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CAIR-Alabama Urges State to Increase Overall Testing for COVID-19

Alabama may have one of highest death rates in the nation, yet the state ranks 50th in per capita testing


(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 4/8/2020) – The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AL) today urged state officials to devote additional resources toward increasing COVID-19 testing.

“We are in the midst of a pandemic. If this public health crisis has taught America anything, it’s that infections anywhere pose a lethal threat to Americans everywhere,” says CAIR-Alabama’s Executive Director Hamid M. Khan. “We ask the State of Alabama to devote additional resources to public health officials to help detect and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”

BACKGROUND: 

Despite the current stay-at-home order issued by Governor Ivey, models forecast that Alabama will have among the highest death rates in the nation, yet the state ranks 50th in per capita testing. Testing for the coronavirus remains essential because (1) officials can only control the extent of the pandemic if public health officials know where it is and how many cases are present; (2) knowing who is or is not infected with the virus will allow hospitals to use the equipment and supplies they already have more efficiently; and (3) understanding the extent of the disease will enhance and re-affirm the need for social distancing.

SEE: United States coronavirus cases 
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Alabama Department of Public Health data and surveillance dashboard
https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


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CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Hamid M. Khan, (205) 531-7766, contact@cairalabama.org

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