VIRUS OUTBREAK: STATE ORDERS CLOSURES IN SOME COUNTIES

By KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is ordering the closure of day care and senior centers in six counties near the center of the the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

State officials also told restaurants in those counties to end on-site dining for the next week.

The directive includes Jefferson County, which has the highest number of cases and includes the city of Birmingham.

Alabama has 36 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

A drive-thru coronavirus testing site set up at a church on U.S. 280 south of Birmingham had to be closed Tuesday after hundreds of vehicles snarled traffic on the heavily traveled highway.

Officials hoped to reopen the operation on Wednesday.

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3/17/2020 1:32:58 PM (GMT -5:00)

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