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State surpasses 100,000 cases

Alabama surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as 875 new cases and 33 new deaths were reported.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health 10 a.m. update, Alabama has reported 100,801 cases since tracking began and 1,814 deaths.

ADPH shows 1,506 current COVID hospitalizations and 37,923 presumed recoveries.

Pike County added three new cases, bringing its total to 716 with seven confirmed deaths, with 87 of those cases confirmed in the last 14 days. The ADPH dashboard indicates 53 probable cases for the county.

After reporting its first on-campus student case on Tuesday Troy University had not updated its self-reported case total as of 3 p.m. .Wednesday.

While the university continues to provide free testing for students, the Pike County Health Department will offer a drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic at the county health department, 900 S. Franklin Drive, Troy, on Thursday, August 20, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m.

No appointment is necessary; however, retesting and back-to-school testing are not provided.

Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following; fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, and new loss of taste or smell.

Patients eligible for drive-up clinic specimen collection must meet these criteria:

•Persons with symptoms

•Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms

•Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications  or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case by case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.

The Alabama Department of Public Health advises the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds

•Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others

•Avoid people who are sick

•Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible

•Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others

•Cover coughs and sneezes

•Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

•Monitor your health

For more information, contact the Southeastern Public Health District at (334) 792-9070 or visit alabamapublichealth.gov.