Alabama Sees Thousands Of New Coronavirus Cases As It Reopens

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R).Screengrab / Governor Kay Ivey / YouTube

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“I think certainly people have decided that the pandemic is over...that’s a mistake” said Montgomery Mayor Steve Reed.

Amid gradual reopening, Alabama has had more than 4,900 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, according to The Hill.

  • As retail stores, beaches, restaurants, and bars have slowly started reopening, the rate of positive cases has increased from 5 percent at the beginning of May to 8 percent.
  • The majority of new cases have occurred in Alabama’s two most populated counties: Jefferson and Mobile.

The Hill wrote, “Alabama overall has reported more than 15,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic. At least 573 people in the state have died from the virus.”

  • The Hill reported that Montgomery Mayor Steve Reed (D) pushed back against Alabama’s reopening, saying in an interview Monday with CNN that the state has made a mistake in moving away from social distancing guidelines.

People “are ready to get back to their normal way of doing things, and that’s a mistake that we’ve been making over the last few weeks, is we have kind of eased restrictions in this community and across the state,” Reed said. “We’re still in the middle of a crisis. We’re still battling this pandemic.”

The Hill wrote that Alabama’s stay-at-home order ended on April 30th, and Governor Kay Ivey (R) issued a “safer-at-home” order which is to last until July 3rd. The state is currently planning to reopen entertainment venues such as bowling alleys and movie theatres under social distancing guidelines, and educational institutions will reopen June 1st.

Read the full report here.

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