COVID-19 Information

(City facility updates are posted below day-to-day info. Last page update on January 15, 2021.)

To find the latest information on COVID-19 from the Alabama Department of Public Health, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19

January 15, 2021: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES COVID-19 MASS VACCINATION CLINIC IN BALDWIN COUNTY

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the lead agency for the COVID-19 mass vaccination initiative. The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) and the City of Daphne is working together to coordinate support for the vaccine initiative. Due to the limited vaccine supply, ADPH has delineated a phased approach to vaccine distribution to the members of the community. The ADPH vaccination plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-plan.pdf.

On January 19, ADPH will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, in Baldwin County. ADPH is working to expand access to other groups within 1b. Additional details on the vaccine allocation plan can be found here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.

The vaccine that will be administered during the Baldwin County mass vaccination site will be Moderna. Individuals wishing to receive the vaccine will provide identification, complete necessary consent forms, have the vaccine administered and will be observed by a medical professional for approximately 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination clinic. For individuals who may have functional access needs or ambulatory challenges, accommodations will be made. Drive thru options will be available at the Daphne Civic Center. Residency of Alabama is NOT a requirement. This clinic will operate on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are needed. There is no fee for the vaccine. Facemasks and social distancing measures will be required while on site. It is anticipated that clinics will be conducted in the coming months with additional groups added as more vaccine is made available.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: This vaccine is authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older and will be administered at the mass vaccination clinic. This is a two-dose vaccine, given 28 days apart. Clinical trial data shows the vaccine is about 94 percent effective after two doses. No serious safety concerns were found. Individuals receiving their first dose of the vaccine will be given a day/time to return for the second dose.

Side effects and safety information

Most common side effects

In the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They might feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

The mass vaccination clinic will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne, AL 36526.  The dates and times for the next two weeks are listed below.  Additional information on clinic dates for February and March will be forthcoming.  Please DO NOT contact the City of Daphne or the Daphne Civic Center for details regarding this clinic.   

Clinic dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January 19th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Thursday, January 21st - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Tuesday, January 26th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Thursday, January 28th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center

*A note for those who received their first dose of vaccine through the Robertsdale Health Department: An allotment of vaccine has been set aside for second doses. This will be kept separate from the vaccine that will be distributed to those coming through receiving their first dose. This will be to ensure that those who received their first dose of vaccine will receive their second dose within the required time frame.*

Additional resources: 

January 13, 2021: Alabama Department of Public Health scheduled to conduct COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Baldwin County

Baldwin County EMA Press Release | January 13, 2021 

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA), and the City of Daphne are working together to provide COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

The vaccination clinics will be held at the Daphne Civic Center located at 2603 US Hwy 98 Daphne, AL 36526.  There is no charge for the vaccine. There is no appointment needed. This clinic is for all healthcare workers, people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters only. 

Clinic dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January 19th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Thursday, January 21st - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Tuesday, January 26th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
  • Thursday, January 28th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center

There will be no appointments taken for this clinic. Please DO NOT CALL the City of Daphne, the Daphne Civic Center or BCEMA. Information about vaccinations is managed by ADPH, the lead agency for this vaccine initiative. BCEMA, the City of Daphne, along with local volunteers will work together to provide logistical support and the facility for these clinics.   

Those who received their first dose of vaccine through the Baldwin County Health Department (BCHD) located in Robertsdale will be contacted by BCHD about their second dose of the vaccine. 

January 8, 2020: COVID-19 Vaccination Available for Alabamians 75 Years Old and Older, First Responders, and Law Enforcement - effective January 18th

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday announced that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18. Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served. The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout.

“I appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,” Governor Ivey said. “We have previously worked to provide vaccines to our health care workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, and now, are diligently working to expand access to our seniors, law enforcement officers and various members of our first responders. It is critical for everyone to remain patient; demand is high, and supply is low. ADPH and their partners are working around-the-clock to assist as many people as they can.”

Alabama continues to vaccinate more than 326,000 health care workers and nursing home residents who are most at-risk of contracting COVID-19. As the vaccine uptake for this category is satisfied, ADPH is now encouraging sites to vaccinate persons in the 75-plus age group and those in the law enforcement and firefighter vocations in order to prevent any loss of vaccine due to cold chain storage requirements.

