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Huntsville, Madison to host news conference about coronavirus response

Both cities will host a news conference together in order to discuss plans in place for the entire county.

Posted: Mar 15, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2020 7:38 AM

On Monday, the city of Huntsville and city of Madison will hold a news conference discussing the plans in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

During the news conference, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison Mayor Paul Finley will discuss their requests for states of emergency to be declared in their cities.

In Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle is requesting that the city council declare a State of Emergency to allow the city to act quickly and take appropriate action, as needed, to protect the community against the spread of coronavirus.

A city spokesperson said Alabama's State of Emergency does not apply to city governements so this will allow the city to respond quickly with the personnel and resources needed.

The Huntsville City Council will hold a special called meeting at 2 p.m. Monday in the 1st Floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 308 Fountain Circle, to discuss the matter.

In Madison, Mayor Paul Finley is making the same request of his council

The Madison City Council will hold a special called meeting to vote on the request at 2 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 130 at City Hall, 100 Hughes Road.

The news conference will be aired both on-air and online.

Full Press Release:

Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Birdwell, and local health care and public safety partners will hold a news conference on Monday, March 16, at noon to update the public on the COVID-19 response.

The Mayors and Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong have been regular communication with EMA, hospitals, HEMSI, ADPH, Redstone Arsenal and state partners on timely and coordinated action items to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We recognize this is serious, and we are practicing all precautions while ensuring essential government services and protections remain in tact,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.

“The City of Huntsville is still collecting garbage and our police and fire units remain on duty. With our partners, we continue to monitor and address the needs of the community.

“Tomorrow, Mayor Finley and I will ask our City Councils to enact what is commonly called a State of Emergency. This will give us tools to quickly respond with personnel and resources to any issues that may arise out of COVID-19.”

Mayor Battle reminds the community to “sanitize and separate” and follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Keep up to date on the city's webpage.

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