SECOND CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN ALABAMA

Alabama has a second official coronavirus case. The first confirmed case was announced this morning.

The newest case is a patient from Jefferson County who traveled outside the state, said Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“This is a person who traveled internationally and returned to the U.S. and was ill by the time of returning,” he said.

That patient has been self-isolating at home because of their illness, Harris said.

“We are not surprised to have additional cases and we have been expecting this for some time,” he said.

There are several other presumed-positive cases in the state that have not yet been confirmed.

Starting Saturday at 8 a.m., there will be a call center available for anyone concerned about getting tested. The phone number is 1-888-264-2256.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also announced a state of emergency following President Donald Trump’s national state of emergency.

That declaration means Alabama can spend extra resources on health care and facilities and ensures students will not have to make up days missed from a two and a half week public school closure also announced today.

“Let’s take a common-sense approach and remember that calm and steady wins the race,” Ivey said during the announcement.

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