Alabama Governor: No plans for a statewide shelter in place order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she has no plans to issue a statewide “shelter in place" order to combat the coronavirus, although the state's largest city has directed city residents to stay at home.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 7:01 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she has no plans to issue a statewide “shelter in place" order to combat the coronavirus, although the state's largest city has directed city residents to stay at home.

Citing economic concerns, Ivey signaled a reluctance to join states including New York, California, Illinois and Louisiana that have ordered residents to stay home unless going out for food, medicine and essential services.

“We have no current plans to do so. We have seen other states doing that ... but we are not California. We are not New York. We are not even Louisiana,” Ivey told reporters in a conference call. “My priority is to keep the Alabama economy going as much as possible while we take extraordinary measures to keep everyone healthy and safe,” the governor said.

However, the Birmingham City Council the same day approved a “shelter in place” directive through April 3 that would direct citizens to only go out for food, medicine and essential services and work. Health officials in Jefferson County, where Birmingham is located, had already ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, including hair salons and many retail stores, in a bid to stem the outbreak.

Alabama on Tuesday had at least 242 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 91 of those cases in Jefferson County. State Health Officer Scott Harris said the ages of people testing positive, raged from 1 to 97. He said the median age was 41.

No virus-related deaths have been reported so far in Alabama.

“We don’t have the luxury to wait, and this is a moment that we all need to look in the mirror and know that this is the right thing to do," Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin told council members. Birmingham has 211,000 residents.

The ordinance has several exemptions for medical facilities, gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants offering take-out, hardware stores, financial institutions, nonprofits, and certain businesses. People could also go out to get exercise or to take care of family members or pets. City officials said that it does not increase the number of businesses that the county health department ordered closed.

Woodfin said the temporary ordinance, which is considered a 24-hour “public safety curfew” could be enforced similarly to the city's existing nighttime curfew for juveniles, but added that he doesn't “believe we will actually have to enforce or arrest anyone."

Dr. Sarah Nafziger, the co-chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Emergency Management Committee, said the hospital has isolated 45 COVID-19 patients and is awaiting test results for another 81.

“We have experienced an exponential increase in the number of patients in the last few days," Nafziger said. “This is a dangerous situation that our community needs to take seriously."

The virus causes only minor flu-like symptoms in most people, who recover in a matter of weeks. But it is highly contagious and young people who show no symptoms can infect others. Older people and those with underlying health problems can develop severe illnesses that test the health care system's capacity to respond.

The state has closed all K-12 schools through April 5, and prohibited on-site restaurant dining and non-work gatherings of more than 25 people where people can't stay 6-feet (2-meters) apart. Ivy also closed beaches and delayed the March 31 Senate primary runoff until July 14.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 296745

Reported Deaths: 6783
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19731230
Hinds18881393
Harrison16780282
Rankin12787265
Jackson12643229
Lee9703161
Madison9484203
Jones8005147
Forrest7250138
Lauderdale6847227
Lowndes6033140
Lamar590980
Lafayette5747113
Washington5229130
Bolivar4620124
Oktibbeha442194
Panola432396
Pearl River4193132
Warren4138115
Pontotoc410771
Marshall404492
Monroe3993128
Union396474
Neshoba3822170
Lincoln3564104
Hancock350277
Leflore3389119
Sunflower319286
Tate303374
Pike301796
Scott295271
Alcorn292463
Yazoo290865
Itawamba290275
Coahoma282069
Tippah279565
Copiah279259
Simpson276680
Prentiss271158
Wayne254541
Leake253172
Marion252778
Covington249780
Grenada248578
Adams235078
George232445
Newton231252
Winston221979
Jasper213845
Tishomingo212965
Attala206870
Chickasaw201453
Holmes182770
Clay179251
Stone173029
Tallahatchie171439
Clarke169672
Calhoun158528
Smith153033
Yalobusha145536
Greene127933
Walthall124540
Noxubee123131
Montgomery122939
Perry122235
Lawrence120621
Carroll119025
Amite112235
Webster111132
Jefferson Davis102731
Tunica99523
Claiborne99129
Benton93924
Humphreys93027
Kemper90423
Quitman77414
Franklin76219
Choctaw69817
Jefferson62827
Wilkinson62427
Sharkey49117
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 498076

Reported Deaths: 10094
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson716711387
Mobile36294737
Madison32616468
Tuscaloosa24340421
Montgomery22739519
Shelby22174218
Baldwin19873289
Lee15039157
Calhoun13832293
Morgan13753254
Etowah13390325
Marshall11448211
Houston10124264
Elmore9483190
Limestone9420138
St. Clair9022227
Cullman8984182
Lauderdale8612214
DeKalb8489175
Talladega7606165
Walker6585259
Jackson6545104
Autauga632492
Blount6236127
Colbert6001121
Coffee5264103
Dale4671107
Russell406933
Franklin399878
Covington3993106
Chilton3898103
Escambia379173
Tallapoosa3622143
Clarke344053
Chambers3431111
Dallas3422142
Pike293373
Marion288695
Lawrence284985
Winston258368
Bibb246160
Geneva240370
Marengo238857
Pickens225457
Barbour213651
Hale212269
Fayette202057
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178039
Monroe166739
Randolph164840
Washington156836
Macon147745
Crenshaw146255
Clay145954
Cleburne139841
Lamar133733
Lowndes132751
Wilcox122925
Bullock117336
Conecuh107024
Perry106127
Sumter99732
Coosa90224
Greene88532
Choctaw55323
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