(Page updated on January 6, 2022.)
To find the latest information on COVID-19 from the Alabama Department of Public Health, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.
ADPH provides an online portal for individuals to check their eligibility for vaccination and make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments. The portal can be accessed at https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/.
Other ADPH Vaccine resources:
Eligible Alabamians can receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program at select CVS, Sam's Club, and Walmart locations across the state.
If you or someone you know needs assistance with filling out your information on our notification form or with using the website to schedule an appointment, please call the ADPH Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-566-5333.
January 6, 2022: Baldwin County Health Department moves testing to Central Annex
Starting Monday, 01/10/2022, COVID19 testing will be moved from the Baldwin County Health Department to the Baldwin County Central Annex at 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, AL 36567. Testing will be offered on a drive through basis in the back parking lot from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For additional COVID19 related information and resources, please visit https://baldwincountyal.gov/covid-19-resource-hub.
December 27, 2021: CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.
Data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35%. A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
Find the latest updates from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/media/archives.html.
December 23, 2021: First antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 authorized, a limited supply expected in Alabama within two weeks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer for its oral antiviral drug Paxlovid to treat COVID-19. Data indicates that it is 88 percent effective in reducing the proportion of people with COVID-19-related hospitalization or death. Paxlovid is in tablet form and the initial limited supply of 780 patient courses will be available by prescription only by the first week of January. Alabama will initially use pharmacies to dispense the oral antiviral drug, and will add other providers as allocation allows.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “As new variants continue to emerge, we are excited that the oral tablet Paxlovid will soon be available to help combat COVID-19 in non-hospitalized patients. While we are very pleased Paxlovid will be a treatment option, it is not a substitute for vaccinations which remain the best way for most people to protect themselves against severe illness and death due to COVID-19. I continue to urge all Alabamians to be vaccinated and receive a booster dose when eligible.”
Paxlovid is authorized for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. Paxlovid should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of the onset of symptoms. Patients who are prescribed this treatment must have a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, be at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19, and be age 12 years or older and weigh at least about 88 pounds. It is administered as three tablets taken together twice daily for five days. Paxlovid is not authorized for use for longer than five consecutive days.
The supply of Paxlovid will be limited initially. According to the FDA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, will oversee its fair and equitable allocation to state and territorial health departments and select Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) - funded health clinics. The federal government has purchased 10 million courses of Paxlovid, the FDA stated. Production will ramp up significantly in the coming months, and an initial 65,000 courses of Paxlovid will be made available for shipment. The first allocations of Paxlovid were determined on a pro rata basis and will be provided to state and territorial health departments at no charge.
Previously authorized monoclonal antibodies require administration with an IV or injections. Paxlovid’s safety and effectiveness continue to be evaluated, and some side effects and contraindications have been documented.
December 23, 2021: Pause issued for two monoclonal antibody treatments/combinations for COVID-19; only one product likely to be effective against the Omicron variant
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a pause in allocations of two currently available monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 as they are unlikely to be effective in diffusing the Omicron variant.
Only one option, sotrovimab, appears to be effective against this variant, but its supply is limited. Nationwide shipments have begun, and an additional 300,000 doses of sotrovimab will be available for distribution in January. Sotrovimab is approved for intravenous treatment only.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated Health Care Provider Fact Sheets for the monoclonal antibodies bamlanivimab and etesevimab administered together, REGEN-COV, and sotrovimab with specific information regarding expected activity against the Omicron variant. These data show that it is unlikely that bamlanivimab and etesevimab administered together or REGEN-COV will retain activity against this variant. Based on similar cell culture data currently available, sotrovimab appears to retain activity against the Omicron variant.
HHS does not prohibit the use of these products whose distribution has been paused, but advises prescribers to evaluate the extent to which the Omicron variant is present in their community and the clinical presentation of the patient.
December 22, 2021: COVID Tests and Vaccinations available at Baldwin County Health Department
COVID Tests and Vaccinations are given Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Baldwin County Health Department located at 23280 Gilbert Drive in Robertsdale. No appointment needed.
For more information, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/baldwin.
December 20 2021: ADPH - For a happy and healthy 2022, take COVID-19 precautions during the holidays
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) continues to urge all eligible Alabamians to be vaccinated for COVID-19, preferably with the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, follow mitigation measures, stay home if they are sick, and get tested if they are ill or have a known exposure to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has endorsed updated recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19. ACIP recommended a warning about the increased risk of very rare but severe blood clots after administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to the primary vaccine series, ADPH encourages everyone to get vaccinated and receive booster doses when eligible. Vaccinated individuals are advised to get a booster shot as soon as they are eligible—6 months after the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2 months after one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Vaccine is widely available in locations throughout the state. The ACIP reaffirmed that receiving any vaccine is better than being unvaccinated. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Being consistent in maintaining good COVID-19 prevention habits in addition to vaccination remains important. Ways to protect yourself include wearing a well-fitting mask in indoor public places, isolating yourself or family members when sick, seeking medical attention if concerned about being infected, washing hands frequently, and ensuring good ventilation.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “During this joyous holiday season, keep the health and safety of all Alabamians, especially people of advanced age, those with underlying risk factors, and young children in your family and community in mind by following COVID-19 prevention measures. Regrettably, the 2020 holiday season ended with a surge of COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.”
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested with a nasal test. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, wait at least 3 to 4 days after exposure before getting tested. ADPH recommends testing as a PCR (nasal swab) test only. Blood tests for antibodies are not currently recommended for determining illness status.
After persons are tested for COVID-19, they should go home to self-isolate and remain there until their results are reported to them by their healthcare provider. They are not to go anywhere other than home. If a person is being tested for COVID-19 and hospitalized, he or she will be in isolation prescribed by the facility's Infection Control Office. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and ADPH.
Whether an individual is a case or close contact, they should complete isolation/quarantine instructions before going back to work. In addition, they must be completely fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
The ADPH COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard and COVID-19 Table provide a list of testing sites. These facilities have reported that they are collecting specimens for COVID-19. The list and dashboard map may not reflect all collection sites in Alabama. It is recommended that you call the testing site for additional information before visiting.
