July 3, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Myles Chamblee, Public Information Officer
Office: 256-435-0540; Cell: 256-499-8607; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALHOUN COUNTY NOW IN “HIGH” CATEGORY ACCORDING TO ALABAMA
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Calhoun County, Alabama— Calhoun County has moved from the “Moderate High” rate to the “High” rate of COVID-19 cases in in the last 14 days. This designation indicates a higher level of community spread of the infectious disease as the number of cases each week are increasing in the County. Overall, the percentage of positive tests as well as hospitalizations continue to increase across the State of Alabama.
Calhoun County recorded 42 new COVID-19 on July 2, 2020. This a single day high for new reported cases for Calhoun County. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) provides some updated data for each county pertaining to COVID-19 on a web accessible informative dashboard. These categorizations of COVID-19 confirmed cases rate per 100,000 persons in a 14 day period is listed for all counties. The four categories are; High, Moderately High, Moderate, and Low.
Although, Calhoun County has now entered the “High” category, Calhoun County’s confirmed cases per 100,000 people still remains the second lowest in the Alabama, with Cleburne County as the lowest. At the time of this release, Calhoun County has recorded a rate of 121 cases confirmed in the last 14 days. This is the most cases recorded in a 14 day period to date.
Director of Emergency Management, Michael Barton stated, “The Calhoun County Unified Command remains activated and ready to support our local medical facilities’ capacity of care and our first responders readiness for response. Each citizen of Calhoun County can also do their part to protect themselves and others by taking this threat serious and follow the recommended precautions of public health officials such as washing your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering when in public, and avoiding close contact with other people.”
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center CEO, Louis Bass also stated, “Our team is ready and prepared.” For updated information on COVID-19, please visit www.calhounema.org/latest-updates.