UPDATE: Now 10 cases of COVID-19 in county, state sees just 3 more

By EMILY SPARACINO | Staff Writer

A total of 10 cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have now been confirmed in Shelby County.

Shelby County’s 10 cases are among 81 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Alabama as of the morning of Friday, March 20, according to an up-to-date list published on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website.

While the county’s number went up by one since Thursday afternoon’s numbers were released, it marked just a three-case jump across the state, one of the lowest jumps since the first case was reported a week ago on Friday, March 13.

Shelby County is one of seven counties with multiple cases of COVID-19 and one of three with cases reaching double digits, as Jefferson County makes up the bulk of the count with 36 cases, while Lee County also has 10, Elmore County has five, Madison County has five, Tuscaloosa County has four and Montgomery County has three.

Other counties listed as having one confirmed case of COVID-19 include Baldwin, Calhoun, Chambers, Limestone, Mobile, St. Clair, Talladega and Walker.

This latest update came at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 20, and brought the total number of cases up from 78 the previous afternoon to 81, while Shelby County’s 10 is one more than it had the previous day. It also comes after positive tests have come out of three Shelby County schools featuring students that have come in contact with people at Oak Mountain Intermediate and Elementary schools, Helena High and Middle schools and Calera High and Middle schools.

Courtesy of Alabama Department of Public Health

Testing for COVID-19 is being performed at the Church of the Highlands Grants Mill location as well as Total Care 280 in the North Shelby area off U.S. 280. You are urged to get tested only if you present symptoms of a fever or cough, or have been in contact with somebody who has the virus.

If you think you have been exposed or have symptoms, please isolate and call your doctor or nearest medical facility for guidance or call the Alabama Department of Public Health hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

More information on the testing site is available at Churchofthehighlands.com/coronavirus.

For more information about COVID-19, visit Alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.