Birmingham, Ala. The Alabama Department of Public Health is monitoring dozens of people for the coronavirus (COVID-19) who are self-monitoring at home after traveling from China and back home in Alabama.
The Department of Health’s surveillance began in early February and the surveillance follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Bernstein Taylor of the state health department said, “People who are being monitored for coronavirus, are not currently sick and do not have symptoms yet, they are asymptomatic.”
Locations across Alabama are being monitored for between 50 and 100 people who have traveled to Wuhan, China, Hubei province or mainland China.
All those being monitored should remain in self-isolation and maintain daily contact with the health department for 14 days.
The number of watchdogs in Alabama varies daily due to the number of Chinese returning from China who must report to the Department of Health upon arrival from China.
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