Gov. Ivey orders non-essential businesses to close to public

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:06
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Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that all non-essential businesses are ordered to be closed to non-employees effective tomorrow at 5 p.m. (Saturday, March 28) in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. The order is in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17 when a determination on extending the order will be made.

As of today (Friday, March 27), Alabama has tested 4,755 people for the virus, with 587 positive cases and three deaths.

On-campus learning canceled for remainder of school year

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 16:25
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Gov. Kay Ivey announced school campuses will not reopen this school year during a joint press conference today with State School Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and State Health Officer Scott Harris.

Educators were preparing for students to return to classrooms on Monday, April 6. Marion County and Winfield City schools have been closed since Monday, March 16.

Marion County case numbers grow to 7

• Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have grown to seven in Marion County, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s database. The numbers were recorded around noon on Thursday, March 26, nearly doubling the county’s case count from the previous day of four. The first confirmed case, a Hackleburg resident, was made on Saturday, March 21.

• According to Northwest Medical Center officials, the Winfield hospital has collected 37 samples as of Thursday, March 26--four of which have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

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.

Health officials confirm first case of COVID-19 in Marion County

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 11:25
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The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed Marion County's first positive case of coronavirus, according to state Rep. Tracy Estes.

Estes told the Journal Record state health officials contacted him Saturday morning, March 21, to inform him of the positive test. The state health department said it would not be providing any other information regarding the case.

Marshall warns against price gouging

MONTGOMERY—Attorney General Steve Marshall warns those who would seek to illegally profit from the current public health emergency that Alabama’s price gouging law has been activated.
On March 13, 2020, Gov. Kay Ivey declared a State Public Health Emergency in Alabama relating to the appearance of the 2019 novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.  Alabama’s price gouging law comes into effect when the governor declares a State of Emergency and it prohibits the “unconscionable pricing” of items for sale or rent.

Walker County confirms first case of coronavirus

Walker County, which borders the southeast corner of Marion County, has confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

For information on where to get tested, residents may call the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-888-264-2256 for testing sites and hours of operation.

The following counties have confirmed COVID-19 cases by the Alabama Department of Public Health: