The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) welcomes a support teamfrom the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which hasbeen deployed to assist with response to COVID-19.
ADPH has conducted testing, case investigation and contact tracing sincethe beginning of the pandemic. As the state is experiencing widespreadcommunity transmission, ADPH has worked to expand COVID-19 testing capabilitieswith drive-in sites throughout the state.
The five-member team of CDC professionals will be assisting the departmentfrom June 24 through July 3. ADPH requested the help of the team that includesan epidemiologist, a medical epidemiologist, an epidemiologist/data analyst,a risk communicator and an informatics/visualization specialist.
The CDC deployment team will help staff with streamlining COVID-19 reporting,developing county-level indicators for use by local officials, recommendinginterventions based on the analysis, and assisting with development andreview of outreach and communication messages to the public. For example,an analysis of pockets of greatest COVID-19 transmission can help in thedesign of public information and education campaigns for specific populations.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “The expertise of these publichealth professionals will further our staff’s abilities to assess ourprocesses and will help guide us in our efforts to protect the public duringthis pandemic. We are grateful for the partnerships we have with CDC andother authorities at the local, state and federal levels.”
To slow the spread of the virus, ADPH continues to recommend the publicpractice social distancing, respiratory hygiene (e.g., cover coughs andsneezes) hand washing/hand sanitizing and the use of face coverings toprevent further transmission of the virus. More information is availableat alabamapublichealth.gov and at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick.