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Roby warns COVID-19 remains a threat to the health, well-being of Alabamians

Monday, Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, briefed constituents on the coronavirus crisis and the reopening of the economy in an email.

“The American economic landscape has changed considerably over the past few months as Coronavirus (COVID-19) has extremely halted activity across the country,” Rep. Roby said. “Several weeks have passed since Alabama’s economy slowly began to reopen following a phased approach with the amended Safer at Home public health order. Although these practices prevented many from falling sick, Coronavirus remains a threat to the health and well-being of Alabamians and the American people.”

“Through both health and economic suffering, individuals, families, business leaders, and employees have been dramatically impacted by this novel pandemic,” Roby continued. “Particularly, small businesses have been severely affected by the pandemic, and some continue to be at great risk of closing permanently. Congress has come together to assist these businesses and their employees in many ways. Most recently, Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, which made regulatory changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).”

“As of June 6, there have been 61,576 approved loans totaling approximately $6,122,930,463 for businesses throughout the state,” Roby said. “The road to recovery for Alabama and America will not be simple. It will be a process that takes much time, dedication, and determination. As time goes by, we will see the resilient people and communities of Alabama begin to heal, much like we have these past few weeks.”

“Montgomery County now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Alabama,” Roby warned. “The Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed 147 new cases Sunday, the highest one-day total to date.”

As of Monday evening Montgomery County had 2,871 confirmed cases and 68 deaths. Mobile County has 2,723 cases and 129 deaths. Jefferson County has 2,537 cases and 117 deaths. Tuscaloosa County has 1,342 cases and 25 deaths. Marshall County has 896 cases and 9 deaths. Franklin County has 730 cases and 10 deaths. Lee County has 710 cases and 35 deaths. Shelby County has 655 cases and 20 deaths. Morgan County has 638 cases and 2 deaths. Walker County has 578 cases and 6 deaths. Madison County has 566 cases and 5 deaths. Butler County has 541 cases and 25 deaths. Dallas County has 503 cases and 6 deaths. Tallapoosa County has 473 cases and 66 deaths.

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There has 25,892 confirmed cases in Alabama and 769 deaths. 118,283 Americans have already died in the global pandemic.

“I encourage you to continue to adhere to the guidelines issued by Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and practice social distancing as the nation continues to combat COVID-19,” Roby concluded.

Governor Ivey has advised Alabamians that it is safer to remain at home. The CDC is urging that everyone wear surgical masks or cloth face coverings when they go out in public. Maintain six feet of distance between you and anyone not living in your household at all times.

Martha Roby is in her fifth term representing Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She is not seeking another term.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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