Go to alabamapublichealth.gov for more information.
November 22, 2021: Eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots expanded to include for those 18 and older
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's COVID-19 boosters for all fully vaccinated U.S. adults, ages 18 and up. This follows emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all fully vaccinated American adults.
Adults initially vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a booster dose two months after their first shot. Adults who received Pfizer and Moderna’s booster shots are eligible for boosters at least six months after the completion of the initial two-dose vaccination series.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) follows ACIP and CDC guidance regarding vaccination recommendation updates. Children ages 5 through 11 are eligible for vaccination, under Emergency Use Authorization, with Pfizer vaccine, the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for children. The pediatric dose for Pfizer is a smaller dose given as a two-dose series, three weeks apart. Children, ages 12 and above can be vaccinated under EUA with the Pfizer product as well at the standard adult dose. Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval for individuals ages 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are EUA authorized for individuals ages 18 and older.
Most hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 in Alabama are among unvaccinated people. The best way to protect everyone is to be vaccinated, including people who have been infected with COVID-19 before.
For individuals 5 through 17 years of age, please check vaccines.gov or contact the provider to see if the Pfizer vaccine is offered before scheduling your appointment. All county health departments offer COVID-19 vaccine, but some locations do not have all three brands of vaccine available. All county health departments will offer the age-eligible vaccine products for free to ages 5 and older. Contact your county health department for availability.
October 25, 2021: Governor Ivey Issues Executive Order to Fight Overreaching Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday [October 25, 2021] signed Executive Order 724 to fight the overreaching covid-19 vaccine mandates from the federal government. In doing so, Governor Ivey released the following statement:
“The federal government’s outrageous overreach has simply given us no other option, but to begin taking action, which is why I am issuing this executive order to fight these egregious covid-19 vaccine mandates. Alabamians – and Americans alike – should and must have the choice to roll up their sleeves to get this shot and certainly not forced by government. While President Biden laughs at the idea of protecting your freedoms, I will continue fighting for Alabama businesses and their employees.
“If the federal government presses on with these new federal mandates, then the Biden White House has once again failed the American people. As I have stated, no doubt, this will be challenged in federal courts. I am already working in concert with Attorney General Steve Marshall, because Alabama is standing firm in this fight. This latest move by the federal government is what I believe is an illegal overreach, and I am confident we will win the battle in the courts.
“I am adamantly opposed to federal mandates related to the covid-19 vaccine and adamantly opposed to state mandates related to the covid-19 vaccine, plain and simple. As long as I am your governor, the state of Alabama will not force anyone to take a covid-19 vaccine. Through today’s order, the state of Alabama is making our position on this issue crystal clear. A state law in response to President Biden is not enough. The courts are where this will be resolved. Today is one step in this fight, but certainly not the last.
“Alabamians are overwhelmingly opposed to these outrageous, Biden mandates, and I stand firmly with them.”
October 8, 2021: Termination of State of Emergency: COVID-19 - state public health emergency declaration will end on October 31, 2021 - Office of Alabama Govenor Kay Ivey
September 27, 2021: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters authorized for more eligible persons
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday [September 24, 2021] that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose is now authorized for many people who previously received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and are at least six months past completion of the primary series. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices did not review data on the mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine products or on Moderna or Johnson & Johnson boosters, thus the interim guidance from the CDC only applies to individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine as their primary series.
People recommended to receive booster doses are the following:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older should receive a booster shot
- Residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot
- People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot
The CDC lists underlying and high-risk medical conditions which place adults at increased risk from COVID-19 as follows: Cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic lung diseases, including COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension; dementia or other neurological conditions; diabetes; Down syndrome; heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease), cardiomyopathies or hypertension; HIV infection; immunocompromised state (weakened immune system); liver disease; overweight and obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease or thalassemia; smoking, current or former; solid organ or blood stem cell transplant; stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain; and substance use disorders.
Other groups of people who may receive booster doses are the following:
- People aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks
- Individuals 18 through 64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting mayreceive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.
People who are eligible for boosters because of their higher risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their workplaces or congregate settings may include health care workers, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons based on their actual risk, for example, if they are around the public.
People seeking booster doses need to determine locations where Pfizer vaccine is available. County health departments predominantly provide Moderna vaccine at their clinics.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you, text your zip code to 438829 or visit https://www.vaccines.gov/.
September 17: Pregnant women and other eligible Alabamians ages 12 and older are urged to be vaccinated for COVID-19
As dozens of pregnant women and pediatric patients with COVID-19 in Alabama are hospitalized each day, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) urges all pregnant women and all eligible adolescents ages 12 through 17 to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition to hospitalization, pregnant women and children are being treated in intensive care units and placed on mechanical ventilation.
“We want all eligible people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “We are especially concerned about the recent hospitalizations of pregnant women and children in our state. It is important for everyone to know that safe, highly effective and free vaccines are available statewide to protect against potential harm from COVID infection.”
In the past seven days, an average of 23 pregnant women and 46 pediatric patients in Alabama were hospitalized each day, three pregnant women and 17 children were treated in ICUs, and an average of 8 pediatric patients were on ventilators daily.
Dr. Grace Thomas, Medical Officer for Family Health Services, ADPH, said, “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. This guidance includes women planning to become pregnant, who have become or have been pregnant recently, and who are breastfeeding.”
Evidence from tens of thousands of reporting individuals over the past several months has demonstrated the safe use of the COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy. Data review has indicated that COVID-19 infection puts pregnant women at increased risk of severe complications including death. Seven pregnant women have died from COVID-19 in Alabama; three deaths in 2020 and four deaths in 2021. Given the risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy, women who test positive for the virus should immediately speak to their physician about the use of monoclonal antibody treatment to reduce the severity of disease and hospitalization.
