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First COVID-19 case confirmed in Marengo County

Marengo County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest update by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The state saw an increase of 198 cases from the update on Tuesday afternoon. The total number of confirmed cases stands at 242 as of the Wednesday night update.

Two neighboring counties — Dallas and Wilcox — each have one confirmed case of the coronavirus. Tuscaloosa County has 17 confirmed cases.

There are no confirmed cases in Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Choctaw and Clarke counties as of Wednesday’s update.

The state also recorded its first COVID-19 related death on Wednesday, which was in Jackson County in northeast Alabama.

“It is with profound sadness that I confirm that one of our citizens has passed away from the COVID-19 virus. I extend my prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones during these extraordinary circumstances. I continue to urge everyone that this virus is real, it is deadly, and we should continue to maintain social-distancing as much as possible. Together, we will overcome these challenges and difficult days. I appreciate the diligence of the Alabama Department of Public Health for thoroughly investigating this case, which unfortunately was indeed a Coronavirus-related death,” said Governor Kay Ivey.

This story will continue to be updated as more information is obtained.