UPDATE: Now 4 cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County
Published 10:24 am Tuesday, March 17, 2020
By EMILY SPARACINO | Staff Writer
Four cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been confirmed in Shelby County.
Shelby County’s four cases are among 36 total confirmed cases of the virus in Alabama as of March 17, according to an up-to-date list published on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website.
Shelby County is one of now five counties with multiple cases of COVID-19, as Jefferson County makes up the bulk of the count with 20 cases, while Tuscaloosa County has three, and Montgomery and Elmore counties both have two.
Other counties listed as having one confirmed case of COVID-19 include Baldwin, Lee and Limestone, Madison and St. Clair.
This latest update came at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16, which brought the total number of cases up from 29 the previous day to 36, while Shelby County’s four is one more than it had on Monday night and is the second highest total in the state.It also came a day after an Oak Mountain student at either the elementary or intermediate school was confirmed as having COVID-19 according to Shelby County Schools.
Testing for COVID-19 is being performed at the Church of the Highlands Grandview Campus.
“In an effort to support and care for our Birmingham community, Christ Health Center is partnering with us to open a COVID-19 drive-through testing site open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our Grandview Campus starting this Tuesday, March 17,” a post on the Church of the Highlands Facebook page read. “Testing resources are scarce nationally and are limited to those experiencing symptoms of cough or fever or persons who have had direct in-person exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please help protect these resources by not presenting if you are not certain you need to be tested.”
More information on the testing site is available at Churchofthehighlands.com/coronavirus.
For more information about COVID-19, visit Alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.