Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox this evening announced Tuscaloosa has its first confirmed coronavirus case and declared at state of emergency for the city.

Maddox said the individual was initially treated at DCH Regional Medical Center, but is believed to now be recovering at home.

“We are in uncharted waters,” Maddox said. This will be a long-term event, and residents should prepare but should also continue living their lives.

Residents should use common sense as they go about their daily lives, Maddox said, and continue exhibiting good hygiene and remaining at home if unwell.

The Bureau of Clinical Laboratories in Alabama has so far tested 28 patients for the virus. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, six of those patients’ tests are referred to as presumptive positive. Several dozen more tests are awaiting results.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presumptive positive means a patient has been tested positive by a local public health laboratory, but those results are still pending confirmation from the CDC itself.

Of those, two cases were announced earlier today — one in Montgomery County and one in Jefferson County. The new cases are in Tuscaloosa, Elmore and Limestone counties. One case is referred to as “out of town,” which likely means the patient is not a resident of Alabama or is not currently in the state.

“By issuing (a state of emergency), it provides the ability to respond at the speed of urgency if needed, to ensure the safety of our community,” Maddox said.

The city has been preparing for this eventuality for weeks, Maddox said, and they are now providing a 60-day extension for nonpayment for water, sewer and garbage.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Coronavirus UPDATE— According the Alabama Public Health website, there is now a presumed case of <a href="">#coronavirus</a> in Tuscaloosa County. <a href="">@wvua23</a> <a href=""></a></p>
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