June 29, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Myles Chamblee, Public Information Officer
Cell: 256-499-8607; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALHOUN COUNTY NOW IN “MODERATELY HIGH” CATEGORY ACCORDING TO ALABAMA
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Calhoun County, Alabama— Calhoun County has moved from the “Moderate” rate to the “Moderately 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.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) provides some updated data for each county pertaining to COVID-19 on an 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. Until this point during the Pandemic, Calhoun County has remained in the Moderate or Low categories.
Although, Calhoun County has now entered the “Moderately 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 58 cases confirmed in the last 14 days. This is the most cases recorded in a 14 day period to date. The second closest was back on April 12, with 55 cases.
Director of Emergency Management, Michael Barton stated, “The increase of COVID in our communities obviously still poses a real threat and present danger. Each person must remain diligent with the recommended precautions so that in Calhoun County can hopefully avoid the most severe effects of this infectious disease to individual’s health, organizational function, and economic impact. It is essential for each of us to take individual responsibility and do all we can to protect ourselves our neighbors, and our livelihoods from the danger of COVID-19 in Calhoun County.”
Individuals in Calhoun County are highly encouraged to take precautions such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hygiene in order to keep yourself and others safe.
For updated information on COVID-19, please visit www.calhounema.org/latest-updates.