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Masks are working; Mandate Extended until Dec. 11
Press conference begins at the 5:00 mark.
Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the statewide mask order through Dec. 11, as Coronavirus cases are on the rise with dropping temperatures and more people gathering indoors. At the same time, Ivey announced the end of customer capacity caps in retail stores and eased restrictions on restaurants.
Since July 15, masks or other facial coverings have been required in public indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces where more than six feet of social distance cannot be achieved. Under the new order, stores and restaurants are asked to keep patrons or tables six feet apart, though restaurants can seat people at tables closer than six feet apart if barriers between tables are installed.
Alabama has seen about 200,000 people test positive for the virus and 3,000 have died statewide. In recent weeks, the percentage of tests coming back positive has risen to 9.8%. According to state health officer Scott Harris, about 1,000 people statewide were hospitalized for the disease in the first week of November.
Over the course of the pandemic, Alabama ranks No. 7 among U.S. states in cases per 100,000 residents, according to The New York Times’ ongoing tracking efforts, though Alabama ranks 27th in the number of cases per 100,000 over the past week. Northern states particularly in the Upper Midwest are seeing spikes in infections currently.
A comprehensive collection of statistics are available at the Bamatracker website.
- Amended Safer at Home Order
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Nineteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
Alabama Department of Public Health provides daily updates to a dashboard displaying confirmed Coronavirus cases across the state. A series of tabs at the bottom of the map provide views of a variety of Coronavirus statistics, like daily trends and averages, rates by county, hospitalizations, and demographics of those affected.
A note of caution. The true extent of the virus is unknown. The number of confirmed cases does not equate to the prevalence of the virus in a county. Testing availability varies and results take time to process. One should assume that the virus is present and will spread unless protective measures are followed.
Mapping cases on a local level
The Jefferson County Department of Health is now providing mapping of COVID-19 cases by health districts which are based on zip codes