By Joshua Huff, sports editor
The Jackson County Commission announced on Wednesday that Alabama has recorded its first coronavirus-related death.
Tim Guffey, chairman of the Jackson County Commission, said in a letter that one of the county’s part-time employees has died after contracting coronavirus.
Guffey said that the employee worked in a department at the Jackson County Courthouse and had no contact with the public.
“The Jackson County Commission and the employees of the county offer the family of one of our part-time employees its heartfelt sympathy in the passing of their loved one,” Guffey wrote. “The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed that the employee passed away after having contracted COVID-19. The employee worked in a department at the Jackson County Courthouse that did not require regular contact with the public. All county employees who worked in the same department have been notified and none of them have reported any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.”
There are now 283 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alabama as of Wednesday morning. Ninety-nine of those confirmed cases are in Jefferson County and five are in St. Clair County.
Public health officials in Jefferson County have ordered restaurants to switch to take-out service only and ordered child care centers closed and nursing home visits restricted. Bars are now permitted to sell bottled alcohol to go and may provide curbside service, but patrons are not permitted in the establishment. Barbershops, hair salons and all non-essential retail stores have been ordered to close.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Alabama
Updated: March 25, 2020 10:30 a.m. (CT)
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