Coronavirus outbreak in Hartford after political event

Some public buildings have closed, business curtail service
Hartford, AL
Hartford, AL(WTVY)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 6:49 PM CDT
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HARTFORD, Ala. (WTVY) -Several people who attended a political event in Hartford last week have tested positive for coronavirus, according to social media post.

“The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce held a meet and greet for all the candidates running for city Council and the Mayor of Hartford at Ketchem’s Restaurant on July 23. As many of you are aware there have been several people who were in attendance at the meeting that has tested positive for coronavirus,” Ketchem’s posted on its Facebook page.

Hartford City Hall and the public library have closed, First National Bank of Hartford and Dalton's Pharmacy are offering only drive through services, and other businesses have also taken precautions.

Kethem’s plans to remain open. “If anyone that is employed with Ketchem’s and has a family member that has tested positive then they will not be back at work for 14 days,” the restaurant posted.

Some who attended the political event last week did not wear face coverings, according to others also present.

Geneva is one of many counties the Alabama Department of Public Health considers coronavirus hot spots.

Statewide, the number of positive tests exceeded 80,000 Tuesday, with 1446 confirmed deaths and 48 other suspected of being COVID-19 related.

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