COVID-19 Information

(City facility updates are posted below day-to-day info. Last page update at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020.)

To find the latest information on COVID-19 from the Alabama Department of Public Health, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19

Septemer 30, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending it to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020:

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her eighteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

WHAT’S NEW

HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES

Subject to restrictions, patients and residents will be allowed visits from one caregiver or one visitor at a time

WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME

MASKS IN SCHOOLS

Masks required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above 

MASKS

Masks required in public when interacting within 6 feet with people of another household, subject to certain exceptions

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES - SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

Allowed subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

SUMMER CAMP

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

INDIVIDUALS

Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices

EMPLOYERS

Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines

RETAIL STORES

May open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules

MEDICAL PROCEDURES

Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS

Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery

NON-WORK GATHERINGS

Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES

May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines

ATHLETIC FACILITIES  - SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS

Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS

Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

BEACHES

Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.

August 31, 2020: BALDWIN TOGETHER - Cooperative Partnerships Working Together Supporting Baldwin County Residents Impacted by COVID-19

BALDWIN TOGETHER is a coordinated countywide framework to assist and support the residents of Baldwin County in recovery from the economic, sociological, and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.   

Families and individuals impacted by COVID-19 and struggling to recover can seek help by calling Baldwin Together at 251-424-1506 or emailing BaldwinTogether@gmail.com.  Case Managers will connect them with available resources from an office at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort starting on September 1st.

August 27, 2020:  Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to October 2, 2020

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her seventeenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Amended Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

Seventeenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation

Resources for Businesses

August 9, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: reminders and expectations

August 6, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Virtual School enrollment at 7,000 students

July 29, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order, including mask mandate, to August 31st 

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

July 27, 2020: ABC Board Approves Operational Changes for Liquor License Holders - on-premises alcohol sales end at 11 p.m.

July 27, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health: CDC isolation guidelines change for adults with COVID-19

Most adults who have had mild to moderate COVID-19 illness can now leave isolation after completing 10 days in home isolation and persons do not need to be retested before returning to work, according to newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

This change in recommendations about the duration of isolation was made because the latest scientific data show most people are no longer infectious 10 days after symptoms begin. Equivalent data for infants and children is not currently available. In the absence of specific data, the same guidelines apply to the pediatric age group.

As the medical community better understands how people are infected and transmit the virus, another significant change is that retesting is no longer recommended in order for most patients to discontinue isolation.

There have been nationwide delays in obtaining results for diagnostic testing. Dr. Karen Landers, medical officer for the Northern and Northeastern Public Health Districts, emphasized the importance of patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to isolate at home after being tested for the virus. She cautioned, “While waiting for their test results, these persons are likely to be contagious and need to receive instructions from a doctor or the Alabama Department of Public Health before returning to work and leaving their residence.”

Additional revised CDC guidelines include the following:

  • If COVID-19 patients have had a fever, the recommended number of hours that have passed since their last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications is reduced from 72 to 24 hours to discontinue isolation.
  • Asymptomatic persons can discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARDS-CoV-2 RNA.
  • For persons who were diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 and remained asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date symptoms began for the initial COVID-19 infection.
  • For persons who never developed symptoms, the date of the first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA should be used in place of the date of symptom onset to determine length of isolation.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit alabamapublicheath.gov.

July 23, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Start date remains August 12th with many precautions in place

July 21, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health updates Mask Requirement FAQs

The "Safer at Home" Mask Requirement FAQs has been updated to include information on schools (see question 7):

7. Does this requirement apply to schools?

The new mask or facial covering requirement, which expires on July 31, applies in the school setting. The requirement, however, is limited to people interacting with others within six feet of “an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered.” Although some areas of school property may be open to the public, others may not. Additionally, the mask and/or facial-covering requirement contains various exceptions, including ones for people who are six years of age or younger and for people with a medical condition or disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering.

July 20, 2020: Baldwin County Health Department - Drive-in COVID-19 testing offered Monday through Friday in Robertsdale

July 16, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: temperature checks, masks required, sanitation and transportation

July 15, 2020:  Governor Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to July 31 with no major changes

Beach info: 

With Alabama's beaches open, it is critical that everyone follow CDC social-distancing guidelines, which will be enforced.

  • All beachgoers must maintain a 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks while in businesses and restaurants - if not already required, and the need for personal responsibility is paramount. Having our beaches open is a privilege and each of us has a responsibility to do our part.  

