WATCH: Gov. Ivey, State Health Officer provide updates on efforts to combat COVID-19


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) Governor Kay Ivey held a joint press conference to provide further updates on Alabama’s efforts to combat COVID-19. She was joined by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

Governor Ivey says that social distancing is working in the state of Alabama, and she has been working on a plan for weeks on ways to get Alabama’s economy reopened.

Ivey says she has asked Alabama’s Congressional delegation to look at needs for their districts and report back to her by April 22. Once the information from each district in the state is given to her, she alongside Dr. Scott Harris will review the findings to determine, if and when the state can reopen.

Governor Ivey says that based on the information received from the districts within the state, businesses will reopen in phases.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says that he believes people, “by and large” are taking social distancing seriously because it is showing in the numbers. He says that Alabama is expected to have its COVID-19 peak dates from April 20-22, and that is when it is most important for everyone really adhere to the guidelines of the state to help continue to prevent the spread.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are about 3,809 confirmed cases and 73 coronavirus-related deaths. Health Officials say there are about 493 people who are hospitalized in the state and being treated for COVID-19. And over 28,656 people have been tested so far.

Dr. Harris says when it comes to PPE, they are using day-by-day calculations. He says that it is a challenge to find these items worldwide, but he believes the state has a sufficient supply of ventilators.

Currently the state of Alabama is on a mandatory, ‘stay at home’ order, that is effect until April 30th.

Governor Ivey say it is possible that some businesses could reopen before April 30th, but that will be determined and based on information received by districts in the coming weeks.

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