UPDATE: County has 6 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaches 16

By EMILY SPARACINO | Staff Writer and ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

A total of 16 cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have now been confirmed in Shelby County.

Shelby County’s 16 cases are among 124 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Alabama as of the morning of Saturday, March 21, according to an up-to-date list published on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website.

It marked a six-case jump for the County, which was at 10 as of the last count of confirmed cases on Friday afternoon, while the state total has jumped from 81 to 124 since Friday morning.

Shelby County is one of now 10 counties with multiple cases of COVID-19 and has the second highest total of confirmed cases, as Jefferson County makes up the bulk of the count with 60 cases, while Lee County now has 12, Elmore County has six, Madison County has six, Tuscaloosa County has four, Montgomery County has three, Baldwin County has two, Cullman County has two and Mobile County has two.

Other counties listed as having one confirmed case of COVID-19 include Calhoun, Chambers, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Limestone, Marion, St. Clair, Talladega, Walker and Washington.

This latest update came at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday morning. 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.