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.
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.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Following a joint press conference featuring Governor Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John H. Merrill, and Attorney General Steve Marshall, the March 31 Runoff Election will be postponed until July 14, 2020.
The Board of Education met Tuesday afternoon and approved the financial statements and expenditures for February in the amount of $1,417,114.27. The Board also approved amendments to the HHS fees, supplements and charges. Also approved was the purchase of two new full sized school buses for a total of $170,534.00. The purchase of a new lunchroom serving line for the HES for $69,908.00.
Four fundraisers were approved along with the retirement of Elizabeth Noble from the Haleyville Center of Technology.
The Board heard from Ray Forester about the upcoming 10th Annual Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race scheduled for May 16.Alabama Representative Tracy Estes was present to give an update on the Legislature work in Montgomery. Of greatest concern was the bill which proposes to change the control of all the state school calendars from local control to Montgomery. Estes stated he was very much opposed to the change, based on his experience having served on the Winfield School Board. That sentiment was echoed by Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland and other members of the Board.
Dr. Sutherland stated in her report information about the school closing with plans for school to start back on April 6, but things can change. Discussions were being made about contingency plans if the school is closed longer than initially planned.
The Haleyville City Schools information can be found on its Facebook page and other social media. HBTV.us will pass along any plans or changes also.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday, March 16 at the Haleyville City Hall in an unusual setting. Everyone, including the Council members, were seated with several feet between each seat. Mayor Sunseri explained the City was simply following the basic guidelines set down by the Governor by spacing people and a sanitizing hand wash, both entering and leaving the room.
With Richard Bittinger absent Mayor Sunseri and the Council heard from Ray Forester who expressed his thanks for all the help each year and a reminder the 10th Annual Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race is scheduled for May 16. Mr. Forester stated this event has provided 25 scholarships to date.
The Council approved the general operating bills for February in the amount of $357,337.38 and a tax abatement for Gumbo and Jazz.
An award was made to Stix Contracting for pothole repair at various locations in the city. Stix had the low bid of $35,000. $9,400 was approved for a sand change in the City Pool filtration system.
The next scheduled Haleyville City Council meeting will be on Monday, April 6 at the Haleyville City Hall.
Effective Until Further Notice
- NO VISITORS ALLOWED ON SENIOR CARE UNIT
- VISITORS LIMITED TO 1 PERSON PER PATIENT IN ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE HOSPITAL
- NO VISITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 ALLOWED
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we implement continued measures to reduce the spread of respiratory illness, especially the Coronavirus, to our most vulnerable patients.
For the most up to date information, please visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
School closure for K-12 public schools in Alabama was to begin on Thursday, March 19, per the executive order of the Governor. However, the HCS Board has chosen, out of an abundance of caution and concern for students and personnel, to close its schools effective Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, April 6. Absences will not count against students Monday.All school-related activities, including athletics, will be canceled during school closure.
Friday, March 13, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – This morning, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Officer Dr. Scott Harris confirmed the first Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the State of Alabama.
Secretary of State John H. Merrill is confident in the ability of the ADPH to monitor the potential spread of the virus and to treat the case(s) accordingly.
The Office of the Secretary of State has been in close communication with the local election officials in all 67 of Alabama’s counties to discuss Election Day preparation and encourage preventative measures to maintain the health and safety of voters.
As of today, the administration of the election will continue as planned.
Voters who are concerned about contracting or spreading illness or have an infirmity may vote by absentee. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, March 26, and the last day to postmark or return an absentee ballot by hand is Monday, March 30.
Voters must submit an accompanying copy of their valid photo identification. For the full list of valid forms of photo identification, please visit our website.
Upon successful application, voters will receive an absentee ballot in the mail.
Contact our office immediately should you have any questions or concerns at (334) 242-7223.