City of Orange Beach Personal Responsibility flier concerning Covid-19

Following the CDC guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our beaches open. For more information about COVID-19, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19. ‬ 

For up-to-date information about restaurants, businesses and tourism-related issues, visit www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus

June 26, 2020: "Roadmap to Reopening Alabama Schools" announced by State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey

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Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health press releases and information: 

To see emergency orders issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health, go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html.

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CITY UPDATES

The City of Orange Beach continues to proactively monitor updates from local, state and federal agencies and health officials about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the U.S. This is a dynamic and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for updates.  

The Alabama Department of Public Health is the lead agency in sharing COVID-19 information, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find information directly at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and a hotline - 1-888-264-2256 - has been established for questions related to symptoms and where to get tested in Alabama. For questions at the county level, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency has set up a hotline at 251-943-5061 and posts regular updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BaldwinCountyEMA

  • PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE FROM ORANGE BEACH POLICE: When requesting emergency services, we are always here to serve and protect paradise, but if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know. Sharing this information with emergency dispatchers will allow our first responders to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. 

CITY OFFICES

  • Most city offices, including City Hall and Community Development, are open with proper health precautions in place. The public is encouraged to handle as much business as possible via phone or online. City Hall can be reached at 251-981-6979 and Community Development at 251-981-2610. Following is a list of city-managed facilities and their status:
  • ORANGE BEACH SENIOR CENTER: The Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed until further notice. 
  • COASTAL ARTS CENTER: The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is open and practicing safe-distancing policies. No individual glass or clay classes are available at this time but the gift shop and gallery resumed normal hours of Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For any questions, call the Coastal Arts Center at 251-981-2787.​
  • FINANCE DEPARTMENT: The Al Bradley Financial Center’s lobby is closed to the public but the drive-through is open. For your safety and in an effort to minimize personal contact with the public, the city is asking all customers to please use the drive-through at the back of the building until further notice. You may also call the following numbers for additional assistance: Business Licenses/Taxes at 251-980-2159 or 251-981-6781; Sewer/Garbage at 251-981-6096.
  • MUNICIPAL COURT: Orange Beach Municipal Court resumed in-person trials and hearings on May 18th. Only individuals with cases set on pre-scheduled dates and times will be admitted in the Orange Beach Municipal Courtroom. All individuals entering the courtroom will be screened and assessed for any potential health concerns (symptomatic, exposure, etc.).
    • If you have a case and wish to have a trial, you must contact the Court to schedule a date and time.
    • Court offices remain open with a policy of one person allowed at time if you would like to settle your case without having to appear.
    • Call the court for further information at 251-981-2444.    
  • RECREATION CENTER: The 24-hour access to the Fitness Center remains accessible with a current membership. The center is not doing day passes, guest passes or non-resident memberships at this time.  For more information, visit the Recreation Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachRecreationCenter
  • AQUATICS CENTER: The Aquatics Center reopened with restrictions in place. Only current members are allowed to use the facility until further notice. 
  • GOLF CENTER: The Golf Center is open and is following protocols established by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • MUSEUM: The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum has reopened with normal hours - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • KIDS PARK:  The City of Orange Beach’s Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park is open with limited equipment available such as the shaded pirate ship, and swings.  
  • While most city-managed facilities have reopened, it is at an individual’s discretion to visit, based on recommendations from health officials. Keep in mind the following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ADPH:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Practice social-distancing strategies such as staying 6 feet apart from other individuals.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid large gatherings (outside of close family), and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.​

LIBRARY

  • The Orange Beach Public Library is open with normal business hours and with proper social-distancing protocols in place. To those with concerns, curbside pick-up is available. Call 251-981-2923 for assistance. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is currently not offering in-house programming. Check the library's website at www.orangebeachlibrary.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachPublicLibrary for more information on it virtual programming and services. One-on-one tech help and test proctoring is available by appointment only. Call Mr. Jason, our reference librarian, at 251-981-8179 to schedule.

