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Pike County reports 21 confirmed cases

Pike County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 21 on Monday, as the virus continued to take hold in Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,734 confirmed cases statewide as of 6:30 p.m. Monday, with 99 reported deaths and 457 hospitalizations.

In Pike County, none of the cases have required hospitalization and no deaths have been reported.

“We’re holding steady,” said Herbert Reeves, Pike County EMA director. “Right now we’re doing well except for the nursing homes, who need more personal protective equipment. We’re working with them to try and find vendors to purchase the additional PPE.”

Pike County Administrator McKenzie Wilson said on Monday that the Pike Area Transit System on Friday will restrict transportation services to dialysis patients only. “We received an email from PATS Director Donte Frazier saying that in order to protect their employees and the patients, PATS would only provide transportation for dialysis patients through April 30,” she said at the Pike County Commission meeting.

Also, representatives of Arrow Disposal, the contractor for Pike County garbage collection, notified the commission that employees will not accept any bags or additional garbage not inside the waste bins. “Before they would pick up bags or extra items, but they’re trying to keep their employees safe and only want them handling the cans,” said Commission Chad Copeland.