COVID in Alabama: precautions, information to help stay up to date from the desk of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

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Gov. Kay Ivey received a Covid-19 vaccine and held a press conference at Baptist Hospital Monday, December 21, 2020 in Montgomery, Ala. RN Donna Pugh administered the governor’s vaccine. Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre received the vaccine and joined the governor during her brief media availability. (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary “new normal.” Alabamians have consistently stepped up to the plate over the course of this pandemic.

As our state moves forward, Gov. Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris encourage any Alabamian who has not gotten their shot to roll up their sleeves, and visit ADPH’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal: https://alcovidvaccine.gov/. If you have questions, consult with your health care provider. This webpage is a compilation of resources provided in collaboration with local, state and federal partners.

Check back frequently for updates or follow the governor’s social media accounts for the latest news: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Public Health Information

COVID-19, caused by exposure to the novel coronavirus, is a serious respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person. On March 13, 2020, on recommendation from the State Health Officer, Gov. Ivey declared a state public health emergency existed in the state of Alabama and therefore issued twenty-seven supplemental state of emergency proclamations before the Safer Apart order expired on May 31, 2021.

Governor Ivey encourages business owners to print the free mask graphics below and display them in their stores.

Governor Ivey urges all Alabamians to stay vigilant and to take precautions to avoid exposure.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Learn more about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-270-7268 or email the Alabama Department of Public Health at covid19info@adph.state.al.us. Telephone calls are answered from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The ADPH posts updated case numbers daily here and has a page dedicated to Frequently Asked Questions.

Those who suspect they have COVID-19, those waiting on test results and those with COVID-19 should visit the COVID-19 Resources for Patients.

The ADPH has COVID-19 vaccine information available online. You can get registered for your vaccine at the portal or call the state hotline: 1-855-566-5333 (Answered daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Veterans wanting to learn more about their health care benefits during this health emergency should review this U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs document.(image attached)

Any individual, including but not limited to, children, older adults, individuals with disabilities, healthcare professionals, first responders and administrators working on the frontlines who are experiencing stress or anxiety related to COVID-19, may call the Information Line at 1-888-442-1793. The Information Line will connect individuals with appropriate staff and programs in their local communities to provide vital resources and services.

Business Resources

Alabama small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Business owners can apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Small business owners can also visit Atlas Alabama, a one-stop resource, for federal, state and local assistance.

The Alabama Department on Commerce is offering an online guide to COVID-19 resources for businesses and workers.

Read the AlabamaWorks! Handout on the Rapid Response Team’s assistance for dislocated workers here.

Child Assistance

Alabama Family Central is a comprehensive, easy-to-use website offers parents and families, guardians, teachers and caregivers a one-stop connection to programs and services in Alabama. Information on childcare, education, family services and health services can all be found https://alabamafamilycentral.org/.

Break for a Plate ensures all Alabama children can continue to receive nutritious meals while schools across the state are temporarily closed. Break for a Plate offers two free meals each day to kids and teens up to 18 years of age. For more information, visit https://www.breakforaplate.com/.

The Alabama State Department of Education has created two email addresses to assist parents and employees with questions.

If you are a parent and have a COVID-19 related question, email COVID19PARENTS@ALSDE.EDU.

If you are a school employee and have a COVID-19 related question, email COVID19SCHOOLS@ALSDE.EDU.

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Born Ready initiative has launched a website, https://bornready.org/covid19resources/, to assist parents and caregivers with resources and brain-boosting activities to help their children while at home.

The Alabama Department of Archives has created a website calledAlabama History@Home (https://www.alabamahistoryhome.org/) The site provides links to free, online content hosted by partners throughout Alabama. Parents will be especially interested in the many activities for children, but learners of all ages will benefit.

Stay Informed

In these challenging times, you need accurate information to make informed decisions. Get your information from trusted sources and don’t believe rumors.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for national COVID-19 updates. (https://www.cdc.gov/)

View the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Coronavirus Rumor Control web page. (https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/rumor-control)

If you would like to report Coronavirus fraud, visit the Department of Justice website. (https://www.justice.gov/)

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