AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn and Opelika residents are being asked to "shelter in place" by mayors Ron Anders and Gary Fuller.

The mayors talked over the phone with East Alabama Medical Center president and CEO Laura Grill Sunday afternoon, according to a Facebook post by the hospital.

Lee County currenlty has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and neighboring Chambers County has 2 cases.

Sheltering in place includes staying home with immediate family members only, not leaving your home except for essential activities such as food, medical care or work. You should not host gatherings of people outside of your immediate family. And, you should maintain a 6-foot distance from other people as much as possible, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces.