For the most current city information, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/news/covid-19-updates. This page is no longer being updated.
Concerning precautionary and preventative measures related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Orange Beach continues to follow guidance as directed by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
- As of Monday, March 16th, there are 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - one of which was confirmed by North Baldwin Infirmary, an affliate of Infirmary Health, in Baldwin County. See the Infirmary Health press release. For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website.
- While we are open for business and taking all necessary precautions, events may be postponed or cancelled by the organizers at their discretion. Please contact the event organization to determine the status of a specific event.
- Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism is maintaining an informational page for visitors at www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus. A majority of restaurants, attractions and businesses in our area are open for business, but may be operating at reduced capacity or reduced hours, per guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
- Late Friday afternoon, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a State of Emergency in order to close all state public schools for two-and-a-half weeks beginning at the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18th. According to that timetable, schools will reopen on Monday, April 6th; however, Baldwin County and Gulf Shores school systems have spring break scheduled for that week so our local students will not return to school until Monday, April 13th.
Please keep in mind the following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ADPH:
- Practice good hygiene, and wash hands frequently
- If you are sick, stay home
- If you are at elevated risk due to serious chronic medical conditions, practice social distancing or stay home
The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html and the CDC provides detailed information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Any individuals who have questions about being tested for COVID-19, they 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. Find more information about testing from ADPH at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/cov-testing.html.
(Updated at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020)