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 3:07 PM
Updated: 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.

Confirmed Cases: 14790

Reported Deaths: 710
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds95924
Lauderdale71358
Madison69422
Scott63010
Neshoba58937
Jones56622
Forrest52338
DeSoto5036
Leake40012
Rankin3856
Holmes38524
Jackson30313
Copiah2904
Attala28415
Newton2564
Monroe25225
Leflore25130
Lincoln25024
Harrison2477
Lamar2315
Yazoo2274
Pearl River20631
Pike20311
Adams19015
Lowndes1899
Noxubee1736
Washington1667
Warren1597
Bolivar15411
Wayne1540
Oktibbeha15411
Jasper1524
Smith14511
Covington1431
Clarke13818
Kemper13611
Chickasaw13012
Lafayette1274
Lee1245
Carroll11511
Coahoma1144
Marion1149
Clay1084
Winston1051
Lawrence1021
Simpson950
Hancock8711
Wilkinson859
Yalobusha855
Grenada853
Itawamba847
Montgomery811
Union805
Sunflower783
Jefferson Davis772
Marshall773
Tate741
Tippah7111
Claiborne692
Panola643
Calhoun634
Webster611
Humphreys587
Amite561
Tunica533
Walthall520
Perry503
Prentiss423
Jefferson400
Choctaw342
Stone300
Pontotoc293
Tishomingo280
Franklin282
Tallahatchie261
Quitman250
George211
Benton150
Alcorn141
Greene91
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16823

Reported Deaths: 605
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
Unassigned00
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