Parrish mayor sheltering after contact with COVID-19 patient

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PARRISH - Mayor La'Tisha Oliver said Thursday she is sheltering in place at home after coming in contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but she is showing no symptoms.

Oliver started sheltering on Wednesday, she said.

She noted she is considered at-risk, involving a rheumatoid arthritis condition that requires treatments. "I have a compromised immune system," she said, saying antibodies   constantly are attacking her blood cells, thinking there is a disease to fight off.

Oliver said she called her primary physician, who told her she needed to quarantine. However, because Oliver is not showing any symptoms of the virus, she is not having to be tested for the virus at this time.

"My primary physician and my rheumatoid specialist said if I started getting a fever or a cough or the taste going away, or something like that, then I need to schedule a test," she said. "They said as long as I don't have any symptoms, they are not going to test me."

She said her sheltering is being done out of an abundance of precaution.

"I know I am susceptible to catching anything, and if I do have it, I don't want to be responsible for spreading it," she said.

Meanwhile, she said the Parrish Town Council has scheduled its next council meeting for April 14, but is waiting on direction from Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama League of Municipalities in determining whether that meeting should go forward in the wake of the coronavirus spreading.

Town officials are also trying to find out how it can do the teleconferencing that is now allowed by city councils in the state under Ivey's recent emergency declaration concerning the virus. The Cordova City Council conducted such a meeting recently.
Oliver said she has signed a proclamation similar to what has been issued in Cordova and Oakman dealing with the virus, dealing with emergency powers if needed.

She urged the public to be cautious.

"We are just asking the public to heed the warnings to be safe and to be healthy," she said. "If you feel sick, please do not go out to potentially spread it. Call your healthcare physician immediately. I'm just praying everyone comes through this OK."