Huntsville officials update COVID-19 latest on Friday

Updated: May. 8, 2020 at 11:47 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville and Madison county leaders updated the latest on the pandemic at noon on Friday.

Alabama Department of Public Health official Dr. Karen Landers updated the number of ‘recovered’ patients in the area.

“As of this morning, 3,016 people meet the criteria of no longer symptomatic in our north Alabama.”

“We continue to update our criteria of what consists of COVID-19 as we learn more about the virus.”

“We are doing more testing and we expect to find more cases as part of this increased testing.”

“Through our contact tracing testing, we have identified 11,000 people that came in contact with the virus even if they weren’t diagnosed with it.”

“Please continue to use social distance guidelines and wear cloth masks.”

Madison Mayor Paul Finley started by wishing the Madison county commission chair a Happy Birthday.

“Happy Birthday to Dale Strong. It is his 50th birthday.”

“We only had 7 new cases all week in Madison county.”

“We are very appreciative of Gov. Kay Ivey for allowing us to speak with her multiple times over the recent weeks.”

“Remember - the new guidelines don’t go into place until Monday. This weekend is not new.”

“A large number of masks were purchased and distributed to the different municipalities. Those masks will be available at a variety of places that are needed on a daily basis.”

“If you are sick, don’t go out.”

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