“We recognize that demand for vaccine exceeds supply,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. “While there is still an insufficient amount of the vaccine supply, we want to maximize our resources to help protect Alabamians at high risk. County health departments are working with their local points of distribution to assess what their vaccination reach has been. Decisions about the next groups to vaccinate are made at the community level with community engagement. If the very high-risk population has been covered adequately, providers can then begin vaccinating people in the other priority groups.”

Nearly 350,000 people in the state of Alabama would qualify for a vaccine at 75 years old and older.

To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Vaccination locations can be viewed at this link, https://go.usa.gov/xARKp and additional specific information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made.

[BALDWIN COUNTY LOCATIONS:  Baldwin County Health Department - Robertsdale, Infirmary Health - Thomas Hospital, and South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.]

If wanting to be vaccinated at sites other than a county health department, such as a private provider, individuals should contact those sites directly.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit https://go.usa.gov/xARKE.

December 30, 2020: SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline through Dec. 31, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020.

To date, the SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans which provides working capital funds to small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses make it through this challenging time. 

“Following the President’s declaration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the SBA has approved over 3.6 million loans through our Economic Injury Disaster Loan program nationwide,” Administrator Jovita Carranza said. “The EIDL program has assisted millions of small businesses, including non-profit organizations, sole proprietors and independent contractors, from a wide array of industries and business sectors, to survive this very difficult economic environment.”

EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. Loans are offered at very affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Every eligible small business and nonprofit are encouraged to apply to get the resources they need.

Find more information at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

December 29, 2020: ADPH launches new COVID-19 dashboard, welcomes arrival of some Moderna vaccine

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard which will make it easier for the public to navigate vaccine information. The dashboard, which details the number of vaccines shipped to Alabama and dispensed, can be viewed at: arcg.is/OrCey.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard can also be accessed on the newly created COVID-19 Dashboard Hub. This will provide easy access to the Vaccine Distribution, Data and Surveillance, School and Risk Indicator Dashboards through tabs at the top. The COVID-19 Dashboard Hub can be accessed at: arcg.is/0brSGj.

Both the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been sent to the state. Allocations of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been received and are being distributed to 90 sites in Alabama. Additional allocations of the two-dose vaccines are expected on a weekly basis. As of December 28, 20,354 doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the state. ADPH follows the newly revised Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidance regarding placing priorities based on risk exposure in providing COVID-19 vaccine. View the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan which defines populations and the order in which they will receive vaccine in four phases at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.

More than 300,000 Alabamians fall into the Phase 1a population. Immunizations are being administered to eligible persons at very high risk of exposure to the virus. These include professionals who perform aerosol-generating procedures and frontline health workers, including clinical and nonclinical workers in hospitals, nursing homes or those providing in-home or mental health care directly. Others in the very high-risk category include healthcare workers or laboratory personnel collecting or handling potential SARS-CoV-2 specimens, and residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and pathologists performing autopsies on persons known or suspected to have had SARS-CoV-2 at the time of death.

If providers who receive vaccine allotments have already immunized the very high-risk population and have adequately reached or attempted to reach those in the very high-risk category, additional group members in Phase 1a can also be immunized.

Once additional providers have their processes in place for COVID-19 vaccine administration, information will be posted on the ADPH website so that persons may contact providers and make appointments if they meet the criteria.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “We want to manage people’s expectations appropriately and remind the public that not everyone can access vaccine at this time. For the New Year’s holiday and beyond, I encourage people to please stay home and keep their events short in duration, outside when possible, and only with everyone wearing masks.”

ADPH has no specific timetable about when members of the general public can be vaccinated. As the supply of vaccine remains limited, ADPH continues to urge the public to practice the measures needed to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Alabama residents should continue to exercise caution by minimizing travel and avoiding gatherings of people beyond their immediate household. Below are prevention measures all Alabamians should take, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Monitor your health

It should be noted that the vaccine is free to all Americans and the allocation plan document will be updated as additional guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is available. ADPH will provide information as additional COVID-19 vaccine products are received.

For information, go to alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/prevention.html.

