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COVID-19 cases up to 86 in Marengo County

The number of people in Marengo County who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 has reached 86 and another person has died as a result, lifting that total to four, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health data posted Tuesday afternoon.

The total cases is an increase of 20 from the 66 reported one week ago.

The number of people tested within Marengo County has reached 722, an increase of 159 from last week’s ALDPH update.

Testing continues at Whitfield Regional Hospital as well as a site introduced last week, supported by Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and state and local officials. That testing is being held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Demopolis National Guard Armory. An appointment for testing can be at www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, but on-site scheduling also will be available.

The testing is also available in Thomasville, 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 106 cases and four deaths; Wilcox County has 58 cases and four deaths; Greene County has 73 cases, four deaths; Hale County has 72 and two deaths; Clarke County, 63 cases with one death; Dallas County is reporting 123 cases with three deaths; Choctaw County has 68 cases and one death; and Perry County is reporting 19 cases with no deaths.

On Friday, Governor Kay Ivey announced revisions to the “Safer At Home” order that eases some of the restrictions on businesses.

Among the updates in the revised order is removing a limitation on public gatherings, which had been set to 10 people. However, social distancing of 6 feet between people from different households remains.

Restaurants, bars and breweries may open with limited seating and 6 feet between tables as well as other meeting other sanitation guidelines. Athletic facilities such as fitness centers and gyms may re-open, also subject to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

Those who provide close-contact services, such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and tatoo services may also open subject to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

Alabama’s beaches will open with no limit on gatherings so long as individuals maintain 6 feet of separation.

Governor Ivey’s order still encourages people to stay at home and follow safe sanitation practices.

Retail stores will remain open subject to 50 percent occupancy as well as maintaining social distancing and sanitation rules.

Remaining closed will be entertainment venues such as theaters, bowling alleys and night clubs.

While some restrictions are being lifted, health officials say the public should remain cautious.

“According to the data, COVID-19 is still very much present and spreading across Alabama, as our state continues to experience an increase in cases. Make no mistake, you and the people you love are still safer and home,” said Whitfield Regional Hospital CEO Doug Brewer.

When going out, health officials encourage people to wear a mask, wash hands for at least 20 seconds at often intervals, disinfect anything touched, stay at least 6 feet from others, and avoid large groups.