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COVID-19 numbers heading in right direction

COVID-19 numbers heading in right direction



James Brown didn’t want to call it a “trend,” but the Coffee County EMA Director offered some encouraging numbers at the county commission meeting Monday.

Bottom line? Gov. Kay Ivey’s mask mandate appears to be working.

“I can think of four major things it could be, but one of the top things is the mask. It takes a good 2-3 weeks to see a real change in that. We’ve been to that time period and we do see a drop. I’m hoping that’s what it is.

“Our positivity rate is another thing we look at and that also seems to be dropping. We got up to almost a 20 percent positivity rate and now we’re down to about a 14, 15 percent. That’s not significant but it’s still a downward trend.”

Brown told the commissioners that the county had 761 cumulative cases on Monday morning and another 50 were “probable.”

However, there have been 117 cases in the last 14 days, “which is a significant drop from where we were before,” Brown added. “That’s a little over eight a day. Before, we were trending around 20 a day at our last meeting two weeks ago.”

Just as encouraging, the hospital situation is looking better.

“The ICUs are looking better, medical/surgical beds are much better. The one we’re always worried about is what our hospitalization rate is,” Brown said. “We never had a real problem in Enterprise but we thought we might because the Dothan hospitals were filling up, which meant we couldn’t transfer people over there. Now that the Dothan numbers, for the most part, are looking a little better we’re feeling good. We just hope that trend continues.”

With schools opening up, Brown said it will take three weeks to a month before the effect will be reflected in the numbers.

“We hope that doesn’t lead to more cases, but we’re going to watch that real close,” Brown said Tuesday afternoon. “The good thing is all the schools require masks. People are protecting themselves from spreading it to somebody else.

“So even people who are positive but asymptomatic, with a mask on they’re not spreading it to somebody else. Nobody would do that intentionally. But if you don’t know (you are positive), wearing that mask definitely helps that out.”

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Enterprise Municipal Airport Manager Staci Hayes has been voted onto the Board of Directors for the Aviation Council of Alabama, which represents international, air carrier and general aviation airports across the state.

“I’m very honored. I was shocked – pleasantly shocked,” said Hayes, who is also the Interim Director of Engineering Services for the city of Enterprise. “The Aviation Council is the voice for all the airports across Alabama.”

The council also represents aviation businesses, economic developers, pilots, aircraft owners and aviation associations. Its mission is continued improvement, development and advancement of airports and aviation throughout the state.

The Aviation Council puts on conferences and workshops, awards scholarships and provides resources and information for all of the state’s aviation interests. In addition, it is actively involved in legislative issues at both the state and national levels and serves as a resource to elected officials from local to national.

Hayes took over as Airport Manager and was elevated to Interim Director of Engineering in May of 2019. Even before taking over as manager, she had worked with the Aviation Council.

“I had attended a few of the workshops before I became the airport manager, but especially after that” she said. “This association, they’re the ones that people go to.

“Like down in Gulf Shores, they just had Hurricane Sally come through. They can come to the Aviation Council and we can help them.”

Hayes said she got a call in June from Art Morris, the former manager over Dothan Regional Airport, who still helps the Aviation Council in retirement.

“I’m not quite sure who nominated me, but he told me I had been nominated to fill an opening on their board,” she said. “They had one slot open because someone had resigned off the board. I’m going to take that spot and I have two years. Normally, it’s a three-year term. You can be reappointed to it.”

She found out Monday she had been added.

The council has five communities and Hayes said she would love to work on the Legislative Committee.

“That’s the committee that helps to go get grant money for all the airports,” she said.

She will likely get assigned a committee when the Aviation Council meets next month. It meets in Montgomery on the third Wednesday of every month.

Alabama’s Airport System is a major contributor to economic development, tourism and is a valuable transportation infrastructure resource for the state. Both commercial airline service and general aviation airports are major tools for local and statewide economic growth.

Adequate and safely maintained airports are an essential part of every community’s transportation infrastructure. The Aviation Council of Alabama is the state’s only Airport and Aviation Association that serves to protect the interest of airports, business and individuals that make up the “grassroots” of the aviation community.

“I’m completely honored and really, really excited, especially with the situation airports are in with COVID-19,” Hayes said. “I’m excited to represent our area and our airport.”

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