CDC team arrives in Alabama to help state with COVID response

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Senior personnel attend twice daily COVID briefings in this conference room at the Alabama Department of Public Health.

A 5-member team from the Centers for Disease Control has arrived in Alabama to assist the state with response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC support team arrived in the state last week and will remain through at least July 3. The team, which includes an epidemiologist, a medical epidemiologist, an epidemiologist/data analyst, a risk communicator and an informatics/visualization specialist, came to the state at the request of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“The expertise of these public health professionals will further our staff’s abilities to assess our processes and will help guide us in our efforts to protect the public during this pandemic,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said in statement. We are grateful for the partnerships we have with CDC and other authorities at the local, state and federal levels.”

The CDC team will work with ADPH on streamlining COVID-19 reporting, developing county-level indicators, recommend any needed interventions and develop and review outreaching and communication messages, ADPH said.

The visit comes as the state is experiencing some of its highest coronavirus case counts to date. Monday’s numbers shows 1,718 new cases in the state but that number accounts for June 27 and 28 due to a delay in data.

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