December 22, 2020: Scarce COVID-19 vaccine currently limited to people in the very high-risk category

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) follows the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidance regarding administration of COVID-19 vaccine.

In this first phase of vaccination, Phase 1a, the critical infrastructure workforce is identified as frontline health workers, including clinical and nonclinical workers in hospitals, nursing homes or those providing in-home or mental health care directly, and emergency medical service (EMS) providers. Various phase levels are based on risk exposure, and Alabama is currently in Phase 1a. The population that falls into this first phase is more than 300,000 Alabamians.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “The overriding issue at present is the scarcity of vaccine. We realize that there are many people at increased risk of exposure to the virus who are not yet able to receive immunization. As the supply of vaccine remains limited, we continue to urge the public to practice the measures needed to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.”

Alabama residents should exercise caution by postponing travel and avoiding gatherings during the holidays.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Monitor your health

Once additional quantities of vaccine are available, ADPH will make provide information about how the public can go about getting vaccinated.

For additional information, go to https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/prevention.html.

December 17, 2020: Fire Chief and Fire Marshal receive first dose of vaccine

On Thursday, December 17th at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Orange Beach Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling and Fire Marshal Nelson Bauer were among Baldwin County first responders who began receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. While these very first doses of the vaccine are being administered to health care workers and first responders, there is no set timeline when they will be available to the general public. Please continue wearing masks and practice social distancing, per state guidelines.

December 14, 2020: Alabama ABC Boad Reinstitutes Curb-Side Alcohol Sales

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today [Monday, December 14, 2020] unanimously authorized its on-premise licesees to sell alcohol “to go” until January 4, 2021. In an emergency meeting, the Board voted 3-0 to allow the sales.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases statewide caused many Chambers of Commerce, corporations and licensees to fear another economic slowdown during what is considered the busiest retail period of the year. The ABC Board had previously authorized curbside sales for on-premise licensees, but that rule lapsed on September 15, 2020.

Under the new amendment, an Alabama licensee who holds a Restaurant and Retail Liquor license that allows the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption only may now sell for off-premises consumption using curbside pick-up or take-out services with the following restrictions: A licensee may sell no more than one .375 liter (375ml) bottle of spirits, two 750 ml bottles of wine, or 144 ounces of beer per customer. Additionally, the employee processing and handling the pick-up or take-out order must be 21 years of age or older and the licensee or employee processing and handling the pick-up or take-out order must verify that the recipient is 21 years of age or older.

“We are extremely sensitive to the plight of our licensees during the COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue to make every attempt to help them remain open, financially viable, and safe,” said ABC Board Administrator Mac Gipson.

The amendment takes effect immediately and terminates on Janaury 4, 2021.

December 9, 2020: Governor Ivey Extends Safer at Home Order, including statewide mask requirement, to January 22nd - no changes, everything remains the same

Office of Gov. Kay Ivey | December 9, 2020 | Press Release 

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her twentieth supplemental emergency proclamation extending the Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This order extends until Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Extended Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

Twentieth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation

December 4, 2020: Alabama reviews 14-day home quarantine for COVID-19 contacts

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is working to make the changes in processes to allow for a reduced quarantine period for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Only the Alabama State Health Officer has the authority to establish state quarantine and isolation requirements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended two additional options for quarantine and asked states to review their respective COVID-19 situations. In its commitment to protect Alabamians during this pandemic, ADPH is studying the information and supporting documentation to make recommendations specific to Alabama. Record high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have occurred in Alabama this week, requiring ongoing review of what the impact of changes in home quarantine requirements could have in our state.

According to CDC, 14 days remains the optimal time for home quarantine, as this time frame covers the broad range of the incubation period for COVID-19. Exercising options for home quarantine of less than 14 days carries attendant risks of disease, especially in Alabama’s environment of widespread community transmission, high overall percent positivity, and need to preserve testing capacity for symptomatic and high-risk individuals.

