MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, the Alabama Department of Public Health maintained that there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Alabama, although that may change in the next few days.
Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris says there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama at this time.
“We do expect in the coming days we will have positive testing, but as of now we do not have any,” Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said during a press conference Thursday evening.
ADPH officials are encouraging people to avoid being within six feet of another person.
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They also echoed the Jefferson County Health Department by encouraging “mass gatherings” of 500 or more be canceled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Health officials say the recommendation does not apply to schools or workplaces. However, they are not encouraging school, work or daycare closings.
ADPH said testing is only done in the ADPH Lab in Montgomery. They say they have tested many people and have not had any positive results. People can be screened at local health departments, but those samples must be tested in Montgomery.
Health experts say that county health departments are not equipped for testing at this time. People who believe they may need to be tested are being urged to refrain from attempting to get tested at local health departments.
There will be a webcast held on the Alabama Department Public Health website at 10 a.m. Friday with additional details regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
For more details on the testing and the coronavirus, visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/.
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