Marion County's first COVID-19-positive individual is from Hackleburg, mayor says

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 16:50
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HACKLEBURG - A Hackleburg resident has Marion County's first positive case of COVID-19, according to Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) confirmed on Saturday, March 21, that it had recorded Marion County's first case of the virus. Colburn made a statement on social media the next day (Sunday, March 22) notifying the public that the case was in his town.

"The individual has been contracted by the ADPH about testing positive and has been in quarantine," Colburn said, noting that the individual has not been in public since being notified.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prohibits the release of any more personal information of the individual, according to Colburn.

"As I've state before, this is no time to live in fear or to panic, but please be cautious and use common sense until we get through this," Colburn said. "And we will get through this."

The mayor said that he is working with the Marion County Emergency Management Agency's Office, ADPH and state, county and town officials to move forward in the best interest of Hackleburg residents.

According ADPH, 1,602 Alabama residents have been tested for the virus. There have been 157 positive tests and no deaths.

More details will be posted as they develop.