The Alabama Department of Public Health cautions the public the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains. More than 800 cases were reported on both Thursday and Friday, or more than 1,700 in those 48 hours. With ongoing community transmission, it is safer to be at home. More than 750 Alabama residents have died from COVID-19, more than 2,000 have been hospitalized with the virus and more than 23,000 have had confirmed positive cases since March 13 as of Friday.

“COVID-19 spreads quickly and your actions affect others,” state health officer Dr. Scott Harris said, in a press release. “More than ever since the pandemic began, we need people to social distance, wear face coverings in public and practice good respiratory hygiene.”

Measures needed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 are as follows:

• Cover coughs and sneezes, do not touch your face, and wash hands often

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home

• Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in your household

• Use cloth face coverings when in public

• Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often

• Any person can contract COVID-19 but certain people are more at risk including:

• People who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, such as healthcare workers or household members

• People over 65 years of age and those with serious health conditions — such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, HIV, any condition that affects the immune system, persons with body mass index over 40, persons with liver disease and persons who live in long-term care facilities

Alabama has experienced outbreaks at the workplace, long-term care facilities and as a result of large gatherings, such as those occurring during the Memorial Day holiday. Although an estimated 13,500 Alabamians are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19, too many people have experienced short- and long-term complications.

ADPH reminds the public everyone’s own behavior is crucial to staying healthy and to protecting their families and the community. For more information, go to