COVID-19 Information

(City updates are posted below state and federal information. Last page update at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020.)

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS: Coronavirus-related resources from the U.S. Small Business Association, including the Paycheck Protection Program and economic injury disaster loans, are available at www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.

April 1, 2020: Governor Ivey urges Alabama Small Business Owners to prepare now by applying for Federal Financial Relief

The U.S. Treasury Department’s website provides specific information regarding the resources being made available related to Coronavirus relief, including initial guidance.

Under the section entitled Assistance for Small Businesses, there are four links entitled:

April 1, 2020: WEBINAR at 4 p.m. April 1st covering SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Paycheck Protection (PPP) Loans 

April 1, 2020: City of Orange Beach Spring Sports Update 

  • Due to COVID-19, the 2020 baseball, softball and sand volleyball seasons have been canceled. In addition to offering full refunds for all registrants, the city is giving everyone the opportunity to pick up their jerseys at a designated time. The sportsplex staff will provide a "drive-thru pickup" at the ticket pavilion as you pull into the sportsplex on the following dates and times. Please remain in your cars as your approach the pavilion, and a staff member will come to your window. Thank you for patience during this time and we hope everyone will play next season!
    • Monday, April 6th - T-ball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 6th - 8U Baseball at 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 7th - 10U Baseball and 10U Softball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 7th - 12U Baseball and 8U Softball at 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8th - 12U Sand Volleyball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8th - 16U Sand Volleyball at 6 p.m.

March 31, 2020: Orange Beach Public Library: Orange Beach library offering free HOOPLA virtual library access to its patrons during COVID-19 closure

March 30, 2020: Gulf State Park Press Release: Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19

INFORMATION ON $2.2 TRILLION CARES ACT, APPROVED BY CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27

The White House on Friday, March 27, 2020: President Donald J. Trump Is Providing Economic Relief to American Workers, Families, and Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus

Monday, March 30: President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration

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/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html 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

  • (Latest update) As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1st, out of 7,774 people tested there were 1,084 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - 20 of which were confirmed in Baldwin County - two by Infirmary Health. On March 14th, North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette had a positive case, and on March 20th, Thomas Hospital in Fairhope had one. For other confirmed cases, no location announcements were made by any area hospitals. On Friday, March 27th, a daycare facility in Orange Beach reported that a young child had tested positive. As of the latest update, 28 deaths were reported in Alabama and of which 17 were confirmed Coronavirus cases:
    • One in Madison County
    • One in Lauderdale County
    • One from Jackson County
    • Four in Chambers County
    • Two in Mobile County
    • One in Tallapoosa County
    • One in Montgomery County
    • Two in Shelby County
    • Two in Lee County
    • One in Washington County
    • One in Jefferson County.
    • For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website. While not reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health yet, on Saturday, March 28th the Baldwin County EMA confirmed the first coronavirus death in Baldwin County. It was a previously reported positive case at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope. 
  • (Latest update) CITY OF ORANGE BEACH SPRING SPORTS UPDATE - Due to COVID-19, the 2020 baseball, softball and sand volleyball seasons have been canceled. In addition to offering full refunds for all registrants, the city is giving everyone the opportunity to pick up their jerseys at a designated time. The sportsplex staff will provide a "drive-thru pickup" at the ticket pavilion as you pull into the sportsplex on the following dates and times. Please remain in your cars as your approach the pavilion, and a staff member will come to your window. Thank you for patience during this time and we hope everyone will play next season!
    • Monday, April 6th - T-ball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 6th - 8U Baseball at 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 7th - 10U Baseball and 10U Softball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 7th - 12U Baseball and 8U Softball at 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8th - 12U Sand Volleyball at 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 8th - 16U Sand Volleyball at 6 p.m.
  • ORANGE BEACH PLANNING COMMISSION: Due to the Alabama Public Health Advisory regarding Coronavirus and concerns about the well being of Planning Commission members and the public, the upcoming Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 13th has been canceled. The two site plan petitions that were to be considered on April 13th will automatically be deferred to the May 11th meeting.  
  • (Latest update) RECYCLING SERVICES UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the city's recycling services will be changing temporary due to our recycling provider’s facility closing on April 1, until further notice. Please note this will NOT affect the current roadside recycling pickup schedule, but all materials will be directed to the local landfill. During this time, residents are encouraged to continue sorting materials and utilizing the correct receptacles to allow for a quick return to this environmentally important service.
  • 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. 
  • On Friday, March 27, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health announced an amended State Health order that all beaches will be closed until April 17th. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
    • All public beach access points are marked with signage, boardwalks are blocked, entrances are barricaded from parking and the south side of the beach highway east of Perdido Pass, between the bridge and Ono Island, is barricaded. Double Red Flags will fly through April 17, the end of the order’s closure timeframe. 
  • Additionally, Gov. Ivey and the ADPH ordered the following through April 17th: Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Governor Ivey continues to encourage patrons to visit their local eateries for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols include maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
  • The amended State Public Health Order also states all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Employers shall take all reasonable steps to meet these standards for employees and customers. 
  • 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. 
  • Message from Baldwin EMC: "We know COVID-19 is affecting us all in unexpected ways. As a result of this emergency situation, we are waiving late fees. If you are having difficulties paying your bill, please call us at 251-989-6247 to talk with a member service representative."

