COVID-19 numbers lower but still take care, local health official says

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Local COVID-19 numbers are lower, but people should still take care, according to Health Services Administrator Corey Kirkland with the Houston County Health Department.

“We have had flatter numbers over the last few days,” Kirkland said. “We are still adding over 200 cases a day it seems, but they are not the spikes that we were expecting.”

With the reopening of businesses, customers of popular shopping centers and salons are ecstatic about businesses opening back up.

“I’m happy that businesses are opening and I think that more should open, and leave it up to the public whether they come to these businesses or not but the owners should have the choice,” shopper Carol Jordan said.

Kirkland said that while businesses are opening back up, people should not be leaving their homes unless necessary.

“The order says safer at home,” he said. “If we can continue to limit our travel keep it to those essential things. I think it’s important for people to get back to work, and I understand the need for it so we certainly want to do our best to address that and just help them do it safely and keep everyone well as we start to reopen the state.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Southeastern District that covers 11 counties, including Houston County.

The health department has tested 502 people, 41 of whom were COVID-19 positive. There still are 111 tests pending as of Wednesday morning.

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