ADPH is working to make the changes needed to allow the release of persons from quarantine at 10 days under certain conditions identified in the CDC’s recommendations. CDC’s updated guidance requires additional conditions for home quarantine of 10 days which include no COVID-related symptoms, daily self-monitoring for symptoms, and consistent social distancing and mask wearing. This will require ADPH to make changes to current processes which should be finalized before December 11. Even if excused from 14-day quarantine, persons must use extreme caution regarding monitoring for symptoms for the full two weeks and practice mitigation strategies within and beyond the quarantine period. Home quarantine for residents of long-term care and correctional facilities will not change from the current 14-day requirement.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “While we would like to be able to decrease the home quarantine time frame to seven days for persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19, this is not possible at this time due to a number of reasons including our high case numbers and the disparity in testing resources among different parts of our state. We should not knowingly increase the percentage of possibly infectious asymptomatic persons out and about. Even though there is hope that our first doses of COVID-19 vaccine may arrive in the next two weeks, we are still months away from having enough vaccine to protect everyone. So, ADPH continues to encourage every Alabamian to stay home when possible, and to practice social distancing and wear masks when they must be out. Please protect the most vulnerable people in our state by doing the right things.”

For additional information concerning the CDC’s quarantine guidance, please go to cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

November 18, 2020: Governor Ivey announces $200 Million Small Business Grant Program 'Revive Plus'

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced Revive Plus, a $200 million grant program to support small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Plus is the second wave of funding for these organizations with 50 or fewer employees and will award grants of up to $20,000 for expenses they have incurred due to operational interruptions caused by the pandemic and related business closures.

Alabama Department of Public Health: ADPH asks you to weigh COVID-19 risks this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others

November 17, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health - COVID-19 vaccine to be made available to all eligible Alabamians

As soon as mid-December, healthcare providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, recently spoke with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris about the rapid progress which will make it possible for an initial supply of vaccine products to be available in the state as soon as a vaccine is authorized.

Large amounts of vaccine from different companies have already been produced and stored while clinical trials are ongoing. Extraordinary precautions are taken to protect the stockpiles of vaccine, including armed guards. The federal government will allocate initial vaccine supplies to states and jurisdictions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to take about two weeks to review vaccine products. As soon as the FDA makes its review, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will study the data and make recommendations. After the FDA confirms a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and when an Emergency Use Authorization is received, vaccine kits will be shipped to several locations statewide and pre-positioned to provide immunizations in Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is following its three-phased COVID-19 vaccine plan. ADPH continues to enroll community partners in its statewide population-based immunization electronic registry system, ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Registry with Integrated Technology) to provide COVID-19 vaccine. These include private sector partners including medical facilities and health care providers who will administer the vaccine. Persons identified to receive vaccine first include healthcare workers and first responders.

All Americans can receive their initial vaccine treatment without any charge, including people with no health insurance. Gen. Perna and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris emphasized that the goal is for all people to have access to the free vaccine regardless of their financial status or location. Distribution of the vaccine will be made equitably to those most at risk, the chronically ill and seniors in all 67 Alabama counties.

A new proprietary software program called “Tiberius” links databases that track every COVID-19 vaccine dose from manufacture to patient inoculation. Most vaccine candidates require patients to receive two doses at a certain time interval apart. The stated goal of Operation Warp Speed is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).
 
Alabama COVID-19 vaccine information is available by going to https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/vaccine.html.

November 5, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to Dec. 11 with some businesses able to increase occupancy; mask mandate remains in place

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her nineteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

WHAT’S NEW

OCCUPANCY RATES

Emergency occupancy rates will be removed for retailers, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment venues.

USE OF PARTITIONS

An exception to social-distancing rules will be allowed for many businesses—including barber shops, hair salons, gyms, and restaurants—if people are wearing masks and separated by an “impermeable” barrier.

WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME

MASKS IN SCHOOLS

Masks required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above.

MASKS

Masks required in public when interacting within 6 feet with people of another household, subject to certain exceptions.

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ˙SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

Allowed subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

SUMMER CAMP

May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

INDIVIDUALS

Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices.

EMPLOYERS

Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines.

RETAIL STORES

Subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules.

MEDICAL PROCEDURES

Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities.

HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES

Subject to restrictions, patients and residents will be allowed visits from one caregiver or one visitor at a time.

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS

Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery.

NON-WORK GATHERINGS

Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household.

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES

May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines.

