Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s state of emergency in connection with the COVID pandemic expires on July 6, and her public health order from the COVID-19 pandemic is set to end on May 31.
The health order ends May 31, unless there is a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, the governor’s office said.
“We have learned a lot since last year and this is definitely a controlled pandemic now,”
“Alabamans have consistently gone up to the plate during this pandemic, and I know they will continue to do so. I’m glad we’ve shown the rest of the country that we’re cruel and determined. We signal loud and clear that Alabama is open and we are moving forward. ”
The Safer Apart Health Order now consists mostly of recommendations tailored to CDC guidance. Specific guidance applies to two groups. Senior centers operate under guidelines issued by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Hospitals and nursing homes are under the guidance of the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These last remaining claims must be lifted with the expiration of the order on May 31, preventing a major increase 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. While there are still some barriers, such as transportation, more than 1,300 providers in the state administer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in communities across the state. ”
“We are very grateful to Governor Ivey and our excellent cooperation with the Alabama National Guard. The state is really lucky to have these men and women to support us. Guard members have completed six weeks of vaccination clinics in 24 rural counties and are now under-planning and are now planning smaller mobile sites in each public health district to offer vaccines to populations that are difficult to reach. I am excited about the progress that has been made. ”
All Alabamians 16 and older have been eligible for vaccinations since April 5th. Ivey continues to urge Alabamians to get a safe and effective vaccine.
“Look, I’ve been vaccinated. I believe in science, believe it works and trust it. So as I said, I have been fully vaccinated and I want to live as if I have been fully vaccinated. Just like when we closed the mask requirement, this final expansion gives all Alabama healthcare providers, businesses, and individuals enough time to prepare, ”Ivey said.