Local update regarding COVID-19 - Monday, March 16, 2020 - UPDATED 6:41 p.m.

WINSTON/MARION - In an effort to keep the public informed about local news regarding Coronavirus-19, or COVID-19, the Alabamian will be posting daily an article containing all information that pertains locally to the pandemic.  The post will be updated as needed throughout the day. 

Any business, organization, church or other group that needs to get a message out to residents regarding plans or changes in schedule regarding COVID-19 can call the Alabamian at (205) 486-9461 or send an email to nwanews@centurytel.net, and we will post the update on our website and in the newspaper, if applicable.

UPDATE:  MARCH 16, 6:41 P.M.

An additional confirmed COVID-19 case was identified this afternoon by the Alabama Department of Public Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Alabama to 29.  There have been no deaths from the virus in Alabama.  There are no confirmed cases anywhere in Northwest Alabama.  The majority of confirmed cases are still centered in Jefferson County.

The following are additional updates, cancellations and postponements:

• Haleyville Public Library - CLOSED indefinitely

• Neighborhood Facilities Building - Haleyville - CLOSED to the public

• Haleyville Senior Center - CLOSED.  City is making plans to provide meals to the elderly.

• Haleyville Municipal Court date set for Thursday, March 19, continued until April 23.  Payments on fines need to be mailed to 911 21st Street, Haleyville, AL. 35565 or called in to (205) 486-3121 instead of made in person until further notice.

• ARC Pageant in Haleyville postponed until May.  An exact date will be given as soon as it is set.

• All ASM property offices are currently closed to the public.  This includes Cardinal Apartments in Addison, Greenleaf Apartments in Haleyville, Shadybrook Apartments in Haleyville and Skyline Apartments in Hackleburg.  The following procedures are in place until further notice:  Rent will be accepted through the offices' drop boxes or via U.S. mail.  All work orders must be called into the office at 205-486-9924.  All quarterly inspections are suspended - effective immediately.  Maintenance workers will only go into vacant units or those with an emergency.  Emergencies will be categorized as a flood, water leak, fire and loss of heating or air conditioning.  Manager Darrell Robins asks everyone to keep their homes clean, wash their hands and practice social distancing, per the CDC's recommendations.

More updates will be given, if needed, during the evening, and a fresh update will be provided in the morning.

UPDATE:  MARCH 16, 3:11 P.M.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama now stands at 28.  There have been no deaths, and there are still no confirmed cases in Northwest Alabama.  The majority of confirmed cases are in Jefferson County.

• Haleyville Fire and Rescue is now closed to the general public.  Firefighters will still be responding to calls.  Anyone who has business with the fire department should call (205) 486-2435.

• Hackleburg Market will open at 6 a.m. for customers in the area 60 and over only, then have normal business hours for everyone beginning at 7 a.m. in an effort to protect those most vulnerable.

• Winston County Schools will now be closed beginning tomorrow, March 17, instead of going through Wednesday, March 18, according to Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley.


• The following is the latest on COVID-19 as of 8:30 a.m.:

• The total number of cases in Alabama is now 22, up nine cases from yesterday morning.  There have been no deaths in Alabama from the virus, and there are no cases in Winston, Marion or surrounding counties. 

• Lakeland Community Hospital has updated its policy, regarding COVID-19.  Effective this morning, no visitors will be allowed in the senior care unit.  In other areas of the hospital, visitors are limited to one person per patients.  No visitors under the age of 16 will be allowed at all.

• The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily restrict public access to the state’s county veteran service offices March 16 - April 6 as a precautionary measure to the COVID-19 crisis. The ADVA will continue operating the county veteran service offices with essential staff to provide ongoing services to veterans, their family members and caregivers. The county offices will offer services via telephone, fax and other means of communication, such as email and texting. On Friday, the ADVA announced a change to its visitation policy at the state’s four veterans homes, which temporarily restricts routine visitations to medically-necessary visits by outside healthcare personnel and/or visits by family members to terminally ill residents in their final days. Routine visits by non-employees, to include work conducted by volunteers, have been temporarily suspended at the homes. 

More information about ADVA’s response to the COVID-19 crisis is posted to the department’s website at www.va.alabama.gov.

Update Monday March 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m.:

Cancellations and closings:

• Winston County Board of Education, scheduled to meet March 17;

• Winston County Genealogical Society, scheduled to meet March 17;

• Celtic concert at the Arley Public Library March 19.

• Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems throughout the state will close March 16 and not reopen until April 10.

This post will be updated frequently, as new information is gathered.
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