Eduardo Medina | Editor-in-chief
The number of people hospitalized at East Alabama Medical Center with confirmed cases of COVID-19 has more than tripled in one week — going from 9 patients on March 25 to 30 patients on April 1 — and the hospital is urging residents in Southeast Alabama to practice “shelter-in-place” mandates, even as the state hesitates to issue such a directive.
First Auburn student with COVID-19: "This is a real virus, and it actually can hurt and kill people. We all need to be smart about this."
The Auburn-Opelika area could experience severe weather on Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Five people who tested positive for COVID-19 and were hospitalized at East Alabama Medical Center have died, according to the hospital. Three of the patients were from Chambers County and two were from Lee County.
Auburn University announced that it will combine its spring and summer commencement ceremonies to give spring graduates an opportunity to participate and walk the stage in early August.
Auburn University announced it has suspended all in-person classes for this year's summer semester.
East Alabama Medical Center, which has 15 people hospitalized from the coronavirus, announced it has noticed "one nugget of information" that stands out among many of their COVID-19 patients: Most of them recently went to church.
Bennie Adkins, who earned the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his service in Vietnam, has COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized, according to a post on The Bennie Adkins Foundation Facebook page.
"An unprecedented crisis made landfall last week in our community," said Ricardo Maldonado, infectious diseases specialist and lead expert on EAMC’s COVID-19 response team. "The situation will likely worsen in the next few days."
Here are tips gathered from the CDC, EAMC, the Alabama Department of Public Health and other resources about what senior citizens should know during the COVID-19 pandemic.