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COVID-19 cases up to 66 in Marengo County; additional testing available

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Marengo County has reached 66, as of a Tuesday update posted by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The 66 cases is an increase of 22 from Tuesday, April 28, when there were 44 confirmed cases in the county. The number of deaths from the virus remains at three.

The number of positive cases likely is a reflection of the total number of those tested, which increased from 405 last week to 563 on Tuesday.

There are additional testing options being provided. The Marengo County Health Department offered testing on April 30 and will again on May 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those testing at the MCHD must pre-register for an appointment and a physician referral is preferred.

Also, a mobile COVID-19 testing initiative launched to set-up a drive-thru site in Demopolis as well as Selma and Thomasville. A mobile unit will travel between those three communities on a rotating basis and will test those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, all health care providers and first responders can be tested whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms. An appointment for testing can be made at www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, but on-site scheduling also will be available.

In Demopolis, the site will be located at the National Guard Armory building at 1701 Hwy. 43, and open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The testing is supported by Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and state and local officials.

In Thomasville, testing will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Thomas Regional Medical Center.

Tuesday’s updated COVID-19 data for surrounding counties includes: Sumter County has reported 81 cases and three deaths; Wilcox County has 72 cases and four deaths; Greene County has 61 cases, two deaths; Hale County has 58 and two deaths; Clarke County, 43 cases with one death; Dallas County is reporting 66 cases with three deaths; Choctaw County has 52 cases and no deaths; and Perry County is reporting 16 cases with no deaths.