Alabama Department of Public Health (CURRENT ALABAMA KNOWN CASE NUMBERS)
Amended Safer at Home goes into effect May 22nd. Ends July 3rd at 5pm
Entertainment Venues (such as arcades and theaters) are open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Athletic Activities: Practice is allowed May 23rd. Competition allowed on June 15th, all subject to social-distancing rules and guidelines.
Educational Institutions are open on June 1st subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Child Day Care are open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Summer Camp open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
WHAT STAYS THE SAME:
Individuals are encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices.
Employers can open businesses subject to sanitation rules and guidelines.
Retail stores 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules.
Medical Procedures allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to treat COVID19.
Senior Citizen Centers regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside delivery or pickup.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes still must restrict visitation.
Non-work gatherings still required to maintain 6-feet distance between persons not from same household.
Restaurants, Bars and Breweries open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables, subject to sanitation rules and guidelines.
Beaches are open to no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6-feet distance.
United Way of Marshall County has created a Community Crisis Relief Fund
in response to the coronavirus outbreak to help increase access to basic
needs for struggling individuals and families and our most vulnerable
community members. Donations can be made online at
www.unitedwaymarshall.org or by mailing a check to the United Way of
Marshall County, 709 Blount Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976.
24 hour hotline for coronavirus questions if you don’t have a healthcare provider 1-888-264-2256. If its busy, keep trying.
Call 2-1-1 First Call for Help for information and resources available in the community during this outbreak.
For complete COVID19 testing locations, click here
WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the name for the illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus that originated in China. Coronaviruses are very common. Coronaviruses infect the respiratory tract and are associated with the common cold and pneumonia.
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
Much is still unknown about how this coronavirus spreads. The current understanding of the virus is based on what is known about previously-discovered coronaviruses. Personto-person transmission generally occurs within close contact (about six feet) and is thought to spread via respiratory droplets that occur with coughing and sneezing. It may be possible for the virus to be spread through touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustain-ably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reported a wide range of severity of illness. Some experience very mild symptoms while others have experienced severe illness and deaths have occurred. Symptoms have included fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?
Because testing kits are in short supply and resources to handle a huge volume of coronavirus tests are not available, you should have a test only if you have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, such as: FEVER , COUGH , SHORTNESS OF BREATH. Contact your physician and follow their instructions if you have any of these risk factors: 60+ years old , high blood pressure, diabetes , lung disease, such as emphysema, asthma, COPD. If you have risk factors and someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you should be tested.
HOW TO GET A TEST?
Tests are run on swabs obtained from your nose or throat. A physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner must order the COVID-19 tests. They will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to determine if a test is appropriate. If your physician or provider is not available to order the test, many communities have set up testing stations in parking lots and public spaces. You can find a list of testing sites by visiting AlabamaBlue.com/Coronavirus
WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING TESTED?
After being tested for COVID-19, go home to self-isolate and remain there until you receive your results. The decision to end your home isolation should be made with the advice of your physician or provider. If you are tested for COVID-19 and then hospitalized, you will be in isolation according to the facility’s Infection Control Office guidelines.