The Alabama Departmentof Public Health (ADPH) website now provides additional data elements todescribe the state residents who are affected by COVID-19. This can beviewed under the “Current Situation in Alabama” header at alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html.
Demographic characteristicsinclude the following:
· Numberof laboratory-confirmed cases
· Totalnumber hospitalized
Clinical and epidemiologiccharacteristics of patients include:
· Intensivecare unit
· Healthcareworker (Hospitals and doctors’ offices)
State Health OfficerDr. Scott Harris said, “We have received several requests for informationabout the many Alabamians affected by this highly infectious and deadlyvirus. Everyone plays a critical role in protecting others.”
During this criticaltime, the public is reminded to stay home if sick except to seek medicalcare, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, avoid touching eyes,nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and keep a six-foot distance betweenthemselves and others. Fines for each violation of the health order areup to $500.
An ADPH toll-free hotlineand e-mail address are as follows:
· COVID-19General Information – 800-270-7268
Telephone calls areanswered from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, and a language line is availablefor people who do not speak English.
· TheCOVID-19 General Information E-mail address – [email protected]
In addition, a toll-freephone line provides information about available testing sites and hoursof operation statewide at 888-264-2256. No medical advice is given on thisline.