Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus Disease

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Background on COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. COVID-19 was first detected in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States. As of March 2021, the United States has over 30 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and Alabama has over 515,000. 

Risk of exposure to COVID-19

The immediate risk of exposure for most Americans is growing. However, those at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 include health care workers, people who have been exposed through travel, and close contacts of those who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. COVID-19 primarily spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets by means of coughing or sneezing. Please practice social distancing, work from home, and stay indoors when possible to avoid spreading this virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, nausea, and shortness of breath similar to other respiratory infections like the common cold or the flu. Currently, the CDC believes that symptoms may appear anywhere between 2 – 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Most patients experience a mild illness.

If you are feeling ill, please contact your doctor for guidance.

As of March 20, 2020, the ADPH is recommending that anyone showing symptoms should first call their healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call 1-888-264-2256.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, and there is no specific treatment for the virus. In most cases people with COVID-19 will recover on their own. However, the CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including COVID-19: 

  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you feel sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately dispose of the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (doorknobs, refrigerator door handles, etc.) with regular household cleaning sprays or wipes
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
  • If you are not sick and have yet to receive the current flu vaccine, get the current flu vaccine 

The CDC does not recommend that people who feel healthy and well wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others, or used by health workers and people who are taking care of an ill person in close settings such as at home or in a health care facility. 

CORONAVIRUS:  CDC Fact Sheet:  What You Need to Know
CORONAVIRUS:  CDC Fact Sheet:  What To Do If You Are Sick
CORONAVIRUS:  CDC Fact Sheet:  What the Public Should Do
CORONAVIRUS:  CDC Fact Sheet:  Stop the Spread of Germs
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Guidance on Prevention and Treatment
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Guidance on How It Spreads
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Guidance on Symptoms
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Information on Number of Confirmed U.S. Cases
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Guidance for Travelers
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Guidance for Businesses/Employers
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Social Distancing

Even for those not experiencing symptoms, it is still important to practice social distancing. The federal government asks that:

  • No one convene groups of over 10 people.
  • Everyone maintains six feet of separation.
  • Anyone able to work from home, please do so.
  • Avoid eating at bars and restaurants (and instead opt for drive-through, pick-up or delivery options.)
  • Avoid any discretionary travel, shopping and social visits.

Criteria for Getting Tested

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor. The CDC has expanded their criteria for evaluating individuals to include a wider group of symptomatic people. Clinicians will use their judgement under the new guidelines to determine if a person has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether they should be tested. You can find the CDC's description of their criteria HERE.

Testing Centers in the 7th Congressional District

Birmingham Downtown COVID-19 Testing

Address: The corner of University Boulevard and 22nd St. South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: 205-957-1881
Hours: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm, by appointment only (appointments may be scheduled from 7a – 11p, seven days a week)

Christ Health Center Sick Clinic

Address: 5720 First Avenue North, Woodlawn
Phone: 205-380-9455
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

Urgent Care for Children - Birmingham *Testing for Children Ages 0 – 21

Address: 500 Cahaba Park Circle, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242
Phone: 205-848-2273
Hours: Weekdays 2pm – 10 pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 8pm

Hale County Hospital

Address: 508 Greene Street, Greensboro, AL 36744; screening clinic in front parking lot
Phone: 334-507-3815
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Baptist Health Coronavirus Care Clinic

Address: 2936 Marti Lane, Montgomery, AL 36116
*located across from former Governor’s House
Phone: 334-747-0150
Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, seven days a week.

Whitfield Regional Hospital Coronavirus Collection Site

Address: 105 U.S. Highway 80 East, Demopolis, AL 36732
*Site located on in rear of hospital in parking lot
Phone: 334-289-4000
Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, seven days a week

Druid City Hospital (DCH) Regional-Remote Screening Clinic

Address: 809 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
*located in DCH Outpatient Center on the bottom floor beside the pharmacy
Phone: (205) 759-7867
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Urgent Care for Children - Tuscaloosa *Testing for Children Ages 0 – 21

Address: 4700 Rice Mine Road Northeast
Phone: 205-614-5628
Hours: Weekdays 2pm – 10 pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 8pm

Northport Medical Center Outpatient Laboratory

Address: 2700 Hospital Drive, Northport, AL 35476
Phone: (205) 333-4662
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

MainStreet Family Care - Selma

Address: 1475 AL-14, Selma, AL 36703
Phone: (334) 526-3240
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cahaba Medical Care - West End

Address: 1308 Tuscaloosa Ave,. Birmingham, AL 35211
Phone: (205) 679-6325
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

American Family Care Flintridge 

Address: 6554 Aaron Drive, Fairfield, AL 35064
Phone: (205) 786-5022
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week

Highway 69 South

Address: 9070 Highway 69 South, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Phone: (205) 772-9500
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week


Address: 1652 Montclair Road, Birminham, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 956-9192
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week


Address: 9232 Parkway East, Birminham, AL 35206
Phone: (205) 833-6888
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week

Walmart and Quest Diagnostic Dive-Through Testing

Address: 2473 Hackworth Road, Forestdale, AL 35214
Phone: 866-448-7719 
Hours: *By appointment only


Address: 5911 Harris Lane, Bessemer, AL35022 
Phone: (205) 461-0038
Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week

Bessemer Quick Care Clinic

Address: 727 Memorial Drive, Bessemer, AL 35022
Phone: (205) 273-9424
Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Quest Diagnostics and Walmart

Address: 2473 Hackworth Road, Adamsville, 35214 (Walmart Parking lot)
Phone: (866) 448-7719
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, seven days a week

Tuscaloosa County Health Department

Address: 2350 Hargrove Rd. E, Tuscaloosa, Al 35405
Phone: (205) 562-6900
Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Friday, May 15; Friday, May 22; Friday, May 29

For additional testing sites and hours of operation, call the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-888-264-2256. Note: There is no medical advice provided at this telephone number.


Alabama State Resources

You can view up-to-date information on the disease, number of cases, deaths, and individuals under public health supervision in Alabama on the Alabama State Department of Health’s website.  

For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-270-7268 or email Telephone calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Also visit ADPH’s FAQ page. For seniors, information is available at (334) 242-5743 or 1-877-425-2243.

Small Business PPP Loan Resources

Community Lenders to assist your businesses when applying for a PPP loan.

  1. Hope Credit Union1-866-321-4637
  2. Alabama Small Business Development Center | 1-877-825-7232
  3. Birmingham Business Resource Center205-250-6380
  4. Bham Strong

Mental Health Resources

Crisis counseling is available Nationwide to all residents of the United States through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Spanish speakers may call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2" or text Hablanos to 66746 from all 50 states.

Those who are deaf or hard of hearing, use may use a preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or TTY 1-800-846-8517.

For additional information on the Disaster Distress Helpline, please visit SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline.

Can my child still get school meals during closures?

State Superintendent Eric Mackey has said that students who receive free or reduced-cost lunches will still be provided meals through schools during the closure. Between now and when schools are reopened, click here to find a meal site near you

In addition to providing meals for children, our local food assistance providers will continue to operate, providing meals to those in need.

Avoiding Scams

he Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has created a page on its website for individuals to learn about and report coronavirus scams.