In addition, unvaccinated children are at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 to others, yet less than one-third of adolescents in the state are vaccinated. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children 12 years and older and fully approved for ages 16 and older. Vaccination can help keep people of all ages from getting seriously ill, even if they do get COVID-19.
Pediatrician and District Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers said 6 to 10 percent of children who have had COVID-19 will experience long-term side effects that can last from weeks to months and are of differing severity. Symptoms include inability to concentrate, chronic headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and heart palpitations.
“I am concerned about the long-term COVID-19 side effects that can be significant for children trying to learn,” Dr. Landers said. “Children don’t always let their parents know how they are feeling, so parents need to be alert to any changes in their children, especially if they know their child has had COVID.”
More information about COVID-19 is available at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.
August 23: As first COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved, get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible
August 20: COVID-19 surges in Alabama children, vaccination and other measures needed to prevent further spread
August 17: ADPH recommends additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for certain people with weakened immune systems
People with weakened immune systems are now eligible for an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine following a primary mRNA vaccine series to help prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19. Health officials are not recommending booster vaccine doses for the general public and have not addressed the need for additional doses following the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine but is continuing to review the need for booster doses in this population. A third dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is not a booster dose but is an additional dose for people in whom the initial response to the vaccine series was insufficient.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) follows the guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding all vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccine. ADPH has notified Alabama healthcare providers about these recommendations and will implement additional third-dose vaccines as outlined by these experts.
Moderately to severely immunocompromised people make up only about 3 percent of U.S. adults; however, they represent 40 to 44 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19. Vulnerable people who may benefit from an additional vaccine dose include those with medical conditions or who are receiving treatment associated with moderate to severe immune compromise with at least one of the following conditions:
- Active or recent treatment for cancer - solid tumor and blood malignancies
- Receipt of solid organ or recent hematopoietic stem cell transplants
- Severe primary immunodeficiency
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor-necrosis blockers, and other biologic agents that may suppress immune response
- Persons with chronic medical conditions such as asplenia and chronic renal disease which may be associated with varying degrees of immune deficiency
Persons seeking additional vaccine doses are advised to consult their healthcare provider who can provide them with a prescription for a 3rd mRNA dose of Pfizer or Moderna or alternatively can present to a COVID-19 vaccination site and self-attest that they fall in this eligible population. The additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.
The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received J&J's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.
Immunocompromised people, including those who receive an additional mRNA dose, should continue to follow prevention measures including the following:
- Wear a well-fitting mask
- Stay 6 feet apart from others outside their household
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider
In addition, close contacts of immunocompromised people are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ADPH continues to recommend all persons 12 years of age and above be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the best line of defense against this severe and deadly virus. Visit alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/index.html for more information.
To accommodate surging numbers of COVID-19 patients requiring treatment in hospitals, Gov. Kay Ivey finds that it would promote the safety and protection of the civilian population to adopt measures that expand the capacity of the healthcare workforce operating in such facilities. The proclamation outlines those measures.
August 12, 2021: ADPH launches complimentary COVID-19 testing for Baldwin County in Robertsdale
The Alabama Department of Public Health is partnering with Easy Testing to offer free COVID-19 testing at PZK Hall, 17933 Alabama Highway 104, Robertsdale. Testing is available August 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and beginning Monday, August 16 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The testing utilizes a Yale saliva PCR test with results returned in 24 - 48 hours.
Anyone needing to be tested can pre-register at EasyTesting.com, but pre-registration is not required. No insurance is necessary to be tested or to register.
“With the COVID-19 Delta variant on the rise and proving to be drastically more contagious, this offers our community a convenient and hassle-free way to get tested,” Chad Kent, Southwestern Public Health District administrator, said. “In addition, we need to remove extra pressure of administering testing from our overwhelmed hospitals and their staff.”
Easy Testing has been operating similar testing sites in multiple locations in Maricopa County, Ariz., since the beginning of the year.
August 4, 2021: Alabama hospitals urge patients only go to emergency rooms for true emergencies and not for COVID-19 testing
As cases of COVID-19 in Alabama increase rapidly, subsequent hospitalizations due to the virus have risen at a rate not previously seen. Alabama hospitals have been admitting significantly more COVID-19 patients recently, including patients who are younger, sicker and unvaccinated. As a result, emergency rooms are being overwhelmed at this crucial time.
Alabama hospitals urge people to only go to an emergency room for a true emergency and not for COVID-19 testing. Instead, those with less severe symptoms or minor injuries need to call their healthcare provider or go to an urgent care with minor needs. Reserve emergency room use for more serious medical problems, such as heart attacks and strokes.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) advises people who develop symptoms including the following to seek medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a mask or cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
The ADPH COVID-19 Table, https://dph1.adph.state.al.us/covid-19/, provides a list of COVID-19 testing sites. Please call the site for additional information before visiting.
For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.
July 29, 2021: Health Department to host COVID-19 Testing/Vaccination Clinics
The Baldwin County Health Department will host the following COVID-19 Testing/Vaccination Clinics in August:
- August 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- August 12, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- August 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- August 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Please call 251-947-1910 for more information.
July 28, 2021: CDC issues guidance as transmission of contagious Delta COVID-19 variant surges, prevention measures outlined
More than 900 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Alabama, the largest number since February, and too few Alabama residents are vaccinated. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “The slope of the increase is unprecedented. This upward trend is extremely concerning, especially with the Delta variant being highly infectious and much more transmissible than earlier strains. Getting vaccinated is the best action you can take to protect yourself and those around you.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an update on the pandemic and issued the following recommendations Tuesday:
1. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities.
Unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.
With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates.
2. Data show Delta is different than past versions of the virus: it is much more contagious.
Some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
Even so, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country.
Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
3. In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of Delta and protect others.
4. CDC recommends that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.
5. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
Free COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in Alabama in 1,408 locations. Visit the Alabama Public Health Vaccination Portal at https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/ to locate a clinic near you. For more information, go to alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/index.html.
