HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Madison County leaders say what we're doing is working. The next step is figuring out what life will be like after the pandemic.
Officials say Madison County is on track to successfully flatten the curve and say the hospitals are in good shape to handle the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said, "Since the first case was announced on March 17th, we have had the lowest increase in new cases in over three days."
In order to stay on this positive path, people must continue to be careful and practice what they're calling "universal source control."
Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson, said, "Wear a mask and keep your viruses to yourself. The CDC is recommending now pretty strongly cloth face coverings to minimize the viruses chance of exposing others if it happens to reside in you."
Officals are predicting the peak in Alabama to be on April 23rd. As April 30th gets closer, city leaders are figuring out what will be the new normal.
"Use these days between now and April 30th to think what the new normal means for you," said Dr. Hudson. "It's going to be continued universal source control."
"Like most businesses, Madison County is already working on a plan to safely re-open the courthouse with the first priority being public safety and ongoing mitigation measures to protect our employees and the community," said Chairman Strong.
Madison County is also helping local "hot spots" in the fight against COVID-19. Ventilators have been transferred from Madison County to Marshall County.
To keep up with the demand for personal protection equipment, the city is getting supplies flown directly into Huntsville International Airport.
Watch the full April 15, 2020 media briefing here.
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