Governor’s office holds back on stay-at-home order for Alabama


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — With Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi issuing stay-at-home orders for their respective states, Alabama’s state of government is still leaving the decision up to the counties.

According to the governor’s office, Gov. Kay Ivey is exploring “all options” to combat the virus, but she is still hoping that Alabama will not have to force its population to remain home.

“The governor’s priority is protecting the health, safety, and well-being of all Alabamians, and their well-being also relies on being able to have a job and provide for themselves and their families,” said Gina Maiola, press secretary. “Many factors surround a statewide shelter-in-place, and Alabama is not at a place where we are ready to make this call.”

As of this report, Alabama has 1,084 cases of COVID-19 and 28 reported deaths.

Southeast Health confirmed a death at its facility in Dothan but did not release information on the patient. The ADPH has not marked this death on its dashboard yet, but if the patient were from outside the state, it will not include it.

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