QUAD CITIES POST – A two-vehicle crash at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, claimed the life of a Russellville senior adult. Milton W. Alexander, 82-year-old male, was killed when the 2013 Dodge Ram pickup he was driving was struck by a 2012 Ford Taurus, driven by 25-year-old Christian Garcia of Phil Campbell. The crash occurred at the intersection of AL 243 and County Road 79 in Franklin County. Alexander was unrestrained and died at the scene of the crash. The Franklin County Coroner, Charlie Adcox, pronounced Alexander deceased. Garcia was transported to the Russellville Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
ALEA_QUAD CITIES POST – A one-vehicle crash at 7:49 p.m. March 29, 2020, has claimed the life of a 2019 graduate of Phillips High School. Andrew Wayne York, a 19-year-old male, was killed when he lost control of the 2005 Ford Mustang he was driving northbound on AL 237, a few miles south of Phil Campbell. York was not wearing a seatbelt and died on the scene while being attended by medical personnel. York was pronounced deceased by Franklin County Coroner, Charlie Adcox. York’s juvenile passenger was not injured in the crash. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
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MONTGOMERY – Because schools, businesses, and churches have closed indefinitely in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), more people are spending their free time on Alabama waterways.
Activity on Alabama’s lakes, rivers and other bodies of water typically increases during spring break season, but ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division Troopers have seen numbers spike during the past few days with COVID-19 closures. These Troopers are patrolling waterways daily, and they want everyone to have an enjoyable but safe time by adhering to Governor Kay Ivey’s order as it relates to combating the spread of the virus.
Alabama beaches were closed Thursday, March 19, but effective at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, all non-work related gatherings with 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent 6-foot distance between individuals, are prohibited.
Troopers with ALEA’s Marine Patrol remind boaters of social distancing, as well as water safety:
- The designated driver practice works just as well on the water as it does on the road. If boaters insist on having alcohol on board, make sure there is a designated driver.
- Be courteous and cautious.
- Follow boating rules. Know what to do in a head-to-head meeting and know the right-of-way rules and regulations.
- Make sure life jackets are accessible, in good condition, sized for the intended individual and U.S. Coast Guard-approved. There must be one personal flotation device (PFD) on board for each person on the boat that is sized and intended for that individual. Children younger than the age of 8 must wear PFDs.
- When boating at night, make sure the required navigation lights are on and in good working order. Operate at slower speeds and don’t venture into unfamiliar territory.
- Give other boaters plenty of room. Don’t operate too closely to private docks or the shoreline, and give skiers and swimmers a wide berth.
- Never overload a vessel. Follow the capacity plate guidelines.
- Make it a habit to check the vessel’s safety equipment before using the vessel — every time.
Sgt. Chad Pate, ALEA-Marine Patrol Division, Northern District Assistant Commander
As we are beginning to see positive COVID-19 people in our community, it is IMPERATIVE that we continue with social distancing. I realize this is an inconvenience, but it is the ONLY proven way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health are continuing to provide updates daily. We are continually revising our protocols as we receive those updates. I know we are a small community hospital, but I can tell you, we are prepared and equipped to care for our patients, you and your neighbors. The 6 ventilators, our Director of Respiratory secured is more than some larger hospitals and I’m sure you are watching the news and seeing what a valuable piece of equipment is in the treatment of COVID-19. I’d like to publicly thank Jennifer Spurgeon for the extra work and persistence to secure those ventilators. Our staff have all participated in additional infection control training and have been willing to learn and provide for the needs of our community. Our Facebook page is being updated daily, so if you have questions, please message us. In closing, if you see a health care worker out, please say a simple thank you. It means more than you know. We love our community. Stay in, stay calm, and Wash Your Hands.
Winston County now has 2 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Walker County has 24, Marion 7, Franklin 3. Three deaths statewide.
The staff at Lakeland Community Hospital is incredibly grateful for the support and donations received from our community partners, especially during this time of critically low supplies. We are also thankful for the kindness shown as we follow Governor Kay Ivey’s proclamation to have no visitors at the hospital. The sacrifices you are making will protect the most vulnerable of our community. I’d like to update you on our preparation for caring for those affected by COVID-19. We are staying abreast of the current CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health’s guidelines. I’d like to pass along some information about our hospital as well as some new information we just received from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
- • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winston County
- • We are well prepared to care for patients with COVID-19 o 7 tested for COVID-19; 5 are negative, 2 are pending
- o 6 negative pressure rooms
- o 6 ventilators
- o 4 ICU beds
- o Fully staffed Emergency Department
- o Fully staffed Med-Surg Unit
As I mentioned, we have just received changes from ADPH criteria for testing:
- o The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, and
- o The patient is hospitalized, or
- o The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities, or
- o The patient age 65 years or older, or
- o The patient is a healthcare worker, or
- o The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility
Again, thank you for your continued support of our hospital. Stay in, stay well, and wash your hands!
Ashley Pool, CEO
Lakeland Community Hospital will be offering a Walk-In Fever & Flu Clinic beginning Monday, March 23. The clinic will be located at the Lakeland Family Practice, 42030 Highway 195 Suite C in the Professional Office Building adjacent to Lakeland Community Hospital. The hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30. (205)485-7227.