MADDOX ADDRESSES CORONAVIRUS WITH CLOSINGS, CANCELLATIONS
By WVUA 23 Reporter Julia Smith
With the coronavirus making its way across the United States, businesses, athletics events and schools are slowly moving to lockdown. Sen. Doug Jones addressed the state with an update on how Alabama is taking action.
A $8.6 billion bill passed in Washington to go toward funding, more testing, research for a cure and protective gear for hospital employees to treat infected patients.
“I don’t think we have a situation like Italy,” Jones said. “If we can get those tests out, we are going to be able to plan a lot better, but we just don’t have that now”.
Jones said with the state of Alabama having fewer tests available than other states, Jones asks that those who only receive symptoms of a fever or shortest of breath test for the virus.
In Tuscaloosa, Mayor Walt Maddox announced that he has issued a Level 2 precaution for the county. Personal, financial and legal responses will be applied to finding out more information about the virus.
“The coronavirus is likely to come to our community, if not most communities, in the United States,” Maddox said. “We need to be keeping as many people home as possible.”
He also said that all public events, like town hall meetings, the Druid City Art Festival and all other public events associated with the city, have all been cancelled until further notice. Maddox also said travel for city employees have all been cancelled.