Alabama infections pass 1,500 as stay-home order takes hold

Confirmed coronavirus infections in Alabama topped 1,500 on Saturday as residents statewide were placed under an emergency order requiring them to stay home as much as possible.

Posted: Apr 4, 2020 9:49 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in Alabama topped 1,500 on Saturday as residents statewide were placed under an emergency order requiring them to stay home as much as possible.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey's order took effect at 5 p.m. Saturday and were scheduled to last until at least April 30, with an extension possible. Ivey said Friday she felt compelled to require people across Alabama to shelter at home as cases of the new virus continued to rise and too many people ignored calls to isolate voluntarily.

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Saturday that 43 deaths have been reported in the state and 26 of them have been confirmed as being linked to the new virus.

The emergency order allows people to leave home to get medicine, health care, food and other essentials. It also allows church services, weddings and funerals as long as long fewer than 10 people are present and they stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said he supports the governor's action, the Opelika-Auburn News reported.

“This is going to be frustrating for some, it’s going to be cumbersome to some,” Anders said. “It is a removal of our liberties and our freedoms. But the reality is, we’re in a health crisis and for us to get past this health crisis we’ve got to take some stronger measures."

In Stapleton, Kristi Hicks is recovering at home after she developed symptoms and was tested for COVID-19 at a Mobile clinic last week. The results came back positive, and Hicks has isolated herself in a bedroom away from her husband and children.

Hicks told WKRG-TV that others need to realize anyone can become infected.

“It doesn’t care who you are, how much you clean, how many times you wash your hands, if you work in healthcare, if you don’t," Hicks said. "I mean it’s out there.”

The governor's stay-home order allows for outdoor exercise, as well as trips to care for other people or pets. Visiting relatives is also OK as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

The order requires that anyone testing positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, must quarantine at home for two weeks. Grocery stores and other retailers must operate at half their normal capacity.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of as much as $500 per offense, according to state Attorney General Steve Marshall.

The virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.

Ivey had already closed public schools, banned non-work gatherings of 10 or more people, limited restaurants to takeout or delivery orders and shut down businesses including entertainment venues, fitness centers and salons.

Her decision to impose a shelter-at-home order came soon after Republican governors in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia who had also resisted such statewide orders reversed course and issued similar directives.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
Harrison18431317
Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
Lauderdale7261242
Lowndes6517150
Lamar635188
Lafayette6313121
Washington5425137
Bolivar4841133
Panola4670110
Oktibbeha466198
Pearl River4605147
Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425873
Monroe4157135
Union415777
Neshoba4063179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386987
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298589
Tippah291968
Prentiss284161
Leake272074
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264642
Grenada264087
George252251
Newton248663
Tishomingo231868
Winston230181
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127238
Amite126242
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108234
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson810031566
Mobile42105831
Madison35690525
Tuscaloosa26173458
Shelby25607254
Montgomery25081614
Baldwin21868314
Lee16278176
Calhoun14719327
Morgan14629285
Etowah14175364
Marshall12453230
Houston10781287
Elmore10293214
Limestone10179157
St. Clair10162251
Cullman9952201
Lauderdale9603250
DeKalb8972190
Talladega8460184
Walker7338280
Autauga7241113
Blount6945139
Jackson6932113
Colbert6413140
Coffee5635127
Dale4928116
Russell454841
Chilton4476116
Franklin431382
Covington4275122
Tallapoosa4138155
Escambia401680
Chambers3728124
Dallas3607158
Clarke353061
Marion3240107
Pike314378
Lawrence3133100
Winston283472
Bibb268564
Geneva257981
Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
Hale227278
Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
Crenshaw155957
Cleburne153444
Lamar146837
Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124342
Conecuh113630
Coosa111729
Perry108626
Sumter105732
Greene93634
Choctaw62125
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