July 6, 2021: Governor Kay Ivey's Office - Termination of State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
May 13, 2021: Governor Ivey Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to be Expanded in Alabama to Include Individuals Age 12 and Older, Effective Immediately
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced Alabama is expanding COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to include individuals age 12 and older, effective immediately. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices giving recommendations Wednesday and the CDC giving its final approval later yesterday.
“This is great and welcome news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be available for Alabamians 12 and up, offering another option for families in our state as we get back into full gear. We have seen good success so far with these safe and effective vaccines, and I encourage parents and children to consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions,” Governor Ivey said. “The vaccine is our ticket back to normal, and I continue to feel optimistic and hopeful in the positive direction we are moving in as a state.”
The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 12 and up, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both available to individuals 18 years of age and older.
With this expansion, there will be more than 4 million eligible individuals in the state of Alabama. Currently, the state receives approximately 135,000 first doses each week.
“We encourage the vaccination of adolescents ages 12 and older to get the protection offered by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “This vaccine will be available at private providers and other sites which have Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine available.”
As of May 12, 2,722,909 doses have been administered.
Visit vaccines.gov to search Alabama vaccine providers by vaccine brand offered.
May 10, 2021: Governor Kay Ivey Announces End of Participation in All Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Programs
May 7, 2021: Vaccination Clinics scheduled May 11-12 at Baldwin County Coliseum
The Alabama National Guard is having COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics May 11 and 12, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Baldwin County Coliseum.
The address is 19477 Fairground Road, Robertsdale. No appointment needed. Vaccines are being provided free of charge. It is the Moderna vaccine. 18 years and older are eligible. Second doses will be June 8 and 9.
May 3, 2021: Governor Ivey Announces COVID-19 Public Health Order and State of Emergency to End
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced that Alabama’s COVID-19 public health order will end Monday, May 31, 2021, and the state of emergency will end Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
“For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary ‘new normal.’ We have learned much since last year, and this is absolutely now a managed pandemic. Our infection rates and hospitalizations are in better shape, and over 1.5 million Alabamians have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Governor Ivey said. “Alabamians have consistently stepped up to the plate over the course of this pandemic, and I know they will continue to do so. I am pleased that we have shown the rest of the country that we are gritty and determined. We are signaling loud and clear that Alabama is open, and we are moving forward.”
The current Safer Apart order consists primarily of recommendations aligned with CDC guidance. However, specific guidance applies to two groups. Senior Citizen Centers must continue to follow guidelines issued by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Hospitals and nursing homes must follow current guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with respect to visitation. Barring a great spike in COVID-19 cases, these last remaining requirements should be lifted with the expiration of this order on May 31.
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 some barriers such as transportation remain, more than 1,300 providers in the state are administering safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in communities throughout the state.”
“We are very appreciative of Governor Ivey and our excellent working relationship with the Alabama National Guard. The state is really fortunate to have these men and women to support us. Guard members have concluded six weeks of vaccination clinics in 24 rural and underserved counties, and now are planning smaller mobile sites in each public health district to offer vaccine to hard-to-reach populations. I am excited about the progress that has been made,” Dr. Harris added.
As of April 5, all Alabamians ages 16 and older have been eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Ivey continues to encourage Alabamians to get the safe and effective vaccine.
“Look, I have been vaccinated. I believe in the science, believe that it works and have confidence in it. So, like I said, I have been fully vaccinated, and I will live like I have been fully vaccinated. Similar to when we ended the mask requirement, this final extension gives all Alabama health care providers, businesses and individuals adequate time to make preparations,” Governor Ivey concluded.
April 28, 2021: Grants Available to Child Care Programs - Deadline is May 7
The Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care – Round 2 (TASCC-2) grant program provides financial relief to help stabilize the number of child care providers that are open by offsetting some costs of operating during the pandemic.
The funding has few restrictions and can be used for wages, minor repairs and updates to the facility, and anything related to serving families during a pandemic. The grants will help cover operating costs, including paying employees, buying classroom materials and cleaning supplies, providing meals and tuition relief, and other facility expenses. Funding is NOT based on attendance or even enrollment -- it is based on licensed capacity, and it is $500 per slot.
An individual application must be submitted for each child care license. All licensed programs that are open are eligible for the grants, even if they do not participate in the child care subsidy program. Grant amounts are based on each provider’s daytime licensed capacity, with a base rate of $500 per child.
To be eligible, licensed providers must be open as of April 7. They must also remain open for at least one year after receiving a grant. All programs must also register through the state vendor system, STAARS. This is required to receive the funding, and it is not connected in any way to Alabama Quality STARS.
STAARS Registration – Step-by-step guide https://alavoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/VSS_ActivationRegistrationStepbyStepGuide.pdf.
A webinar that provides step-by-step instructions for doing the STAARS registration can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KLxty7ASnlQ - STAARS Vendor Registration 334-353-9000, Staars.email@example.com.
We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your programs and continue to serve Alabama families.
April 27, 2021: Moderna vaccine available at Orange Beach Walmart Neighborhood Market
The Orange Beach Walmart Neighborhood Market currently has the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine on hand and appointments are available. Make an appointment by calling 251-974-1824 or access the online scheduler at http://walmart.com/covidvaccine.
April 16, 2021: Orange Beach conducting COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
The City of Orange Beach is working to facilitate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible citizens who have not yet received it. In order to gather information from citizens interested in receiving the vaccination, the city has created a survey to fill out: Orange Beach Vaccination Survey. [SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.] Depending on responses and enough demand for vaccinations, the city will work with healthcare providers to attempt to coordinate a local vaccination opportunity in Orange Beach. If you are interested in the vaccine and have not yet received one, please fill out the survey. Thank you.
April 13, 2021: Alabama providers asked to pause administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Out of an abundance of caution, the Alabama Department of Public Health has asked all health care providers in the state to pause administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine due to an investigation of reports of potentially dangerous blood clots associated with the vaccine.
