State health department investigating possible Madison Co. COVID-19 death

Huntsville COVID-19 Update

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville leaders confirmed an investigation into a possible COVID-19 death in Madison county.

EMA Director Jeff Birdwell said Alabama Department of Public Health officials are investigating a possible COVID-19 death in Madison County during a daily briefing.

He said it was the first such investigation his office had been made aware of.

Dr. Pam Hudson of Crestwood Hospital talked about positive tests as well.

“There are currently 4 patients in care with positive tests” said Hudson. “We have 30 tests pending that we are currently waiting on results for.”

“We are in a critical period in the stop of the spread of this.”

“If you need us, our hospitals are there for you.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle thanked our healthcare professionals to open his remarks.

“Please continue to social distance” said Battle. “Now is the time to stop the spread of this.”

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray finished the opening remarks by speaking on what the police force is going through during the pandemic.

“We are doing as much business as we can between departments via teleconference” said McMurray. “Practice physical distancing. Stay 6 feet away from your neighbor.”

“Don’t reach down and pet your neighbor’s dog everytime it comes up to you in the park.”

“If you want to know anything about COVID-19, go to our local media partners.”

During the question and answer period, WAFF’s Chris Joseph asked Jeff Birdwell about the reported death in Madison county.

Birdwell said there was no further information at this time.

The officials also said no “shelter in place” order was in the works at the moment but the situation will continue to be monitored.

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