After Coffee County went from no confirmed cases to three confirmed cases in the matter of a few hours on April 2, that number has now ballooned to eight.
Over the weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) confirmed seven cases and Coffee County EMA Director James Brown said that those cases have been confirmed as Coffee County residents.
An eighth positive test was confirmed on April 6. According to the ADPH, 85 total tests have been done on Coffee County residents.
Brown emphasized that Coffee County EMA would not be releasing any further information on the individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19. Brown said that Coffee County EMA does inform the mayors of each city or town that they have a positive case in their city or town when a positive case comes up, but no other information is shared about each case and it is up to the mayor whether that information is released to the public.
Enterprise Mayor William Cooper released a statement on April 3 confirming that two of the first three cases in the county were Enterprise residents. The mayor’s office could not confirm with The Sun if any of the subsequent five new cases were Enterprise residents but was working to do so.
Both the Elba and Kinston mayor’s offices confirmed with The Sun that neither has any confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 9 a.m. on April 6. At 4 p.m., however, Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock released a statement confirming that an Elba resident had tested positive for COVID-19.
New Brockton Mayor Kathy Holley confirmed with The Sun that as of April 6 the town had no confirmed cases.
Alabama now has more than 1,900 confirmed cases across the state with 32 deaths and 240 cases leading to hospitalization, according to the APDH. Thankfully, none of Coffee County’s COVID-19 cases have led to death thus far.
A detailed map of confirmed COVID-19 cases can be found at https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/6d2771faa9da4a2786a509d82c8cf0f7.