ALABAMA STAY AT HOME RULES START QUIETLY AS VIRUS CASES RISE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – As Alabama settles into a statewide stay at home order from the governor, the number of verified coronavirus cases continues to rise.

Heath officials said the number of COVID-19 infections in Alabama was at 830 on Monday morning. Around West Alabama, Tuscaloosa County has 23 confirmed cases, Walker County has 30, Pickens County has two, Greene County has three, Jefferson County has 246 and Shelby County has 79.

The official death count rose to six, but the state still hasn’t recorded any fatal cases from Lee County, where Coroner Bill Harris said Saturday that five more people had died at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Alabama closed nonessential businesses at 5 p.m. Saturday. In Tuscaloosa, Mayor Walt Maddox imposed a 24-hour curfew beginning Sunday.

No major problems were reported in the state overnight with the new rules.

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3/29/2020 2:23:10 PM (GMT -5:00)

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