTY - Today marks the official 2020 Census Day in which individuals are officially counted in their homes.
The Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census in the mail. Once the invitation arrives, individuals should respond for their homes in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
HACKLEBURG - PeoplesTrust Bank has agreed to cover any outstanding legal fees it incurred on behalf of the Town of Hackleburg when it was attempting to save its local grocery store.
Former Hackleburg Market owner Wally Kemp announced in July 2019 that he was shutting down his store after five years of operations.
When news emerged that the town’s grocer would be closing last summer, the town sought to purchase the $2-million facility and its equipment.