AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The novel coronavirus has swept through all 50 states in the country, hitting places like New York, New Jersey and California especially hard.
In Alabama on Monday morning, 831 cases have been confirmed. The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed six deaths in the state due to COVID-19.
President Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state on Sunday. The declaration will help secure federal assistance for recovery efforts.
In Lee County, 57 cases have been confirmed. The East Alabama Medical Center says six patients have died at the hospital, four from Chambers County and two from Lee County. The ADPH has not yet confirmed all of those deaths, so they are not reflected in the official numbers. There are currently 22 hospitalized patients at EAMC with a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis.
The hospital has been seeing visitors over the past week, at least on their parking deck. Community membres are parking on the 4th floor of the EAMC parking deck and praying for the nurses, doctors and staff during shift changes from 7-7:30 a.m. and 7-7:30 p.m.
Governor Ivey has declared that non-essential businesses must shut down until April 17. She also encouraged Alabamians to stay home in a video message on Monday morning.