Jasper County Judge Mark Allen on Thursday issued an amended set of orders for Jasper County regarding the spread of Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus.
Most notably, Judge Allen has extended the curfew for juveniles to 24-hours a day, and also he urges those who believe they have Coronavirus symptoms to call their doctor, or the hospital, or the Jasper-Newton County Public Health District first, instead of showing up at a medical facility.
Regarding a person with possible symptoms, Judge Allen said if they call a medical facility, they will be asked a series of questions to determine if those symptoms are in line in Coronavirus, and if that is the case they will be instructed where to go to a medical facility and what to do once they arrive there.
Judge Allen explained that if a person does indeed have the virus, they don't want them just showing up at a medical facility and exposing it to people.
Additionally, Judge Allen said that Coronavirus test kits are now physically in Jefferson County for distribution, and kits will soon arrive at the Jasper-Newton County Public Health District office in Jasper and will be distributed out to medical facilities from there as needed. Judge Allen said once a test is complete, it is taking up to two days for test results to come back.
Regarding the juvenile curfew, it was originally only for Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but now Judge Allen has extended that to 24-hours a day, the same as the order in Newton County. According to the order, those 18 and younger cannot be out in public unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or, unless they are going to or from their job.
Also amended was Judge Allen's original order to limit gatherings to 50 people or less, that order now states 10 people or less.
Regarding businesses, Judge Allen said that he is encouraging store owners to continue offering goods and services to the public, but he is also encouraging citizens to utilize curbside pickup or delivery if that is available.