To date, 329 Alabama health care providers have received J&J COVID-19 vaccine, about one-third of the state’s vaccine providers. Of the 159,000 J&J doses received, 71,297 doses of J&J vaccine have been administered in Alabama. No known instances of a rare and severe type of blood clot have been reported in Alabama residents to date.
As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine had been administered in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).
The CDC reported that all six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given.
CDC announced that it will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, a pause in the use of this vaccine was recommended out of an abundance of caution.
According to CDC, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare at this time. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
April 7, 2021: Governor Ivey Issues New Safer Apart Order
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her twenty-sixth supplemental emergency proclamation transitioning the state from an amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order, the third phase of COVID-19 pandemic health orders. Masks will no longer be mandated statewide, but individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people. This order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021 and extends until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Mask Signage Options:
- Mask Preferred
- Mask Required for Service
- Please Wear A Mask
- Thank You for Wearing A Mask
- Thank You Gradient
April 7, 2021: FEMA to open Funeral Assistance Line on April 12
FEMA will be launching a Funeral Assistance Program to provide assistance to eligible applicants who have lost individuals due to COVID. The link below is being constantly updated with specific program details. This program is managed at the FEDERAL level and individuals MUST call the Funeral Assistance Line below to determine individual eligibility. The line will open Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:00AM CDT. Please share with your networks.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.
April 2, 2021: Governor Ivey announces COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to be expanded in Alabama to include individuals age 16 and older
Governor Kay Ivey during a visit to the Alabama National Guard mobile vaccination clinic in Wilcox County Friday [April 2] announced that, beginning April 5, the Alabama Department of Public Health will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include individuals age 16 and older. Thanks to Governor Ivey’s announcement, all Alabamians that the vaccine brands are available to can now receive the shot.
“I have committed to the people of Alabama that we are on a path forward, and while there is more work to be done, I remain hopeful and optimistic in where we are going. Recent findings from the CDC show preliminary data suggesting that vaccinated individuals do not appear to be spreading the virus, so that is hopeful, underscores the effectiveness of the vaccine and is yet another reason to get the shot,” Governor Ivey said. “Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life. We are so close to getting COVID-19 in the rearview, and until then, we should all keep wearing our masks, get vaccinated and use the common sense the good Lord gave us.”
The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 16 and up, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both available to individuals 18 years of age and older.
With this expansion, there will be close to 4 million eligible individuals in the state of Alabama. Currently, the state receives approximately 115,000 first doses each week.
"In the initial phases of our vaccine allocation plan, we have given just over 1.7 million shots. These shots have gone to more than 1.1 million Alabamians most at risk of illness and death due to COVID-19,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “As progress has been made, equitable vaccine distribution has been and remains a driving force in immunizing state residents. The increased supply of safe and effective vaccines means all adults who wish to be vaccinated are now eligible to receive the protection vaccines offer."
As of April 1, 1,724,463 doses have been administered.
For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268. Alabama vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Dashboard Hub.
March 30, 2021: Drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held on the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore Wednesday, March 31, and Thursday, April 1
In partnership with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) and the Southwestern District of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held March 31 and April 1 at the PCI Reservation [in Atmore] between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Vaccinations will be provided to anyone in the qualifying groups, regardless of whether they are members of the PCI tribe. Vaccinations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no cost to receive a vaccine.
The Reservation is located off Exit 54 of U.S. 65-N. To reach the site of the clinic, enter the Reservation through Paredes Way, either right before or right after passing the Tribal Administration Building at 5811 Jack Springs Road. No appointment is needed.
People currently eligible for vaccination are those who are 55 years old and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the population defined as Phases 1a, 1b and 1c in Alabama’s COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan, alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.
People who get a first-dose shot on March 31 will return on April 21 for their second dose, and the people who get a shot on April 1 will come back on April 22.
Persons with disabilities in need of reasonable accommodations should contact Phyllis Hall at 251-578-1952.
March 24, 2021: FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths
In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. Find details at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.
March 24, 2021: SBA to Increase Lending Limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
“More than 3.7 million businesses employing more than 20 million people have found financial relief through SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which provide low-interest emergency working capital to help save their businesses. However, the pandemic has lasted longer than expected, and they need larger loans. Many have called on SBA to remove the $150,000 cap. We are here to help our small businesses and that is why I’m proud to more than triple the amount of funding they can access,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.
Businesses that receive a loan subject to the current limits do not need to submit a request for an increase at this time. SBA will reach out directly via email and provide more details about how businesses can request an increase closer to the April 6 implementation date. Any new loan applications and any loans in process when the new loan limits are implemented will automatically be considered for loans covering 24 months of economic injury up to a maximum of $500,000.
This new relief builds on SBA’s previous March 12, 2021 announcement that the agency would extend deferment periods for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022 to offer more time for businesses to build back. In order to shift all EIDL payments to 2022, SBA will extend the first payment due date for disaster loans made in 2020 to 24-months from the date of the note and to 18-months from the date of the note for all loans made in the calendar year 2021.
Questions about SBA COVID-19 EIDL and disaster loan payments can be emailed to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or directed to SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing).
March 22, 2021: Governor Ivey Amends Safer at Home Order to Reflect Latest CDC Guidance
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday [March 22] issued her 25th supplemental emergency proclamation to further amend the recently extended Safer at Home order. Apart from the technical revisions made today and on March 12, 2021, the health order remains identical to the order issued by Governor Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris on March 4, 2021.
Today’s order amends paragraph 14 (“Educational institutions”) to reflect updated recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning social distancing in elementary, middle and high schools. Under the previous order, all schools were required to take reasonable steps, where practicable, to maintain six feet of separation between persons of different households. The new language provides an exception to that rule for k-12 schools: These schools will be required to take reasonable steps to keep students from different households three feet apart from one another.
