Governor Ivey: Concerned about rise in COVID-19 cases

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 9:39 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) -Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Tuesday extended the “Safer at Home” health order through July 31, but she did not make any major changes to the order.

The governor said speculation that the number of cases rising is tied to Memorial Day activity is concerning and she doesn’t want the same thing to happen from Fourth of July celebrations and gatherings.

Ivey is urging people to maintain 6 feet of social distancing in public places. She said she reserves the right to “reverse course” on the state’s reopening if circumstances demand it.

“What you do affects other people,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris in urging people to wear masks in public and maintain social distancing.

Harris says the number of people tested is rising but also noted that the number of positive tests from that process is also up.

State Rep. Dexter Grimsley also spoke at the news conference. His 58-year-old sister, a nurse, died from COVID-19.

“We do know that COVID-19 is real and we need to better protect ourselves and others,” said Grimsley.

He urged that everyone use common sense, especially during the July 4th holiday when families often get together or people travel and potentially expose themselves to the virus and its spread.

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