STATEWIDE COVID STATISTICS

(Latest update) As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 29th, out of 1,119,712 people tested there were 17,091 hospitalizations, and 136,549 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - 5,606 in Baldwin County. As of the latest update, 2,517 deaths were reported in Alabama and confirmed to be Coronavirus cases:

  • 50 in Baldwin County  
  • 351 in Jefferson County
  • 293 in Mobile County
  • 185 in Montgomery County
  • 118 in Tuscaloosa County
  • 85 in Tallapoosa County
  • 85 in Walker County
  • 79 in Madison County
  • 61 in Lee County
  • 49 in Shelby County
  • 48 in Elmore County
  • 45 in Etowah County
  • 44 in Dale County
  • 44 in Calhoun County
  • 43 in Marshall County
  • 42 in Chambers County
  • 40 in Butler County
  • 36 in St. Clair County
  • 33 in Lauderdale County
  • 32 in Crenshaw County
  • 30 in Franklin County
  • 30 in Talladega County
  • 30 in Chilton County
  • 29 in Marion County
  • 28 in Hale County
  • 28 in Morgan County
  • 27 in Lowndes County
  • 27 in Autauga County
  • 27 in Covington County
  • 26 in Dallas County
  • 26 in Colbert County
  • 25 in Lawrence County
  • 24 in Escambia County
  • 21 in DeKalb County
  • 21 in Houston County
  • 20 in Marengo County
  • 20 in Limestone County
  • 20 in Cullman County
  • 19 in Sumter County
  • 18 in Macon County
  • 16 in Clarke County
  • 15 in Greene County
  • 15 in Blount County 
  • 14 in Bullock County
  • 14 in Pickens County
  • 13 in Winston County
  • 13 in Randolph County
  • 13 in Cherokee County
  • 12 in Washington County
  • 12 in Choctaw County
  • 12 in Jackson County
  • 11 in Conecuh County
  • 11 in Wilcox County
  • 11 in Pike County
  • 10 in Bibb County
  • Nine in Fayette County
  • Eight in Clay County
  • Eight in Monroe County
  • Seven in Barbour County
  • Six in Coffee County
  • Six in Perry County
  • Five in Cleburne County
  • Five in Henry County
  • Four Geneva County
  • Three in Coosa County
  • Three in Russell County
  • Two in Lamar County
  • For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website
  • On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and authorized Mayor Tony Kennon to take all actions necessary and allowed by Alabama law to protect public health and safety. The declaration will help the city in its response to COVID-19 and the possible future reimbursement of expenses related to the continued protection of the public.  Additionally, the council passed an ordinance to ensure proper enforcement of the state emergency order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 19. 

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

City ready to help individuals most at risk during COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Tony Kennon and the City of Orange Beach stand ready to assist residents who are most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. 

The city is organizing police, fire, logistics, and other city staff and volunteers to help senior adults who are homebound, immunocompromised, or are limited due to chronic health problems, such as COPD and cardiovascular disease. 

City staff and volunteers will be able to run errands, get groceries and any other necessities. We can help coordinate and address medical needs through local physicians. The city has spoken to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and will be in touch with individual pharmacies as we look to pick up medications for senior adults as well. 

The city will be working with restaurants and other vendors to provide meals and other services, where possible.

“We are looking at meeting any and all needs during this time,” Mayor Kennon said. “We want to help in any way we can, just please call us.”

The mayor’s office maintains a list of high-risk individuals who city staff and first-responders check on and can assist, as needed. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to Mayor Kennon’s office at 251-981-6810 or email hbryant@orangebeachal.gov

“We know that this virus is serious and this is a very scary time, as the unknown always presents the scariest of all scenarios,” Mayor Kennon said. “While there is still much data to be gathered about Coronavirus, we know for a fact that those over 65 and individuals with compromised health are most at risk. We are here to help protect you.”

  • The Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores provides food and emergency aid to low-income families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. The center is located at 317 Dolphin Ave. in Gulf Shores. The phone number is 251-968-5256. If you need help or know someone who does, please call for more information. Due to the Coronavirus, the center is providing assistance by telephone only and can have a care package prepared before clients arrive. The center is also in need of volunteers. Call for more information. 
  • Christian Life - The Island Church is also providing assistance to those in need. For more information visit, theislandchurch.tv and click on “I Have a Need”.
  • Meals on Wheels: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.

SCHOOLS

GULF STATE PARK AND OTHER VISITOR INFORMATION

  • Thursday, July 16 Pier Renovation Project Update: Everything, from new hand railing and decking to the handicap-accessible observation deck, has been coming along nicely. Pier upgrades will include a new fish cleaning station, turtle-friendly lighting, refurbishing the restrooms, bait shop and concession area and much more! We have experienced supply chain challenges due to COVID-19, minor storm damage from Tropical Storm Christobal, and addressed deteriorating conditions of the plumbing, electric and water lines. We know how important our pier is to our visitors and our community and have chosen to make the necessary upgrades now, rather than close the pier down again in the future to address these issues. As a result, these setbacks, along with additional upgrades, will push the pier re-opening back to mid-to-late August (weather permitting). We will continue to share progress updates on social media outlets, and we look forward to the special re-opening ceremony! 
  • Gulf State Park Pier Update, April 14, 2020: Gulf State Park Pier will close for renovation, maintenance work - May 11 through mid-July
  • GULF STATE PARK UPDATE, APRIL 9, 2020: Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19 Update #2
  • GULF STATE PARK UPDATE, MARCH 30, 2020: Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19 Update #1
  • Events may be postponed or cancelled by the organizers at their discretion. Please contact the event organization to determine the status of a specific event.
  • Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism is maintaining an informational page for visitors at www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus

The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and the CDC provides detailed information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.   