ATHLETIC FACILITIES - SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS

Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS

Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.

BEACHES

Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.

November 4, 2020: Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency

Baldwin Together is helping those impacted by Covid-19 related issues:   

If any of the below apply, Baldwin Together is here to help:

  • Loss of hours
  • Loss of employment 
  • Quarantine
  • Positive COVID test

Must be a Baldwin County resident.

For Applications:

Applications and interview may be done over the phone. ID, proof of loss and documents can be uploaded.

Need computer help? Someone will be assigned in your area to help.

October 20, 2020: Application Extension for Alabama’s CARES Act Marine Industry Relief Program 

On September 14, 2020, the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) opened applications for relief funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist in the recovery efforts of Alabama’s seafood-related businesses such as commercial fishing, processing, marine aquaculture, and charter for-hire activities. The funding is available for financial damages incurred by eligible businesses from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020.

Due to the impacts of Hurricanes Sally and Delta, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, November 13, 2020. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the MRD office in Gulf Shores by 5 p.m. that day.  

Before applying for the relief funds, please thoroughly review information available at the following webpage, https://www.outdooralabama.com/CARES-ACT.

Completed applications and supporting documentation can be mailed, shipped or hand-delivered during office hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) to: 

Alabama Marine Resources Division
999 Commerce Dr.
Gulf Shores, AL 36547 

Electronic copies (including email) will not be accepted. 

August 9, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: reminders and expectations

August 6, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Virtual School enrollment at 7,000 students

July 29, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order, including mask mandate, to August 31st 

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

July 27, 2020: ABC Board Approves Operational Changes for Liquor License Holders - on-premises alcohol sales end at 11 p.m.

July 27, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health: CDC isolation guidelines change for adults with COVID-19

Most adults who have had mild to moderate COVID-19 illness can now leave isolation after completing 10 days in home isolation and persons do not need to be retested before returning to work, according to newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

This change in recommendations about the duration of isolation was made because the latest scientific data show most people are no longer infectious 10 days after symptoms begin. Equivalent data for infants and children is not currently available. In the absence of specific data, the same guidelines apply to the pediatric age group.

As the medical community better understands how people are infected and transmit the virus, another significant change is that retesting is no longer recommended in order for most patients to discontinue isolation.

There have been nationwide delays in obtaining results for diagnostic testing. Dr. Karen Landers, medical officer for the Northern and Northeastern Public Health Districts, emphasized the importance of patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to isolate at home after being tested for the virus. She cautioned, “While waiting for their test results, these persons are likely to be contagious and need to receive instructions from a doctor or the Alabama Department of Public Health before returning to work and leaving their residence.”

Additional revised CDC guidelines include the following:

  • If COVID-19 patients have had a fever, the recommended number of hours that have passed since their last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications is reduced from 72 to 24 hours to discontinue isolation.
  • Asymptomatic persons can discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARDS-CoV-2 RNA.
  • For persons who were diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 and remained asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date symptoms began for the initial COVID-19 infection.
  • For persons who never developed symptoms, the date of the first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA should be used in place of the date of symptom onset to determine length of isolation.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit alabamapublicheath.gov.

July 23, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Start date remains August 12th with many precautions in place

July 21, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health updates Mask Requirement FAQs

The "Safer at Home" Mask Requirement FAQs has been updated to include information on schools (see question 7):

7. Does this requirement apply to schools?

The new mask or facial covering requirement, which expires on July 31, applies in the school setting. The requirement, however, is limited to people interacting with others within six feet of “an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered.” Although some areas of school property may be open to the public, others may not. Additionally, the mask and/or facial-covering requirement contains various exceptions, including ones for people who are six years of age or younger and for people with a medical condition or disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering.

July 20, 2020: Baldwin County Health Department - Drive-in COVID-19 testing offered Monday through Friday in Robertsdale

July 16, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: temperature checks, masks required, sanitation and transportation

July 15, 2020:  Governor Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to July 31 with no major changes

Beach info: 

With Alabama's beaches open, it is critical that everyone follow CDC social-distancing guidelines, which will be enforced.

  • All beachgoers must maintain a 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks while in businesses and restaurants - if not already required, and the need for personal responsibility is paramount. Having our beaches open is a privilege and each of us has a responsibility to do our part.  

