Ad Spot

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extends mask order to November

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

MONTGOMERY – While some states are easing mask mandates around the country, Alabama will continue to require them for the next five weeks.

Speaking in front of the media on Wednesday, Sept. 30, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended the state’s mask and safer-at-home orders until Sunday, Nov. 8, with the hope of continuing to diminish the spread of COVID-19 and keep polls safe for voting during the General Election on Nov. 3.

“The reason we are extending this order is because it is important for us to have a safe environment for our poll workers, poll watchers and those of us who would like to vote in person,” Ivey said. “Remember, voting in a free and open election is what separates us from many other countries. I want everyone to vote and do it safely.”

She also acknowledged that the order is working and that was key in extending it as well.

“When something is working as well as our mask order has since July 16, and we don’t have a vaccine, you stick with it,” Ivey said. “The fact is that our mask order is working and the numbers speak for themselves.”

The current orders were set to expire Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., but will now run into November.

The announcement came with the current number of COVID-19 numbers since the virus outbreak began on March 13 at 154,701 for the state. There have also been 2,540 deaths in that timespan as well.

So far, there have been 1,132,039 tested and 13.7 percent of those tested have tested positive. Since the outbreak began, 3.1 percent of the state’s population has tested positive.

In Shelby County, 6,134 people have tested positive for the virus with 51,200 tests administered. That marks 11.9 percent of those tested testing positive, while 2.8 percent of the county’s population has tested positive.

“The good news is, during the last few weeks, Alabama has made significant progress,” Ivey said. “Thankfully we did not have a surge in COVID-19 as was predicted after the Labor Day weekend. But folks, this is not a coincidence.”

In Shelby County the last two weeks there have been 5,349 new tests administered with 743 new cases as of Wednesday, Sept.  30.

“To those who want to see the masks go away, I’m just asking you to continue to please, please be patient. Be patient a little while longer,” Ivey said. “I also believe we are close to being able to change the mandate back to personal responsibility.”

Alabaster Main Story

Thompson three-peats as AHSAA Duals State Champs

Alabaster Main Story

ACS opens 2021-2022 Pre-K registration

280 Reporter

BOE approves savings on surgical lab project at Chelsea High School

280 Main Story

New Oak Mountain Elementary principal named

Helena

‘He bled Helena’: Former Helena Mayor Sonny Penhale dies at 89

Community Columnists

Miles always finds a way to help others

Alabaster Main Story

Montevallo man charged with robbery at Alabaster Walmart

Columbiana

Circus brings three-ring show to Columbiana

280 Main Story

Asbury Giggles and Grace spring sale set for March 5-6

280 Main Story

Pate announces candidacy for State House District 73

280 Main Story

Gov. Ivey extends mask mandate, gives update on vaccine

Business

Beignets and Lattes takes their coffee and sweets on the road

280 Main Story

Pastor shares vision for Double Oak Community Church’s new Chelsea campus

Coronavirus

ADPH hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Pelham Civic Complex Jan. 22

280 Main Story

Spinnin’ the hits: Dr. Dax Davis brings back the heyday of the deejay

News

Pelham FBC encouraging strong family discipleship through free event

Faith

Riverside Baptist Church using community to support Sav-A-Life, Red Cross

News

CoreFit opens in Campus 124, Beer Hog to open soon

280 Main Story

First responders take first round of COVID-19 vaccine

280 Reporter

Council approves resolution for airstrip annexed into city limits

280 Reporter

Chelsea City Council approves numerous annexation requests

280 Main Story

Latest on COVID-19, including vaccine information

Alabaster Main Story

Kenneth Paschal announces candidacy for House District 73 seat

280 Main Story

Shelby County NAACP hosts virtual MLK celebration