Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Monday that Mobile had its third confirmed case of COVID-19.
“Tonight we had our third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mobile County,’” Stimpson said. “My top priority remains your health and safety, and my team is fully engaged in the effort to protect you from this threat to our community.”
Simpson said that he is continuing the effort to obtain test kits for the City of Mobile.
“There is still a shortage of test kits around the country, but the private sector is stepping up to meet demand,” Stimpson said. “You can count on this: You will see more testing done soon, and more test results being completed by the labs.”
Stimpson said that COVID-19 is a public health crisis. “But it is also an economic crisis.”
“We must protect lives and we must protect livelihoods as well,” Stimpson continued.
Stimpson announced that the City of Mobile and the Community Foundation of South Alabama have launched a Disaster Relief Fund to help those who are hurting as a result of this pandemic.
You can learn more at their website here.
Stimpson said that he has met with his “Executive team to get an update on city operations, and to make sure that city government is continuing to serve our citizens. It is imperative that the wheels of government keep turning. I am grateful that we have such a dedicated team of public servants working for you at City Hall.”
The mayor also met with Owen Bailey and Dr. John Marymount at USA Health System to review plans for COVID testing.
Stimpson also met with Brad Pitts, the chief executive of Synergy Labs, to get an update on their progress producing test kits.
“I hosted a conference call with leaders from the Mobile Chamber, the Mobile Airport Authority, the Mobile Housing Authority, Downtown Alliance, Coastal Alabama Partnership, Alabama Power and the Mobile County Public School System, along with elected officials from city, county and state government,” Stimpson said. “We are doing our best to keep them apprised of all we do. I conducted a news conference to update the media, answering any and all questions.”
Stimpson said that on Tuesday he would be meeting with the Mobile City Council as well as with area pastors.
“I am grateful to those of you who have responded with prayers and words of support – they are appreciated,” Stimpson said. “The best thing that you can do to help is to follow the recommended CDC guidelines, including washing your hands regularly, practicing social distancing and staying home if you are sick. If we all follow these steps, we will save lives.”
Mobile is Alabama’s fourth-largest city.
As of press time, Mobile has just three diagnosed cases of COVID-19.