City of Orange Beach Personal Responsibility flier concerning Covid-19

Following the CDC guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our beaches open. For more information about COVID-19, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19. ‬ 

For up-to-date information about restaurants, businesses and tourism-related issues, visit www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus

June 26, 2020: "Roadmap to Reopening Alabama Schools" announced by State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey

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Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health press releases and information: 

To see emergency orders issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health, go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html.

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CITY UPDATES

The City of Orange Beach continues to proactively monitor updates from local, state and federal agencies and health officials about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the U.S. This is a dynamic and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for updates.  

The Alabama Department of Public Health is the lead agency in sharing COVID-19 information, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find information directly at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and a hotline - 1-888-264-2256 - has been established for questions related to symptoms and where to get tested in Alabama. For questions at the county level, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency has set up a hotline at 251-943-5061 and posts regular updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BaldwinCountyEMA

  • PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE FROM ORANGE BEACH POLICE: When requesting emergency services, we are always here to serve and protect paradise, but if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know. Sharing this information with emergency dispatchers will allow our first responders to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. 

CITY OFFICES

  • Most city offices, including City Hall and Community Development, are open with proper health precautions in place. The public is encouraged to handle as much business as possible via phone or online. City Hall can be reached at 251-981-6979 and Community Development at 251-981-2610. Following is a list of city-managed facilities and their status:
  • ORANGE BEACH SENIOR CENTER: The Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed until further notice. 
  • COASTAL ARTS CENTER: The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is open and practicing safe-distancing policies. No individual glass or clay classes are available at this time but the gift shop and gallery resumed normal hours of Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For any questions, call the Coastal Arts Center at 251-981-2787.​
  • FINANCE DEPARTMENT: The Al Bradley Financial Center’s lobby and drive-through are open. Call the following numbers for additional assistance as well: Business Licenses/Taxes at 251-980-2159 or 251-981-6781; Sewer/Garbage at 251-981-6096.
  • MUNICIPAL COURT: Orange Beach Municipal Court resumed in-person trials and hearings on May 18th. Only individuals with cases set on pre-scheduled dates and times will be admitted in the Orange Beach Municipal Courtroom. All individuals entering the courtroom will be screened and assessed for any potential health concerns (symptomatic, exposure, etc.).
    • If you have a case and wish to have a trial, you must contact the Court to schedule a date and time.
    • Court offices remain open with a policy of one person allowed at time if you would like to settle your case without having to appear.
    • Call the court for further information at 251-981-2444.    
  • RECREATION CENTER: The 24-hour access to the Fitness Center remains accessible with a current membership. The center is open but is not doing day passes, guest passes or non-resident memberships at this time.  For more information, visit the Recreation Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachRecreationCenter
  • AQUATICS CENTER: The Aquatics Center reopened with restrictions in place. Only current members are allowed to use the facility until further notice. 
  • GOLF CENTER: The Golf Center is open and is following protocols established by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • MUSEUM: The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum has reopened with normal hours - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • KIDS PARK:  The City of Orange Beach’s Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park is open with limited equipment available such as the shaded pirate ship, and swings.  
  • While most city-managed facilities have reopened, it is at an individual’s discretion to visit, based on recommendations from health officials. Keep in mind the following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ADPH:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Practice social-distancing strategies such as staying 6 feet apart from other individuals.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid large gatherings (outside of close family), and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.​

LIBRARY

  • The Orange Beach Public Library is open with normal business hours and with proper social-distancing protocols in place. To those with concerns, curbside pick-up is available. Call 251-981-2923 for assistance. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is currently not offering in-house programming. Check the library's website at www.orangebeachlibrary.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachPublicLibrary for more information on it virtual programming and services. One-on-one tech help and test proctoring is available by appointment only. Call Mr. Jason, our reference librarian, at 251-981-8179 to schedule.

