Marshall County officials discuss latest COVID-19 issues

Marshall County officials discuss latest COVID-19 issues

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Marshall County officials held COVID-19 press briefing at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

See the full briefing below:

Thursday's Marshall County COVID-19 update

Guests included:

  • Chairman James Hutcheson of the Marshall County Commission
  • Ms. Judy Smith, ADPH North Alabama District
  • Ms. Kathy Woodruff, Director of Nursing for Marshall Medical Centers
  • Dr. Victor Sparks, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Marshall Medical Center North
  • Anita McBurnett, Director, Marshall County Emergency Management

As of Thursday, there are over 2,700 COVID-19 cases in Marshall County. Woodruff said they have 25 COVID-19 patients between the two hospitals.

Woodruff says as of this week, there are 10 patients in the ICU at both hospitals and five people on ventilators.

However, she says they are seeing steady cases and a good amount of people recovering.

Officials also said they’ve seen first hand that masks do work.

As of now, health officials say there have been 24 deaths at Marshall Medical Centers and 28 total in the county.

Smith says if you have been exposed to someone with the virus, you should wait at least three to four days to allow it to build up in yourself before getting testing to receive accurate results.

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