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Masks are working; Mandate Extended until Nov. 8
Press conference begins at the 5:30 mark.
Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the statewide mask order through Nov. 8, an extension that will keep the measure in place through election day. Ivey said the mask order was working and needed to stay in place in order to maintain progress and protect voters and poll workers. The revised order also loosened some restrictions on visitation to long-term care facilities.
Since July 15, masks or other facial coverings have been required when in public indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces where more than six feet of social distance can’t be achieved. New cases and the positivity rate of tests are trending down. Hospitalizations and average daily deaths have declined.
“This isn’t luck or coincidence. The fact is our mask order is working and the numbers speak for themselves,” Ivey said.
The mask order was in place over Labor Day weekend and it looks like that holiday did not lead to the surge in new infections that followed Memorial Day and Independence Day when the order was not in place. Approximately two weeks after those holidays, infections spiked.
Alabama still ranks No. 14 among U.S. states in average cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to The New York Times’ ongoing tracking efforts. Over the past 14-days, Alabama has averaged about 1,000 cases per day. Over the course of the pandemic, Alabama is 4th in the Un in total cases per 100,000 and 19th in deaths per 100,000. A comprehensive collection of statistics are available at the Bamatracker website.
This week the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ended restrictions on bars selling alcohol after 11 p.m.
- Amended Safer at Home Order
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Eighteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
- Hospitals and Long-Term Living Facilities Sign
- Resources for Businesses
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