FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - Lauderdale county remains at a high risk for the spread of COVID-19 according to the Alabama Department of Public health dashboard.
On Monday, Florence mayor Andy Betterton announced he is in quarantine following a positive COVID test.
More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in the county within the last two weeks.
Lauderdale county Commissioner chairman Danny Pettus said county leaders are using all of the $2.6 million in cares act funding to combat the virus.
Doctor Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health says the state is still in the first phase of the vaccination plan but adds that more than 40,000 doses have already been distributed.
However, Doctor Landers believes it will be months until the vaccine is available to anyone who wants it. She added that people should still be taking proper precautions to stop the spread of the virus
”I ask people to decide, what do you have to do? If you don’t have to go to a gathering, don’t go. Go to work and go home. It’s boring, it’s certainly tough for mental health. Crowds and closed in spaces, its bad,” said Dr. Landers
Doctor Landers said along with the state department of health, hospitals, pharmacists and doctor’s offices will be giving out the vaccine in phases when they receive it.