(Press Release) — With COVID-19 numbers increasing daily, Mayor William E. Cooper is urging everyone to do their part to slow down the spread of the highly contagious virus that threatens to fill hospitals throughout the state to capacity.
Cooper said he is concerned that the rapid spread recently could overwhelm Medical Center Enterprise and hamper efforts to help those who need medical attention because of COVID or any other reason. The Mayor is closely monitoring the virus situation through the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency, Alabama Department of Public Health, MCE and other agencies.
“We are holding our own right now,” Cooper said. “But the situation is critical. We need to all follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and do our part to keep this virus from spreading so rapidly.”
Urging everyone to be diligent in wearing masks when in public or in groups of people outside their household, the Mayor also asked that everyone limit their interaction outside of the home whenever possible until the dramatic upward trend in cases passes.
The ADPH reports today that Coffee County has 570 active cases with 42 total deaths. The overall number of cases in the county since last March is now at 3,865. Statewide, Alabama has had 384,184 with 50,724 active cases today. The ADPH does report that the numbers may be higher today because of a delay in reporting and testing in parts of the state because of the Christmas holidays.
Cooper said his goal, and that of leaders and health officials across the state, is to lower the number of cases that are active at one time so the medical system statewide doesn’t get overwhelmed.
For more information about the virus and statewide response, go to adph.com. You can get information on symptoms, testing and a recommended safety measures by visiting https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/news/2020/12/31.html