STATEWIDE COVID STATISTICS

(Latest update) As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 8th, out of 1,664,090 people tested there were 27,044 hospitalizations, and 229,007 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - 9,974 in Baldwin County. As of the latest update, 3,496 deaths were reported in Alabama and confirmed to be Coronavirus cases. The county-by-county breakdown is as follows: 

  • 141 in Baldwin County  
  • 529 in Jefferson County
  • 383 in Mobile County
  • 248 in Montgomery County
  • 186 in Tuscaloosa County
  • 161 in Madison County
  • 127 in Calhoun County
  • 113 in Walker County
  • 92 in Tallapoosa County
  • 78 in Shelby County
  • 71 in Lee County
  • 71 in Etowah County
  • 70 in Elmore County
  • 62 in Talladega County
  • 59 in Dale County
  • 59 in Marshall County
  • 59 in Morgan County
  • 57 in St. Clair County
  • 57 in Lauderdale County
  • 56 in Cullman County
  • 54 in Chambers County
  • 50 in Colbert County
  • 48 in Limestone County
  • 46 in Blount County 
  • 46 in Chilton County
  • 46 in DeKalb County
  • 46 in Houston County
  • 42 in Butler County
  • 42 in Autauga County
  • 39 in Bibb County
  • 38 in Covington County
  • 36 in Lawrence County
  • 36 in Marion County
  • 34 in Dallas County
  • 34 in Franklin County
  • 32 in Hale County
  • 32 in Escambia County
  • 31 in Crenshaw County
  • 30 in Barbour County
  • 30 in Lowndes County
  • 27 in Clay County
  • 25 in Coffee County
  • 25 in Winston County
  • 24 in Marengo County
  • 24 in Cherokee County
  • 23 in Jackson County
  • 23 in Clarke County
  • 22 in Macon County
  • 22 in Pickens County
  • 22 in Sumter County
  • 22 in Randolph County
  • 22 in Washington County
  • 20 in Bullock County
  • 20 in Choctaw County
  • 18 in Wilcox County
  • 18 in Greene County
  • 16 in Fayette County
  • 15 in Conecuh County
  • 15 in Pike County
  • 14 in Cleburne County
  • 12 in Geneva County
  • 11 in Monroe County
  • Eight in Lamar County
  • Seven in Perry County
  • Seven in Henry County
  • Five in Russell County
  • Four in Coosa County
  • For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website
  • On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and authorized Mayor Tony Kennon to take all actions necessary and allowed by Alabama law to protect public health and safety. The declaration will help the city in its response to COVID-19 and the possible future reimbursement of expenses related to the continued protection of the public.  Additionally, the council passed an ordinance to ensure proper enforcement of the state emergency order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 19. 

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

City ready to help individuals most at risk during COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Tony Kennon and the City of Orange Beach stand ready to assist residents who are most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. 

The city is organizing police, fire, logistics, and other city staff and volunteers to help senior adults who are homebound, immunocompromised, or are limited due to chronic health problems, such as COPD and cardiovascular disease. 

City staff and volunteers will be able to run errands, get groceries and any other necessities. We can help coordinate and address medical needs through local physicians. The city has spoken to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and will be in touch with individual pharmacies as we look to pick up medications for senior adults as well. 

The city will be working with restaurants and other vendors to provide meals and other services, where possible.

“We are looking at meeting any and all needs during this time,” Mayor Kennon said. “We want to help in any way we can, just please call us.”

The mayor’s office maintains a list of high-risk individuals who city staff and first-responders check on and can assist, as needed. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to Mayor Kennon’s office at 251-981-6810 or email hbryant@orangebeachal.gov

“We know that this virus is serious and this is a very scary time, as the unknown always presents the scariest of all scenarios,” Mayor Kennon said. “While there is still much data to be gathered about Coronavirus, we know for a fact that those over 65 and individuals with compromised health are most at risk. We are here to help protect you.”

  • The Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores provides food and emergency aid to low-income families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. The center is located at 317 Dolphin Ave. in Gulf Shores. The phone number is 251-968-5256. If you need help or know someone who does, please call for more information. Due to the Coronavirus, the center is providing assistance by telephone only and can have a care package prepared before clients arrive. The center is also in need of volunteers. Call for more information. 
  • Christian Life - The Island Church is also providing assistance to those in need. For more information visit, theislandchurch.tv and click on “I Have a Need”.
  • Meals on Wheels: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.

