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Gov. Ivey, coronavirus task force working on plan to reopen Alabama

Credit: Office of Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama's current stay-at-home order expires on April 30.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 10:58 AM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 11:34 AM

UPDATE: Gov. Ivey said indicators suggest following state and CDC guidelines is working. She said it’s imperative we keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“Now is not the time to let our guards down,” Ivey said.

Ivey asked Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth for input on the small business impacts and hopes to receive this by this coming Friday.

Ivey said the state is looking at challenges on a district-by-district basis in Alabama. She’s asked House delegations to report on or before April 22.

The state is taking suggestions and recommendations to its coronavirus task force. Ivey said she’s also created a six-member coronavirus executive committee.

On or before April 28, Ivey said she and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will review recommendations to provide a plan before the stay-at-home order expires on April 30.

Ivey said she wants to allow businesses time to prepare for a “safe, responsible” reopening. She said a reopening would be “segment by segment or region by region.”

More than 264,000 Alabamians filed for unemployment in the last four weeks, according to Ivey.

Dr. Harris said the state is working to confirm more coronavirus-related deaths, but the count is at about 100 currently.

Harris said we are about where we expected to be with the amount of coronavirus cases. However, he said predictions look better than first thought.

Harris said he’s fairly confident whatever surge we will see in the next week or so can be handled by hospitals. He said people following the stay-at-home order is affecting numbers positively.

The state is working to add to its testing capacity.

Harris also addressed how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting African American citizens in Alabama.

He said we are good with the number of ventilators in the state, but there is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment.

FROM EARLIER:

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Gov. Kay Ivey are providing Alabamians with an update on coronavirus Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Ivey is expected to address Sunday's storms and to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on Alabama’s economy.

Stay with WAAY 31 on air and online for updates.

Find more coverage of the coronavirus outbreak here.

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