AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported the first coronavirus related death.
The news of the death comes as the number of cases in Alabama reached a total of 386 as of March 25.
Jackson County officials confirmed the victim to have been a part-time employee of the Jackson County Courthouse. In a statement released by the JCC, they went on to say that anyone who came into contact with the employee has been notified of the diagnosis.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has also released a statement following the death.
"It is with profound sadness that I confirm that one of our citizens has passed away from the COVID-19 virus. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones during these extraordinary circumstances. I continue to urge everyone that this virus is real, it is deadly, and we should continue to maintain social-distancing as much as possible. Together, we will overcome these challenges and difficult days.I appreciate the diligence of the Alabama Department of Public Health for thoroughly investigating this case, which unfortunately was indeed a Coronavirus-related death."
Governor Ivey has continued to encourage Alabama residents to stay home in order to limit the spread of the virus.
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