AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) -On Tuesday, March 17, The Alabama Department of Public health released updated guidelines as they attempt to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus. 

ADPH is recommending against gathering in groups of 25 people or more. Public health officials continue to stress the importance of social-distancing in order to flatten the curve of those infected. 

According to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, “These measures taken by the Alabama Department of Public Health are out of an abundance of caution in order to contain the area where the most cases of the COVID-19 are present.

Alabamians living in Jefferson County and its surrounding counties are currently the most vulnerable to contracting the Coronavirus. I ask that Alabamians who live in these counties adhere to these regulations and would urge the rest of our state to do so as well, in order to mitigate the impact of the virus.

I am encouraged to see so many of our citizens voluntarily self-regulate by practicing social-distancing – choosing to be safe rather than sorry is always the smart move. We should not take precautionary measures for granted, but I encourage everyone to remember the old adage ‘this too shall pass.’ Adhering to smart protocol and practicing a little patience will pull us through this.”  

These statements come days after Auburn University announced its decision to move to online instruction until April 10th.