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.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
Pearl River4519146
Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
Etowah13890353
Marshall12262223
Houston10602282
Elmore10115206
Limestone10031151
St. Clair9890245
Cullman9730194
Lauderdale9449243
DeKalb8853188
Talladega8325176
Walker7259277
Autauga6971108
Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
Greene92634
Choctaw61024
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 50°
Columbus
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 52°
Oxford
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 46°
Starkville
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 45°
High pressure will continue to dominate our weather forecast for this weekend. This will keep our area filled with plenty of sunshine. However, there will be some changes next week in our weahter forecast as low pressure brings back some chances for showers and thunderstorms.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather