Huntsville leaders: only 10 COVID positive patients in local hospitals

Updated: May. 1, 2020 at 11:54 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville and Madison county officials held a coronavirus press briefing at noon on Friday.

Dr. Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health talked about the governor’s new order that started last night.

“While this week the Governor moved to the ‘Safer-at-Home’ order, she emphasized as we go out in public to continue to do the practices that help us not spread the virus.”

Landers noted as of today 2,320 patients had recovered from COVID-19 under the definition that the ADPH is following.

“Again, we expect that COVID-19 will be with us but between social distancing and testing, we should be able to keep our numbers flat.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle discussed a drop in industry complaints.

“We track industry and retail complaints daily.”

“Typically we see around 10 complaints per day.”

“Right now, we are getting one or two on average.”

“This will likely go up when businesses begin to re-open but we like that fact currently.”

“It is going to be a beautiful weekend. It will be tough to keep people socially distanced when the weather is this nice.”

“We need to keep our eye on the goal here and not let up.”

“We will have people in our parks this weekend making sure residents continue to stay distanced.”

“We plan to do the same thing in retail stores as well.”

“Today we have 10 positive cases in hospitals in Madison county. Only two of those are on ventilators.”

“For March, unemployment was 2.9%. I expect the number will spike in April but continue a downward trend into the summer.”

See the above video for Friday’s full remarks.

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