In amending her Safer at Home order, Governor Ivey issued the following statement:
“Alabama continues moving in the right direction, and we feel very optimistic that COVID-19 will soon be in our rearview mirrors. Until then, we want to ensure that we are doing what we know is right in Alabama, based on recommendations by the CDC and other experts. That also means that we can continue taking reasonable steps to return to normal.
“Alabama schools, for the most part, are setting the example for the rest of the nation, because the majority of our students and teachers are back in the classroom. These latest guidelines from the CDC make the return to the classroom even easier for our schools, and I hope that districts here in Alabama and around the country follow the science and get our kids back in the classroom. Students have not had a voice during the pandemic, and I think we can all agree that it is past time for students and teachers to have the opportunity to be back in the classroom.”
March 22, 2021: Governor Ivey Releases Mask Signage for Businesses
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday revealed signage for business owners to encourage employees and patrons to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current health order mandating statewide mask wearing will end at 5 p.m. on April 9, 2021.
“After April 9, masks will no longer be a mandate, but they remain one of the most successful tools we have to keep folks safe from COVID-19,” Governor Ivey said. “I hope these are helpful to businesses around the state as they set their own protocols to operate safely. Masks are soon to be a memory but until then, lets wear them out!”
Mask Signage Options:
- Mask Preferred
- Mask Required for Service
- Please Wear A Mask
- Thank You for Wearing A Mask
- Thank You Gradient
March 12, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to be Expanded in Alabama to Include People Age 55 and Older, People with High-Risk Medical Conditions, Additional Critical Workers and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday that starting March 22, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people age 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the population defined as Allocation Phase 1c in the Alabama Vaccine Allocation Plan, alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.
“We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close contact work have not been eligible to receive the vaccine yet, but with the additional vaccine supply we are better able to meet the needs of Alabama residents,” Governor Ivey said. “Starting March 22, individuals can be assured of receiving the shots they have been patiently waiting to get.”
In addition to those age 55 and older and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, groups to be included for extended eligibility are people age 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions which include but are not limited to the following conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state
- Solid organ transplant
- Obesity, BMI greater than 30
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider
Also, critical workers in the following areas who were not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b will be eligible:
- Transportation and logistics
- Waste and wastewater
- Food service (includes restaurant staff)
- Shelter and housing (construction)
- Finance (bank tellers)
- Information technology and communication
- Public safety (engineers)
The additional priority groups will add over 2 million people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While around two-thirds of Alabama residents will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state receives between 110,000 and 120,000 first doses each week.
During the week of March 29 through April 2, additional vaccination clinics will be planned around the state.
As of March 11, 556,603 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 611,566 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 8,745 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been administered in the state. A total of 1,731,965 vaccines have been delivered to Alabama.
“Alabama is expanding its guidance to accelerate access to the safe and effective vaccines now available in our state,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “While authorized vaccines roll out and more people are vaccinated, everyone needs to continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing to protect their loved ones and the many vulnerable people in the state.”
For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268. Alabama vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Dashboard Hub at arcg.is/0brSGj.
March 4, 2021: Governor Ivey Extends Safer at Home Order and Mask Mandate to April 9
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her twenty-third supplemental emergency proclamation extending the 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 order extends until Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Governor Ivey: "Our new, modified order will include several changes that’ll ease up on some of our current restrictions, while keeping our mask order in place for another 5 weeks, until April 9. After April 9th, I will NOT keep the mask order in effect."
- Extended Safer at Home Order
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Twenty-third Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES
Subject to reasonable restrictions, patients and residents will be allowed visits from as many as two caregivers (up from one) or as many as two visitors (up from one) at a time
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
Programs other than congregate meals may resume, but only outdoors and subject to guidelines by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Meals still available by curbside pick-up or delivery
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES
Still may open, but with no limit on party size at tables. Still required: Partitions or 6 feet between tables and additional sanitation rules and guidelines
Still may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. The social-distancing requirement was changed to mirror the one used for schools.
WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME
Masks required in public when interacting within 6 feet with people of another household, subject to certain exceptions. Masks required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above.
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES - SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS
May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
Allowed subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
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
Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices
Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines
Subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules
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
Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household ATHLETIC FACILITIES °SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS˛
Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Partitions allowed.
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. Partitions allowed.
Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.
March 1, 2021: Important Update from the Alabama Department of Public Health / Baldwin County Health Department:
The COVID-19 Drive-Up Clinic at OWA in Foley for Tuesday, March 2, has been moved to Wednesday, March 3, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This clinic is for first and second dose.
They will have a second dose only clinic on March 4, same location and time.
January 29, 2021: COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded in Alabama to include persons ages 65 through 74 and others
Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey | January 29, 2021 | Press Release
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. The Vaccine Allocation Plan is available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.
Frontline critical workers listed in the plan are as follows:
- First responders
- Corrections officers
- Food and agriculture workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Public transit workers
- People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)
- Childcare workers
- Judiciary (including but not limited to) circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys
The additional priority groups will add over 1 million people that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While just under 2 million people will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state continues to only receive around 100,000 doses each week.
As of today, 148,549 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 175,326 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been given out to first responders, residents and staff of Alabama’s nursing homes and individuals 75 and older. A total of 772,275 vaccines have been delivered to Alabama, meaning that 42 percent of what has already been delivered to the state have been administered.
“We have all been frustrated that the supply of vaccine coming from the federal government hasn’t kept up with the demand,” Governor Ivey said. “To be blunt, we simply haven’t gotten the vaccine that we’ve been promised, and this has created a major backlog of aggravation. Today’s announcement will ensure that as more vaccine is released, we will have a plan in place to get the vaccine in people’s arms more quickly.”
Covered in this expanded group are people at high risk for work-related exposure and persons in identified age groups at risk for COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality. These include people working or living in congregate settings including but not limited to homeless shelters and group homes.
“Alabama is expanding its guidance despite the limited vaccine in order to accelerate the vaccine uptake in our state,” Dr. Scott Harris said. “I want to reiterate that any remaining vaccines that have not been administered are either someone’s first dose and they are waiting on their appointment or they are waiting on their second dose. Any vaccine currently in the state has someone’s name on it.”
