Alabama’s state of emergency will end on July 6; COVID public health order disappears in 4 weeks

Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s state of emergency related to the COVID pandemic will end on July 6 and that his public health order for the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled to end on July 31. may.

The health order ends May 31 unless there is a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, the governor’s office said.

“We’ve learned a lot since last year, and this is absolutely now a managed pandemic,” Ivey said in a press release. “Our infection rates and hospitalizations are in better shape, and more than 1.5 million Alabamians have received at least one injection of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Alabamians have consistently picked up the slack during this pandemic, and I know they will continue to do so. I am happy that we have shown the rest of the country that we are brave and determined. We are loudly signaling that Alabama is open and moving forward.

The Safer Apart health order now consists primarily of recommendations aligned with CDC guidelines. Specific guidelines apply to two groups. Senior centers operate under guidelines issued by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Hospitals and nursing homes are under the direction of the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during visits. Those last remaining requirements should be lifted with the order expiring on May 31, barring a large spike in cases, Ivey’s office said.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “As we approach the fourteenth month of this pandemic, we are pleased that two-thirds of Alabama residents age 65 and older have been vaccinated. Although some barriers such as transportation remain, more than 1,300 providers across the state are administering a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in communities across the state.

“We very much appreciate Governor Ivey and our great working relationship with the Alabama National Guard. The state is truly fortunate to have these men and women to support us. Guard members have completed six weeks of vaccination clinics in 24 rural and underserved counties, and are now planning smaller mobile sites in each public health district to deliver the vaccine to hard-to-reach populations. I am excited about the progress that has been made. »

All Alabamians 16 and older have been eligible for vaccination since April 5. Ivey continues to encourage Alabamians to get vaccinated safely and effectively.

“Look, I’ve been vaccinated. I believe in science, I believe it works and I trust it. So, as I said, I have been fully vaccinated and I will live as if I have been fully vaccinated. Like when we ended the mask requirement, this latest extension gives all Alabama healthcare providers, businesses, and individuals ample time to prepare,” Ivey said.

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