Dale Medical has first confirmed COVID-19 case

The first positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed at Dale Medical Center in Ozark.

The case was confirmed on the DMC website and a video report to citizens from Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting April 1. One case in Dale County is also confirmed on the Alabama Department of Public Health website.

“We now have our first confirmed case at DMC,” said DMC Chief Executive Officer Vernon Johnson in a statement on the DMC website. “The patient is in good condition and the appropriate isolation practices have been initiated to reduce the risk of exposure to other patients and staff.

“Healthcare professionals train and continually prepare to handle individuals with communicable diseases and disasters,” Johnson added. “The physicians and staff of Dale Medical Center are prepared to meet the needs of this patient and others while maintaining a safe environment for our care team.”

“We've got the best doctors and nurses in that hospital,” Bunting said. “Their protocol is absolutely perfect. They’ve got all the equipment they need and they are taking every precaution.”

Bunting reiterated the necessity of following the precautionary measures dictated by the Alabama Department of Public Health of social distancing and thorough hand washing.

“I want everybody to be safe,” Bunting said. “God bless each and every one of you. Be strong and be safe.”

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