COVID-19 testing at the Coffee County Health Department in Enterprise

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Enterprise, Ala. (WDHN)—As we reported Monday night, Coffee County has seen more than 750 positive COVID cases in the last 14 days.

The Alabama Department of Health’s weekly testing site in Enterprise and found the pandemic is taking its toll on the department’s health personnel.

Johna Cotton is the District Clinical Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health’s
“Southeastern District”. A 10-county area that encompasses the wiregrass and a small portion
of the “River Region”.

Weekly testing for mainly elderly residents’ takes place on Tuesdays at the Coffee County Health Department in Enterprise.
Cotton says “most of the people that are pulling through are sick. Exposed to COVID, in close contact. These people
are sick. The positive cases that we’ve seen on our drive through. The number of positives has really gone up
since thanksgiving.”

In addition to long hours, many nurses and other health care workers have been quarantined
due to “contract tracing”. Cotton often is “buried” in her office keeping track of the COVID cases
in the Southeastern District. But on this day, she fills in on the front-lines due to a “diminished” number of employees
who are in quarantine.

Cotton says “and like everybody else, we have staff affected by COVID, or contact tracing which requires quarantining so we feel the brunt of public health
even with our employees.”

The increasing number of “confirmed” cases is “creating” shortage space issues for area hospitals.

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