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Mayor Johnson gives comments on COVID-19 in Covington County

With COVID-19 cases spiking across the state and in Covington County, Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson made a plea for residents to be mindful and follow protocols to help deter the spread of the coronavirus.

Over the past 14 days, Alabama has seen 49,492 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In Covington County, the number of cases over the past two weeks is 334. In all, the county has seen 2,612 positive cases with 38 confirmed deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Mayor Johnson concluded Tuesday night’s scheduled city council meeting by speaking about the virus and the importance of wearing masks and socially distancing, even during the holiday season.

“COVID cases are going up every day,” he said. “We ask that everyone do their part and to do the right thing to protect yourself, your family and others. We all need to be careful and aware.

Johnson said his family will not be gathering for Christmas this year, instead hoping for healthier days ahead.

“It was a very difficult decision, but we will be staying home for Christmas and not seeing our children and grandchildren. We need to do the simple things to keep everyone safe so that we can celebrate together for Easter, the Fourth, Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021,” Johnson said.

It was also announced that due to COVID-19, the Andalusia Public Library is temporarily closed due to COVID with hopes of re-opening on Dec. 28. Items can be returned through the outdoor return box.