SCHOOLS

  • Find updates for Orange Beach schools on the Baldwin County Public Schools website at www.bcbe.org.

GULF STATE PARK AND OTHER VISITOR INFORMATION

The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and the CDC provides detailed information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.   

TESTING FOR COVID-19

  • Any individuals who have questions about being tested for COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider to make arrangements for testing. It is important to call your healthcare provider's office before going in to let them know you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed to COVID-19.
  • For individuals who do not have a healthcare provider to call, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has opened a call center for people with questions about being tested for COVID-19. The toll-free number is 1-888-264-2256
  • If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call 251-341-2819 for testing information and locations in Baldwin County.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IN ORANGE BEACH

SOUTHERN RAPID CARE

Southern Rapid Care knows there is a growing concern as the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve.  They are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., offering in-house telemedicine services, and online appointments. Southern Rapid Care is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the community. 

Rest assured, they are taking necessary precautions and additional safety measures to decrease COVID-19 risk, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. If you are concerned you have, or have been exposed to Coronavirus, call 1-888-264-2256. If you have a medical emergency please call 911, and notify the dispatcher you suspect you have Coronavirus. 

Southern Rapid Care is encouraging everyone to use telemedicine when possible. Its Telemedicine Line is 1-251-284-4469 to schedule an appointment. They are able to speak to you and see you by video from your own home to ensure ongoing care that is as safe as possible. They will also be able to determine quickly whether you need to come into the clinic or if treatment can be provided remotely.  

They encourage you to stay hydrated, rest, and seek medical attention when needed. The clinic is located at 25910 Canal Road, Suite D in Orange Beach. 

AMERICAN FAMILY CARE

American Family Care Orange Beach is maintaining its usual hours and services and offering a telehealth program. They are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. 

Due to the safety requirements for COVID-19, they have put several changes in place. The company has put in place a telehealth program to screen those who need testing. You can call 888-881-1048 to talk to a provider. Those who meet the criteria for testing will be directed through a process to be seen at American Family Care and tested. You can also go online to afcurgentcare.com/telecare for screening.

For other illnesses or injuries, come to the clinic at 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. or call 251-974-3004. They have procedures in place to evaluate you and treat the usual wide range of issues that we can treat without putting you at risk for infection.

DR. RYAN FORBESS - SOUTH BALDWIN MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic in Orange Beach, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, remains open and is also offering telehealth calls in some circumstances. He wants to reassure the community that the clinic is here for all of their medical needs while still making their safety his highest priority. He is accepting new patients. 

Dr. Forbess’ clinic is at 4223 Orange Beach Blvd., Suite A. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 251-981-2184.

PHARMACIES IN ORANGE BEACH (All hours subject to change)
  • CVS Pharmacy - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  251-974-1590
  • Publix Pharmacy at The Shoppes at Palm Pointe -  Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-980-1445 (Closed for lunch 2-2:30 p.m.)
  • Walmart Pharmacy - Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-974-1824 (Closed for lunch 1:30-2 p.m.)  
  • Walgreens - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-981-7019 

BUSINESSES

WHAT IS COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu – fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It is NOT the same as other coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans, such as the common cold.

  • Per the Alabama Department of Public Health, in most cases, people do not need to be hospitalized. Just as with the flu, the virus appears to be most dangerous to people who are older than 65 or those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems.

  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission (such as droplets expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze and don’t cover your mouth). How easily the virus is transmitted between persons remains unclear.

  • The CDC estimates that symptoms of COVID-19 occur within 2-14 days after exposure.

  • The CDC has developed a test to determine if someone has COVID-19, however there is no vaccine to protect against it nor a specific antiviral treatment for it.

  • Keep in mind several types of common respiratory viruses are currently circulating in the United States including common coronavirus types, common colds and the flu. So not all people with the symptoms will have COVID-19; they may have the flu.

Remember this is a fluid and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for local updates and the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC for critical updates. Thank you.

Additional Resources: 

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Fraud Alerts - https://www.oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus/fraud-alert-covid19.asp

Baldwin County Public Schools: https://www.bcbe.org/  

Baldwin County EMA: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA

Coastal Alabama Business Chamber: https://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com/