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Local drive-in testing offered

A drive-in COVID-19 testing clinic was offered at the Escambia County Health Department on Monday.
Welcoming patients from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., individuals presenting symptoms or previously exposed to the virus were tested.
Currently in Escambia County, the Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed 841 cases in Escambia County on Tuesday at 10 a.m. According to the Escambia County Healthcare Authority, 405 cases have been confirmed at the Atmore Community Hospital and 138 confirmed at the D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton.
At the time of press, there were 101 total pending results
for the county and 20 inconclusive results.
For the city of Brewton, before the weekend, the Brewton Fire Department reported a rise in cases.
The Facebook post read: “Covid 19 cases still on the rise within the City of Brewton. The last 14 days have resulted in 31 positive cases and 2 of which were city employees. Let’s continue to do our part with social distancing, good hygiene, face coverings and get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms… BFD.”
On Monday, the department reported a drop in cases within the city and county.
In an effort to provide protection for all citizens throughout the city, the Brewton Fire Department distributed over 6,000 masks over the weekend.
For the state of Alabama, 79,129 cases have been confirmed as reported by the ADPH.
Following the mask mandate issued by Gov. Kay Ivey, Dr. Birx, White House Coronavirus coordinator, met with Ivey to discuss the rise in cases across the state.
During the meeting, Dr. Birx emphasized very strongly that this is a critical time for the South to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that the governor’s decision to issue a statewide mask order was “brilliant” and critical to keeping businesses open and running safely. As reported by Ivey’s office, a variety of topics were discussed and questions were asked on anything from testing, to Remdesivir and reopening schools and churches safely. Dr. Birx explained that early on the virus seemed to be concentrated in large cities in the Northeast, however, this has not proven to be accurate in the South. She expressed how the South, specifically Alabama, has high rates statewide. Dr. Birx told the governor that she was personally worried about the South, which is why she visited the state in person.
Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following; fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, and new loss of taste or smell.
These are the requirements for testing:
·Persons with symptoms
·Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
·Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case-by-case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.
The Alabama Department of Public Health advises the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
·Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
·Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
·Avoid people who are sick
·Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
·Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
·Cover coughs and sneezes
·Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
·Monitor your health
If experiencing any of the symptoms, the ADPH advises all Escambia County residents to contact the local health department to preregister or make an appointment at (251) 867-5765. A provider referral is preferred. Email the referral to health department prior to an appointment at swdistrictcovid19@adph.state.al.us.
Another drive-in testing will take place at the Brewton location next Monday, August 3, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The building is located at 1115 Azalea Ave. A clinic will also take place at the Escambia County Health Department in Atmore on Monday, Aug. 3 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The building is located at 8600 Highway 31 N., Suite 17 in Atmore.