Halcomb spreading hope after coronavirus recovery

Jeff Halcomb (front, left) is pictured with his family (front, from left) granddaughter - Harper Taylor, wife Lisa Halcomb, (back row, from left) Chad, Erica and Elijah Herring; Jessie, Kody and Dawson Ortiz; Shelby and Jordan Humphres; and Trent and Amanda Taylor

Hamilton - A Marion County man has recovered after being hospitalized for COVID-19.
Jeff Halcomb, 55, is now at home after spending six days in the hospital being treated for coronavirus.
Halcomb lives in Hamilton with his wife, Lisa, a nursing instructor at Bevill State Community College’s Hamilton Campus.
The couple has four daughters--two who live in Hamilton, one in Phil Campbell and another in Russellville. They welcomed their fourth grandchild on Wednesday, April 15, the same day Halcomb was able to return home.


Nursing home employee dies of COVID-19

HAMILTON - Marion County has lost its first healthcare worker after she tested positive for coronavirus.
According to family-issued statements, Rose Harrison, 60, Guin, died peacefully Monday night, April 6, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. She was an employee at the Marion Regional Nursing Home and had worked in healthcare for around 30 years.
It appears that Harrison is the first nursing home worker in the state to die due to the virus.
Harrison is survived by her husband, Jimmy Harrison, three daughters and 10 grandchildren.

Marion County reporting three COVID-19 deaths

A sign posted at North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton restricting visitors at the facility.

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.


Schools launch blended learning

“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.


County orders 24-hour curfew, quarantine

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.

Local hospitals commended for COVID-19 precautions

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Northern District Administrator Judy Smith speaks during a COVID-19 meeting in Marion County on Wednesday, March 25.>

HAMILTON - A state health officer has commended Marion County’s local hospitals for measures taken to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
“I have to commend you for what you’re doing,” Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Northern District Administrator Judy Smith told hospital administrators from North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton and Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.

Gudger stresses social distancing

HAMILTON - Adhering to state-ordered health policies could reduce the local impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by 80%, said state Sen. Garlan Gudger, during a meeting with 19 Marion County industry leaders and officials.
The senator and state Rep. Tracy Estes met with a cross-section of officials in law enforcement, health care and education on Wednesday morning, March 25, to discuss the local response and needs associated with the coronavirus outbreak.

Municipalities able to hold tele-meetings

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation giving governmental bodies in the state the ability to hold meetings via telephone conference, video conference or other similar communications equipment.
The proclamation affects bodies such as the Marion County Commission, city and town councils and boards of education within the county that are unable to hold open public meetings with 25 or more individuals.
This is due to new guidelines under the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.