TESTING FOR COVID-19

  • Any individuals who have questions about being tested for COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider to make arrangements for testing. It is important to call your healthcare provider's office before going in to let them know you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed to COVID-19.
  • For individuals who do not have a healthcare provider to call, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has opened a call center for people with questions about being tested for COVID-19. The toll-free number is 1-888-264-2256
  • If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call 251-341-2819 for testing information and locations in Baldwin County.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IN ORANGE BEACH

SOUTHERN RAPID CARE

Southern Rapid Care knows there is a growing concern as the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve.  They are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., offering in-house telemedicine services, and online appointments. Southern Rapid Care is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the community. 

Rest assured, they are taking necessary precautions and additional safety measures to decrease COVID-19 risk, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. If you are concerned you have, or have been exposed to Coronavirus, call 1-888-264-2256. If you have a medical emergency please call 911, and notify the dispatcher you suspect you have Coronavirus. 

Southern Rapid Care is encouraging everyone to use telemedicine when possible. Its Telemedicine Line is 1-251-284-4469 to schedule an appointment. They are able to speak to you and see you by video from your own home to ensure ongoing care that is as safe as possible. They will also be able to determine quickly whether you need to come into the clinic or if treatment can be provided remotely.  

They encourage you to stay hydrated, rest, and seek medical attention when needed. The clinic is located at 25910 Canal Road, Suite D in Orange Beach. 

AMERICAN FAMILY CARE

American Family Care Orange Beach is maintaining its usual hours and services and offering a telehealth program. They are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. 

Due to the safety requirements for COVID-19, they have put several changes in place. The company has put in place a telehealth program to screen those who need testing. You can call 888-881-1048 to talk to a provider. Those who meet the criteria for testing will be directed through a process to be seen at American Family Care and tested. You can also go online to afcurgentcare.com/telecare for screening.

For other illnesses or injuries, come to the clinic at 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. or call 251-974-3004. They have procedures in place to evaluate you and treat the usual wide range of issues that we can treat without putting you at risk for infection.

DR. RYAN FORBESS - SOUTH BALDWIN MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic in Orange Beach, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, remains open and is also offering telehealth calls in some circumstances. He wants to reassure the community that the clinic is here for all of their medical needs while still making their safety his highest priority. He is accepting new patients. 

Dr. Forbess’ clinic is at 4223 Orange Beach Blvd., Suite A. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 251-981-2184.

PHARMACIES IN ORANGE BEACH (All hours subject to change)
  • CVS Pharmacy - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  251-974-1590
  • Publix Pharmacy at The Shoppes at Palm Pointe -  Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-980-1445 (Closed for lunch 2-2:30 p.m.)
  • Walmart Pharmacy - Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-974-1824 (Closed for lunch 1:30-2 p.m.)  
  • Walgreens - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-981-7019 

BUSINESSES

WHAT IS COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu – fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It is NOT the same as other coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans, such as the common cold.

  • Per the Alabama Department of Public Health, in most cases, people do not need to be hospitalized. Just as with the flu, the virus appears to be most dangerous to people who are older than 65 or those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems.

  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission (such as droplets expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze and don’t cover your mouth). How easily the virus is transmitted between persons remains unclear.

  • The CDC estimates that symptoms of COVID-19 occur within 2-14 days after exposure.

  • The CDC has developed a test to determine if someone has COVID-19, however there is no vaccine to protect against it nor a specific antiviral treatment for it.

  • Keep in mind several types of common respiratory viruses are currently circulating in the United States including common coronavirus types, common colds and the flu. So not all people with the symptoms will have COVID-19; they may have the flu.

Remember this is a fluid and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for local updates and the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC for critical updates. Thank you.

Additional Resources: 

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Fraud Alerts - https://www.oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus/fraud-alert-covid19.asp

Baldwin County Public Schools: https://www.bcbe.org/  

Baldwin County EMA: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA

Coastal Alabama Business Chamber: https://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com/