As a courtesy to others, healthier people age 65 and older and workers who fall in these groups are encouraged to consider delaying their vaccination so that more vulnerable people can access the vaccine ahead of them.
To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination at a county health department, individuals may call the ADPH COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline at 1-855-566-5333. For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268. The vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard at arcg.is/OrCey.
ADPH anticipates the release of a new online tool next week which will provide information about opportunities for vaccination, including drive-through clinics being scheduled throughout the state.
January 21, 2021: Governor Ivey Extends Safer at Home Order to March 5th with no changes
Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey | JANUARY 21, 2021 | PRESS RELEASE
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her twenty-second supplemental emergency proclamation extending the 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 order extends until Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
- Extended Safer at Home Order
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Twenty-second Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
January 15, 2021: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES COVID-19 MASS VACCINATION CLINIC IN BALDWIN COUNTY
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the lead agency for the COVID-19 mass vaccination initiative. The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) and the City of Daphne is working together to coordinate support for the vaccine initiative. Due to the limited vaccine supply, ADPH has delineated a phased approach to vaccine distribution to the members of the community. The ADPH vaccination plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-plan.pdf.
On January 19, ADPH will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, in Baldwin County. ADPH is working to expand access to other groups within 1b. Additional details on the vaccine allocation plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.
The vaccine that will be administered during the Baldwin County mass vaccination site will be Moderna. Individuals wishing to receive the vaccine will provide identification, complete necessary consent forms, have the vaccine administered and will be observed by a medical professional for approximately 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination clinic. For individuals who may have functional access needs or ambulatory challenges, accommodations will be made. Drive thru options will be available at the Daphne Civic Center. Residency of Alabama is NOT a requirement. This clinic will operate on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are needed. There is no fee for the vaccine. Facemasks and social distancing measures will be required while on site. It is anticipated that clinics will be conducted in the coming months with additional groups added as more vaccine is made available.
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older and will be administered at the mass vaccination clinic. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses. No serious safety concerns were found. Individuals receiving their first dose of the vaccine will be given a day/time to return for the second dose.
Side effects and safety information
Most common side effects
In the arm where you got the shot:
Throughout the rest of your body:
These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They might feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
The mass vaccination clinic will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne, AL 36526. The dates and times for the next two weeks are listed below. Additional information on clinic dates for February and March will be forthcoming. Please DO NOT contact the City of Daphne or the Daphne Civic Center for details regarding this clinic.
Clinic dates and times:
- Tuesday, January 19th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
- Thursday, January 21st - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
- Tuesday, January 26th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
- Thursday, January 28th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
*A note for those who received their first dose of vaccine through the Robertsdale Health Department: An allotment of vaccine has been set aside for second doses. This will be kept separate from the vaccine that will be distributed to those coming through receiving their first dose. This will be to ensure that those who received their first dose of vaccine will receive their second dose within the required time frame.*
- Alabama Department of Public Health: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/index.html
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
- Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA
December 29, 2020: ADPH launches new COVID-19 dashboard, welcomes arrival of some Moderna vaccine
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard which will make it easier for the public to navigate vaccine information. The dashboard, which details the number of vaccines shipped to Alabama and dispensed, can be viewed at: arcg.is/OrCey.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard can also be accessed on the newly created COVID-19 Dashboard Hub. This will provide easy access to the Vaccine Distribution, Data and Surveillance, School and Risk Indicator Dashboards through tabs at the top. The COVID-19 Dashboard Hub can be accessed at: arcg.is/0brSGj.
Both the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been sent to the state. Allocations of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been received and are being distributed to 90 sites in Alabama. Additional allocations of the two-dose vaccines are expected on a weekly basis. As of December 28, 20,354 doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state. ADPH follows the newly revised Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidance regarding placing priorities based on risk exposure in providing COVID-19 vaccine. View the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan which defines populations and the order in which they will receive vaccine in four phases at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.
More than 300,000 Alabamians fall into the Phase 1a population. Immunizations are being administered to eligible persons at very high risk of exposure to the virus. These include professionals who perform aerosol-generating procedures and frontline health workers, including clinical and nonclinical workers in hospitals, nursing homes or those providing in-home or mental health care directly. Others in the very high-risk category include healthcare workers or laboratory personnel collecting or handling potential SARS-CoV-2 specimens, and residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and pathologists performing autopsies on persons known or suspected to have had SARS-CoV-2 at the time of death.
If providers who receive vaccine allotments have already immunized the very high-risk population and have adequately reached or attempted to reach those in the very high-risk category, additional group members in Phase 1a can also be immunized.
Once additional providers have their processes in place for COVID-19 vaccine administration, information will be posted on the ADPH website so that persons may contact providers and make appointments if they meet the criteria.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “We want to manage people’s expectations appropriately and remind the public that not everyone can access vaccine at this time. For the New Year’s holiday and beyond, I encourage people to please stay home and keep their events short in duration, outside when possible, and only with everyone wearing masks.”
ADPH has no specific timetable about when members of the general public can be vaccinated. As the supply of vaccine remains limited, ADPH continues to urge the public to practice the measures needed to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Alabama residents should continue to exercise caution by minimizing travel and avoiding gatherings of people beyond their immediate household. Below are prevention measures all Alabamians should take, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
- Avoid people who are sick
- Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Monitor your health
It should be noted that the vaccine is free to all Americans and the allocation plan document will be updated as additional guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is available. ADPH will provide information as additional COVID-19 vaccine products are received.
For information, go to alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/prevention.html.
December 17, 2020: Fire Chief and Fire Marshal receive first dose of vaccine
On Thursday, December 17th at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Orange Beach Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling and Fire Marshal Nelson Bauer were among Baldwin County first responders who began receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. While these very first doses of the vaccine are being administered to health care workers and first responders, there is no set timeline when they will be available to the general public. Please continue wearing masks and practice social distancing, per state guidelines.