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/.

CITY OFFICES

  • Some city offices, including City Hall and Community Development, will remain open with proper 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 is closed until further notice. 
  • COASTAL ARTS CENTER: The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is closed to the general public until further notice. Staff will continue to work but the entire arts campus, including the Hot Shop and Clay Studio, will be closed to the general public. 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: The Municipal Court will remain operating but will not hold open court until further notice.  If you have a case set between March 24, 2020 to April 2, 2020, please call the court for further information at 251-981-2444.
  • RECREATION CENTER: The Rec Center will be closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28th until April 17th, per the emergency state health orders. The Expect Excellence childcare will continue, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. By mandate of Gov. Ivey, childcare will be for children of essential service workers only.
  • AQUATICS CENTER: The Aquatics Center will be closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28th until April 17th, per the emergency state health orders. 
  • GOLF CENTER: The Golf Center remains open and is following protocols established by the Alabama Department of Public Health. 
  • ORANGE BEACH INDIAN & SEA MUSEUM: The museum will be closed until further notice. 
  • Kids Park playground and the play area at Orange Beach Sportsplex: Closed until April 17th, per the emergency state health order. 
  • While some of the city-managed facilities remain open at this time, 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 gatherings (outside of close family) of 10 or more persons, and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.​

SCHOOLS

  • SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR REST OF YEAR: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Thursday, March 26th that all state public schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Students will receive instruction from home the rest of the year that could last up to June 5th. Baldwin County Public Schools, which includes Orange Beach schools, are scheduled to begin distance learning on Monday, April 13th. 

LIBRARY

  • The Orange Beach Public Library is closed and will remain closed until further notice. The library’s Wi-Fi will still be available in the parking lot and on the patio area of the library. The book return drop will remain open, or materials may be kept until the library reopens. (No late fees will be charged and all due dates have been extended until April 20.)

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html 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

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

  • SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES DURING THIS TIME: List of restaurants offering take-out options compiled by chambers and tourism bureau
  • ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS: Coronavirus-related resources from the U.S. Small Business Association, including the Paycheck Protection Program and economic injury disaster loans, are available at www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.

  • March 31, 2020: U.S. Treasury Department: Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Fact Shee

  • A valuable resource is the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network. Find information at http://asbdc.org/

  • On Monday, March 16 the Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced that Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Read the full press release. Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Labor is modifying existing unemployment compensation rules to allow workers to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits who are affected in any of the following way: 

    • Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, 
    • Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns, 
    • Those who are diagnosed with COVID-19, 
    • Or, those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • For more COVID-19 resources from the Alabamd Department of Labor, visit www.labor.alabama.gov/covid19resources.aspx.
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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.

TOWN HALL MEETING

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council held a mostly virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The town hall meeting had been previously planned to cover updates to the city's after-school programs, Expect Excellence and Camp Sunshine; however, with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S., and now Alabama, it was decided to shift the meeting to cover pressing topics related to issues facing Orange Beach. Since the coronavirus situation is changing daily, topics discussed in the meeting will become outdated as new information comes to light.

Links:

Town Hall presentation

Video of Town Hall

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/