JASPER MAYOR SAYS HE’S HAPPY WITH RESIDENTS’ COVID-19 RESPONSE

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Jasper Mayor David O’Mary says he couldn’t be happier with how his residents are handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Mary said he sees residents practicing social distancing and obeying the state’s curfew, and open stores are ensuring employees and patrons are protected.

Jasper is beginning to see sales tax numbers from March, but it’s still too early to see the virus’s long-term effects on the economy, he said.

“Maybe in June we can begin to get a feel for what the future is going to look like” O’Mary said. “What kind of resiliency the economy will have.”

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Walker County has 93 confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with zero deaths.

O’Mary said he’s waiting to hear Gov. Kay Ivey’s plans for the state on April 28 before he makes any plans for next month.

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