Ivey: No plans for a statewide shelter in place order

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A man has his nose swabbed by staff during a screening at Waddell Family Medicine as Athens-Limestone Hospital opens a flu and fever clinic on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Athens, Ala. Patients will only be tested for COVID-19 if indicated by their exam or ordered by the physician or provider. (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she has no plans to issue a statewide “shelter in place” order to combat the new coronavirus.  

Citing economic concerns, Ivey signaled a reluctance to join the states, including New York, California, Illinois and Louisiana, that have ordered residents to stay home unless going out for food, medicine and essential services.  

However, the Birmingham City Council the same day approved a “shelter in place” directive through April 3. Alabama on Tuesday had at least 242 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 91 of those cases in Jefferson County.


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