Alabama’s first coronavirus death confirmed in Jackson County

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Jackson County officials confirmed Alabama’s first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Wednesday afternoon.

The Jackson County Commission (JCC) confirmed the death in the statement below. The person who died was identified only as a female part-time employee with the JCC.

In the statement, JCC Chairman Tim Guffey says anyone who may have come into contact with the employee has been notified, and as of now, none have tested positive.

The Alabama Department of Public Health released a statement following the patient’s death. ADPH says the patient was a resident of Jackson County but passed away in an out-of-state facility.

ADPH also says that the patient had underlying health concerns on top of COVID-19.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as to the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “The health of our residents and the community is our greatest priority, and we will continue working together to care for the patients, protect the safety of health care workers, and protect the people in our state.”

Gov. Kay Ivey has also released a statement on the patient’s passing:

“It is with profound sadness that I confirm that one of our citizens has passed away from the COVID-19 virus. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones during these extraordinary circumstances. I continue to urge everyone that this virus is real, it is deadly, and we should continue to maintain social-distancing as much as possible. Together, we will overcome these challenges and difficult days. I appreciate the diligence of the Alabama Department of Public Health for throughly investigating this case, which unfortunately was indeed a Coronavirus-related death.”

Gov. Kay Ivey

ADPH announced Wednesday there have been 386 confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama. In Jefferson County alone, there are 129 confirmed cases.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 for the latest developments.


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