November 17, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health - COVID-19 vaccine to be made available to all eligible Alabamians
As soon as mid-December, healthcare providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, recently spoke with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris about the rapid progress which will make it possible for an initial supply of vaccine products to be available in the state as soon as a vaccine is authorized.
Large amounts of vaccine from different companies have already been produced and stored while clinical trials are ongoing. Extraordinary precautions are taken to protect the stockpiles of vaccine, including armed guards. The federal government will allocate initial vaccine supplies to states and jurisdictions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to take about two weeks to review vaccine products. As soon as the FDA makes its review, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will study the data and make recommendations. After the FDA confirms a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and when an Emergency Use Authorization is received, vaccine kits will be shipped to several locations statewide and pre-positioned to provide immunizations in Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is following its three-phased COVID-19 vaccine plan. ADPH continues to enroll community partners in its statewide population-based immunization electronic registry system, ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Registry with Integrated Technology) to provide COVID-19 vaccine. These include private sector partners including medical facilities and health care providers who will administer the vaccine. Persons identified to receive vaccine first include healthcare workers and first responders.
All Americans can receive their initial vaccine treatment without any charge, including people with no health insurance. Gen. Perna and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris emphasized that the goal is for all people to have access to the free vaccine regardless of their financial status or location. Distribution of the vaccine will be made equitably to those most at risk, the chronically ill and seniors in all 67 Alabama counties.
A new proprietary software program called “Tiberius” links databases that track every COVID-19 vaccine dose from manufacture to patient inoculation. Most vaccine candidates require patients to receive two doses at a certain time interval apart. The stated goal of Operation Warp Speed is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).
Alabama COVID-19 vaccine information is available by going to https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/vaccine.html.
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.
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.
Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health press releases and information:
April 7, 2021: Governor Ivey Issues New Safer Apart Order
December 11, 2020: Twenty-first Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
December 9, 2020: Governor Ivey Extends Safer at Home Order, including statewide mask requirement, to January 22nd - no changes, everything remains the safe
November 5, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to Dec. 11 with some businesses able to increase occupancy; mask mandate remains in place
- September 30. 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending it to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020
- August 27, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to October 2, 2020
- Friday, August 21, 2020: Sixteenth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Administration of Municipal Elections
- Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order, including mask mandate, to August 31st
- Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - Adds statewide mask requirement in public places and in close contact situations
- Thursday, July 2, 2020: Thirteenth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Governor Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to July 31 with no major changes
- Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Eleventh Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Thursday, May 21, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
- Friday, May 8, 2020: Gov. Kay Ivey amends Safer at Home Health Order
- Friday, May 8, 2020: Gov. Ivey issued two supplemental State of Emergencies in order to protect businesses as Alabama’s economy gets up and running again. "As we resume operations," she said, "the very last thing a business owner needs to worry about is a frivolous lawsuit from responding to #COVID19."
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Safer at Home Order
- Thursday, April 24, 2020: Governor Ivey Announces Auto Insurers Return More Than $100 Million in Premium to Alabama Policyholders
- Thursday, April 9, 2020: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool - Explore new search engine tool at covid19.alabama.gov.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Governor Ivey Announces Ribbons of Hope Campaign
- Monday, April 6, 2020: Governor Ivey Launches State’s Guide to COVID-19 Relief Efforts
- Friday, April 3, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Stay at Home Order - This also includes the extension of the beach closure and restaurant restrictions to April 30, 2020, as well as the closure of non-essential businesses in the state and prohibition of all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, if engaged in allowable outdoor activity.
- Thursday, April 2, 2020: Fifth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - This clears up red tape for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19 and lets local jails release probation or parole violators who’ve been in custody for more than 20 days without a hearing.
- Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Governor Ivey urges Alabama Small Business Owners to prepare now by applying for Federal Financial Relief
- Friday, March 27, 2020: Emergency Order for Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection By COVID-19 - This includes the extension of beach closure and restaurant restrictions to April 17, 2020 as well as the closure of non-essential businesses in the state.
- Thursday, March 26, 2020: Fourth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - This includes Gov. Ivey's directive, under the state emergency order, to require instruction from home for all public schools in Alabama for the rest of the year.
- Monday, March 23, 2020: Governor Ivey delays state tax filings
- Friday, March 20, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Updated Statewide Public Health Order
- Thursday, March 19, 2020: Governor Ivey issues statement on statewide Public Health Order
- Thursday, March 19, 2020: Alabama beach closure Questions and Answers provided by governor's office
To see emergency orders issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health, go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html.
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.
- 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 will begin offering limited activities on Monday, April 12, 2021.
- 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 and drive-through are open. Call the following numbers for additional assistance as well: Business Licenses/Taxes at 251-980-2159 or 251-981-6781; Sewer/Garbage at 251-981-6096.
- MUNICIPAL COURT: Orange Beach Municipal Court is open. 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 open with limitations for non-residents. 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 closed for renovations. It is expected to reopen in July 2021.
- 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.
- 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
For the most up-to-date state statistics with county-by-county breakdowns, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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/.
- Find updates for Orange Beach schools on the Baldwin County Public Schools website at www.bcbe.org.
GULF STATE PARK AND OTHER VISITOR INFORMATION
- 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
- U.S. Treasury: CARES Act / PPP Resource Page for Small Business
- SBA Disaster Loan
- Alabama Department of Labor
- A valuable resource is the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network:
Small businesses who are interested in applying for assistance from the SBA and CARES Act programs should first register with the Alabama Small Business Development Center.
The Alabama SBDC provides accurate, up-to-date news for small businesses looking to better understand the assistance programs, helps determine which programs best fit their needs, and serves as a resource to help businesses prepare for the application process – free of charge. The Alabama SBDC leverages its connection with the 62 other SBDC programs in the United States to present the actionable intelligence that concerned small businesses demand.
Assistance is available for businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Live webinars and recorded On-Demand training are available. Visit asbdc.org for additional information and resources.
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.
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/