MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a proclamation extending the current narrowly-focused state of emergency for COVID-19 to Oct. 31. The directive, aimed at easing burdens on health care providers and making government more responsive, was issued on Aug. 13 and had been set to expire on Oct. 12.
The Governor’s office noted that more Alabamians had been receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and that hospitalizations and cases have declined. New daily cases have dropped more than 70 percent, and the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped by about 60 percent, between early September and late this week.
The August proclamation included provisions designed to assist in preventing and mitigating COVID-19. It relaxed regulatory burdens to allow expanded capacity in healthcare facilities, additional liability protections, increased authority for health care personnel, and easier shipment of emergency equipment and supplies.