There was a bit of irony Friday when Gov. Kay Ivey announced her new order allowing restaurants, hair salons and other businesses to re-open, albeit with strict social distancing guidelines.
About the same time she was making her announcement, the Alabama Department of Public Health was giving its daily update on the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the state. Marshall County climbed above 500 for the first time.
As of Friday, the only counties with more positive cases were Jefferson with 1,073; Mobile with 1,376; and Montgomery with 528. All those counties have much higher populations than Marshall.
Next-door Madison County with 3 times the population of Marshall County has only 242 confirmed cases and 4 deaths, just about exactly half what has been reported in Marshall County.
I pull these numbers on you to say just because you can get out and go more places doesn’t mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over, especially here. It’s very important to continue to practice social distancing, wash and sanitize your hands and take other precautions, perhaps more so in Marshall County than just about anywhere else in Alabama.
Marshall County continues to be a hotspot. Patronize local businesses and help those businesses begin the process of recovering. But don’t let your guard down. Take the precautions seriously.
The numbers – which grew even more over the weekend – tell us that we’ve still got a problem in Marshall County.