Governor: Alabama stay home order to remain through April

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she intends to keep a stay home order in place through April 30, striking a measured approach as some Southern states push to quickly reopen.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 3:10 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday she intends to keep a stay home order in place through April, striking a measured approach as some Southern states push to quickly reopen.

Ivey for now intends to keep a stay home order active through April 30 and will decide next week on what can reopen, saying the decisions will be driven by data and not a desire to hit a date.

“No one wants to open up businesses more than I do,” Ivey said at a news conference. “All of our decisions that I’m going to make are going to come from data, not a desired date.”

State Health Officer Scott Harris said the state is “not quite there” on meeting the White House recommendation of 14 days of declining cases before proceeding to an additional phase of reopening as the global pandemic continues.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the state has more than 5,100 cases of coronavirus and 144 confirmed deaths from the virus. State health officials are investigating another 30 or so reported deaths in COVID-19 patients. Harris said the state had been reporting 200 or more new cases a day, but now the number is under 200.

Ivey expressed concern that the testing has not been adequate in the state but could not give benchmarks on what would be an adequate level. There have been about 48,000 tests conducted in Alabama, a state with a population of 4.9 million.

“We are not testing enough yet. We are little bit less than 1 percent of our population and we need to do a whole lot more testing to get up the speed,” Ivey said.

The governor suggested last week that the opening of the economy would likely take a tiered approach, with some segments opening before others and that areas with widespread outbreaks might have more restrictions.

Ivey is receiving mixed feedback on whether to cancel or extend closure orders. The governor asked for recommendations from the state’s congressional delegation.

Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday that his office recommended an immediate end to the stay-home order.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced an aggressive timetable for reopening, allowing gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to reopen Friday and restaurants and movie theaters on Monday.

Ivey praised people’s cooperation with the stay home order, saying that has limited the spread of the virus.

“What we’re doing is working. I plead with the people of Alabama keep doing what you are doing,” Ivey said. "It’s been a challenging month. We’ve lost too many of our loved ones and our way of life has been turned upside down. But better days are ahead. We all look forward to that.”

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including life-threatening pneumonia.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 320292

Reported Deaths: 7390
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22299271
Hinds20782424
Harrison18455317
Rankin13933282
Jackson13740249
Madison10276225
Lee10068176
Jones8475167
Forrest7845153
Lauderdale7263242
Lowndes6524150
Lamar636688
Lafayette6315121
Washington5427138
Bolivar4842133
Panola4671110
Oktibbeha466398
Pearl River4610148
Marshall4576105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc426173
Monroe4163136
Union415977
Neshoba4066180
Lincoln4009113
Hancock387687
Leflore3516125
Tate342586
Sunflower339491
Pike3374111
Alcorn327474
Scott320374
Yazoo314771
Adams308586
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma299084
Simpson298689
Tippah292468
Prentiss284461
Leake272474
Marion271480
Covington267283
Wayne264842
Grenada264087
George252451
Newton249064
Tishomingo232469
Winston230382
Jasper222148
Attala215173
Chickasaw210759
Holmes190574
Stone188833
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174232
Yalobusha167940
Smith164134
Walthall135547
Greene131934
Lawrence131424
Montgomery128943
Noxubee128034
Perry127538
Amite126542
Carroll122330
Webster115132
Jefferson Davis108534
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96729
Franklin85023
Quitman82316
Choctaw79218
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66328
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 549394

Reported Deaths: 11328
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson810851571
Mobile42180832
Madison35733524
Tuscaloosa26186460
Shelby25638255
Montgomery25103615
Baldwin21921314
Lee16301176
Calhoun14725329
Morgan14650286
Etowah14192364
Marshall12465230
Houston10798289
Elmore10302214
Limestone10191157
St. Clair10166251
Cullman9975201
Lauderdale9621250
DeKalb8978190
Talladega8467184
Walker7351281
Autauga7244113
Jackson6993113
Blount6957139
Colbert6418140
Coffee5650128
Dale4931116
Russell455241
Chilton4476116
Franklin432082
Covington4283123
Tallapoosa4137155
Escambia402380
Chambers3731124
Dallas3609158
Clarke353361
Marion3264107
Pike314878
Lawrence3135100
Winston283672
Bibb268664
Geneva258782
Marengo250566
Pickens237062
Barbour234460
Hale227078
Butler225071
Fayette219763
Henry194844
Randolph187744
Cherokee187545
Monroe181041
Washington170639
Macon163051
Clay160159
Crenshaw156157
Cleburne153744
Lamar147237
Lowndes142154
Wilcox126830
Bullock124642
Conecuh113830
Coosa112129
Perry108826
Sumter106032
Greene93734
Choctaw62125
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