Hospitals prep for changes with governor's extended mask mandate

The mask order will last until November 8th.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 5:39 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 10:43 PM

Alabama's mask order is now in place until November 8th as part of the extended Safer at Home order. That order also loosens restrictions in other areas like nursing home and hospital visitations.

"For those who want to see the mask go away I'm just asking you to please please please be patient," said Ivey.

Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey explained her decision to extend the statewide mask order to Nov. 8.

"The number of new cases each day has been consistently dropping since Dr. Harris and I implemented the mask order," said Ivey.

The public health department's Dr. Scott Harris said in the past two weeks the state's seen fewer new cases and hospitalizations. He also said the state's risk indicator map is showing improvement as well with only half a dozen counties considered "Very high risk."

"At this time we only have six red counties in the state. Those are counties where cases are increasing, so six out of 67 is encouraging to us. This mask ordinance is working," said Harris.

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Harris said masks are making the biggest difference when it comes to taking counties from high risk to low.

"There has been nothing added in our state other than the mask mandate and yet that's when we saw cases improve and they've improved since that time and we believe that's the main reason we're seeing an improvement," said Harris.

Two of the six high risk counties are in North Alabama. Lawrence and Limestone Counties are still in that category. The state will update that data on Friday.

The governor's order also allows patients in hospitals to have at least one visitor. Covid-19 patients will still not be allowed to have visiters. Helen Keller Hospital President, Kyle Buchanan, said in order to keep up with the new mandate there will be more people at the hospitals entrances to take temperatures.

"We're also looking at how to best monitor and make sure, again for the safety of our patients, staff and caregivers, to ensure that we do only have one at a time per the governor's mandate. We're working through a process to make sure that happens on a timely basis. So at all times we know Mrs. Johnson [made up name] has her one visitor and when that person leaves or exchanges with a sibling we can keep track of that," said Buchanan.

Buchanan said they are happy to see the governor extend the masking order.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 158701

Reported Deaths: 2680
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23292377
Mobile16916315
Tuscaloosa10345140
Montgomery10250197
Madison935096
Shelby739063
Baldwin665869
Lee654665
Calhoun459961
Marshall439550
Etowah428551
Houston417034
Morgan416435
DeKalb342629
Elmore320853
St. Clair295542
Limestone287230
Walker279492
Talladega266435
Cullman248024
Lauderdale229442
Jackson215915
Autauga205931
Franklin205531
Colbert202132
Russell19493
Blount193225
Chilton188432
Dallas186627
Coffee177111
Dale176351
Covington174729
Escambia172730
Clarke135217
Chambers135044
Pike134113
Tallapoosa132987
Marion108129
Barbour10339
Marengo101922
Butler101140
Winston92913
Geneva9067
Lawrence85832
Pickens85218
Bibb84014
Randolph82716
Hale76830
Washington74912
Clay74412
Cherokee73814
Henry7176
Lowndes71328
Bullock64917
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60830
Perry5926
Fayette57713
Cleburne5698
Wilcox56812
Conecuh56113
Macon53620
Lamar4965
Sumter47221
Choctaw39212
Greene34216
Coosa2043
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 247587

Reported Deaths: 3131
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby36376562
Davidson31748337
Knox1273889
Rutherford11893114
Hamilton11758109
Williamson710256
Sumner6114110
Wilson469059
Putnam444056
Montgomery421756
Out of TN407935
Madison378079
Sullivan376346
Bradley358723
Washington347651
Sevier335122
Blount334336
Maury330737
Robertson261441
Hamblen246448
Tipton236723
Dyer223732
Unassigned22063
Gibson216244
Hardeman189833
Coffee189425
Obion178822
Trousdale17758
Greene175052
Bedford170920
Fayette169225
Dickson169119
Anderson168814
McMinn164036
Loudon162311
Lawrence161820
Cumberland161025
Wayne16007
Weakley156126
Carter155633
Jefferson155521
Monroe146228
Warren143910
Lauderdale143617
Henderson141626
Hardin139720
Macon134325
Roane13027
Franklin129519
Haywood129527
Overton122717
Hawkins120925
White118814
Johnson11507
Carroll114826
Marshall113810
McNairy112927
Rhea111118
Cheatham106011
Cocke105814
Campbell103012
Bledsoe10174
Smith99113
Lake9853
Giles96936
Fentress91611
Lincoln8973
Crockett86820
Hickman80315
Henry79611
Marion7739
Chester73214
DeKalb73217
Decatur66311
Grainger6114
Grundy57011
Union5433
Claiborne5266
Polk51113
Jackson4525
Humphreys4504
Morgan4437
Houston42017
Benton4199
Unicoi4183
Cannon4152
Clay40613
Lewis4033
Scott3845
Sequatchie3462
Stewart33111
Meigs3276
Perry3082
Pickett2747
Moore2692
Van Buren2071
Hancock1193

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