State health officials said Saturday they are testing for the coronavirus, but anticipate finding no problems from the virus, which was first identified in 2014 in the Middle East and is caused by a microscopic virus that causes inflammation of the lungs, kidney failure and other ailments in a variety of different diseases.
Officials urged the public to continue to help the state’s efforts to reduce the risk of the coronavirus. The most effective prevention comes from the use of hand sanitizer, regularly washing hands and not sharing towels or towels with others.
More broadly, health officials called for Americans to be vigilant about protecting themselves against illness and, despite Mr. Saban’s health scare, said they had seen no outbreak of the disease in the United States in the recent past.
None of the state’s influenza or antibiotic-resistant bacteria epidemics this year has also detected signs of coronavirus.
For now, Mr. Saban will be allowed to coach Alabama, which will take on rival Georgia, a game which serves as an unofficial championship for both teams and is followed closely by millions of fans.
If Mr. Saban should feel better soon, the school’s athletic director, Greg Byrne, said, “I don’t want to look foolish.”