State health officials urge coronavirus precautions with five North Alabama counties ranked very high risk

We spoke to Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department and learned we could see a spike in coronavirus cases as students return from fall break.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 9:13 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2020 2:15 PM

The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking parents to keep a closer eye on their children's health over the next two weeks.

Right now, six counties in the state are ranked as very high risk for coronavirus spread, and five of those are in North Alabama.

We spoke to Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department and learned we could see a spike in coronavirus cases as students return from fall break.

Cyle Lewis has four children, and she's concerned about the next few weeks.

"We're all a lot more nervous this year, because any normal cold or flu or allergies symptoms are escalated with a lot of fear that it might be Covid," said Lewis. "I think definitely with everyone going on fall break and going different places, being exposed to different people, there probably is that risk."

Her family traveled to Georgia last week for fall break and made sure to wear masks while out in public.

"We wore them because we had them in the car and we are used to it," she said.

It's something Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health says is important to keep doing.

"People need to think about crowds, to think about opportunities for close contact and to think about close spaces," she said.

She says people need to take even more precautions as we enter the holiday season.

"If we look at Memorial [Day] and the Fourth of July, the state of Alabama significantly increased in numbers after both of those holidays," she said.

Landers says the percent positivity rate has been hovering around 7.5%, and that's still too high.

Lewis says she's doing everything she can to make sure that number decreases.

"We do try to have them shower nightly. I try to wash everything they wore just because of things they could have been exposed to," she said.

Landers says as we get closer to the holiday season, everyone needs to remember, it's possible to get both the flu and coronavirus at the same time, so people should try to avoid large gatherings.

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Cases: 256828

Reported Deaths: 3711
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Jefferson34214511
Mobile20299366
Madison13925150
Tuscaloosa13591156
Montgomery12659238
Shelby1095877
Baldwin9163137
Lee792566
Morgan710851
Etowah677467
Calhoun6695121
Marshall665757
Houston548239
DeKalb504738
Cullman472043
St. Clair451857
Limestone447546
Lauderdale436054
Elmore427564
Walker3818111
Talladega374457
Jackson350723
Colbert336443
Blount310043
Autauga287342
Franklin259734
Coffee254115
Dale242054
Dallas232932
Chilton230841
Russell22813
Covington227934
Escambia206131
Tallapoosa189191
Chambers185950
Pike162214
Clarke161819
Marion146136
Winston141924
Lawrence135336
Pickens127720
Geneva12638
Marengo125224
Bibb123938
Barbour120629
Butler118842
Randolph105922
Cherokee105524
Hale99732
Fayette96316
Clay93525
Washington93319
Henry8946
Monroe83811
Lowndes82129
Cleburne79914
Macon76522
Crenshaw72930
Conecuh72414
Lamar7138
Bullock70919
Perry6927
Wilcox64918
Sumter58922
Greene44218
Choctaw43519
Coosa3724
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Cases: 384285

Reported Deaths: 4688
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Shelby49412681
Davidson44374425
Knox19960157
Rutherford18788164
Hamilton17857157
Williamson1195183
Sumner10404138
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Wilson794383
Montgomery706985
Sullivan6913105
Washington6469114
Maury632070
Putnam609883
Blount598662
Bradley564337
Madison5555111
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Robertson400253
Tipton383939
Hamblen369762
Gibson337070
Greene333073
Dyer329352
Anderson319730
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Lawrence288536
Obion277551
McMinn277056
Cumberland271737
Roane253331
Warren250720
Jefferson242534
Loudon240920
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Monroe231245
Hardeman229238
Weakley224736
Franklin223138
Lauderdale211523
Hawkins208835
Wayne197210
Henderson194334
Trousdale192212
Macon188429
White187319
Rhea185933
Hardin184825
Marshall184222
Carroll183835
Lincoln175118
Cheatham169417
Cocke169230
Haywood168530
Campbell163723
Henry162619
Overton157135
Giles155749
Smith149620
Johnson146023
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Fentress126121
Hickman124019
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Crockett118228
Scott11717
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Claiborne9639
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Polk70515
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