GENEVA, Ala. As Alabama COVID-19 cases continue to increase in 66 counties, 1 county remains unaffected.
When you enter town the sign says welcome to Geneva but it should say welcome to lucky because Geneva remains the only county in the state of Alabama without a COVID-19 case.
"We all agree that Geneva County is just lucky. That is neither a positive reflection of our good health nor a negative reflection of our testing capabilities. It is simply the outcome of living in a rural area with relatively little interstate commerce. We're blessed by gods grace and a lot of luck," Frankie Lindsey, mayor City of Geneva said.
As the state of Alabama approaches nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases, Geneva County remains at zero.
"In order for us to stay lucky, I think we need to really really hunker down, stay at home, stay within 6 feet of anyone else. We're going to get through this thing, steps such as that are going to help a lot," Lindsey said.
Geneva County has had 31 total tests, although none have come back positive, doctors are prepared for if and when they do get a case.
"But it is a statistical certainty we will have our first positive case soon," Lindsey said.
"We ordered in advance an additional ventilator, a mechanical ventilator. Two of those on site and they're functional and capable of being utilized should that be necessary, hopefully we won't need it. But we are preparing everyday for what's expected to be the next surge over the next week to two weeks towards the end of the month," Jeff Brannon, CEO Wiregrass Medical Center said.
A number of precautions have been set in place such as an increased police presence in town and at the hospital......
"Our staff coming in one door, leaving out of the same door, checking temperatures and making sure no one who was physically sick was coming into that building. No visitors coming in any door of the facility unless it's for compassionate reasons," Brannon said.
The Geneva City Council will meet to discuss if there will be a curfew put into place.