MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey said Tuesday she has extended the “Safer at Home” health order through July 31, but she did not make any major changes to the order.
Ivey held a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to give an update on COVID-19.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, state Representative Dexter Grimsley and Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon joined Ivey for the announcement.
Ivey and the state leaders encouraged everyone to wear a mask anytime you are in public.
Asked further about why she didn’t issue new restrictions, Governor Ivey’s office issued this statement: It is critical that all Alabamians are adhering to the Safer at Home order. As the governor said today, personal responsibility is everyone’s responsibility. If we do not take it upon ourselves to keep ourselves and others safe by taking smart health precautions, we cannot expect to make progress. Our health care workers are doing their part. We are seeing businesses make sacrifices, and Governor Ivey has faith in the people of Alabama to be smart as we wade through this health crisis. The governor remains supportive of local governments instituted any additional guidelines that are geared to data in their specific area.
This was Ivey’s first news conference since May 21.
On May 21, Alabama had tested 171,000 people, had confirmed 13,058 cases, and had 528 confirmed deaths.
As of Tuesday morning, Alabama has tested 392,800 people, has confirmed 36,683 cases and has 905 deaths. There have also been 18,886 recoveries.
The “Safer at Home” health order expires July 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Scott Harris said even though Alabama is testing more, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, which means the virus is spreading more.
Harris said hospitals are seeing more cases of COVID-19 now, leaving less room in ICUs for other types of patients.
Harris and Ivey said the state is open, but this is not the time to let our guard down. Harris said, “You are safer at home.”
About masks Harris said, “We know face coverings aren’t perfect and they don’t prevent everything, but you limit the chance of giving it to someone else.”
ADPH is also going to start including a color-coded county map that shows areas of alert for COVID-19 based on a 14-day trend.