JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed a Jackson County resident has died from complications related to COVID-19.
The Jackson County Commission released a statement today offering condolences to the family of one of their part time employees, who reportedly died after contracting coronavirus.
The commission posted a statement to its Facebook page:
This is the first death in an Alabama resident with a positive test. ADPH said the patient had underlying health problems and passed away in a facility outside the state of Alabama.
“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as to the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “The health of our residents and the community is our greatest priority, and we will continue working together to care for the patients, protect the safety of health care workers, and protect the people in our state.”
"It is with profound sadness that I confirm that one of our citizens has passed away from the COVID-19 virus. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones during these extraordinary circumstances. I continue to urge everyone that this virus is real, it is deadly, and we should continue to maintain social-distancing as much as possible. Together, we will overcome these challenges and difficult days. I appreciate the diligence of the Alabama Department of Public Health for thoroughly investigating this case, which unfortunately was indeed a Coronavirus-related death."Governor Kay Ivey