In Alabama and around the country, the coronavirus is continuing to spread while residents hunker down and stay home or do their best to keep healthy.

On Thursday, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama jumped to 78 cases, from 68 the day before.

Tuscaloosa County makes up four of those. Jefferson County has the most cases, with 34. Lee County is coming in at No. 2 with 10 cases.

In all, 14 counties are reporting cases.

Thursday afternoon, the Alabama Department of Public Health hosted a news conference stressing the importance of social distancing, and requesting residents take the recommendations seriously.

“What we need is help from the public to make sure these get carried out,” said Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health. “We need people to take it seriously. We need them to understand that if they self isolate like we asked them to do, we will get through this a lot quicker.”

ADPH has extended school and business closures through April 6, but Harris said that will likely be extended again as the virus continues its spread.

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