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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey shuts down practically everything in Alabama (even the beaches on the Gulf Coast) that her office has deemed "non-essential" as have many other mayors and governors in cities and states across the nation. Do you believe such measures right or wrong?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide health order that includes new drastic measures to stop the thread of the coronavirus.
Hers is the email her office sent:
Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Thursday issued a statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).Statewide through April 5:
  • All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.
  • Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Governor Ivey continues to encourage patrons to visit their local eateries for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols include maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
  • All beaches will be closed effective today at 5:00 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
  • Preschools and childcare centers will be closed effective at close of school or business today. This shall not apply to licensed childcare centers that provide services exclusively to employees with: State and Local Governments, First Responders (including EMS and Fire Services), Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities), End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Centers, Pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Effective immediately, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
  • All elective dental and medical procedures shall be delayed, effective immediately.
Governor Kay Ivey: “Despite our best efforts, the threat of the Covid-19 virus continues to spread and, unfortunately, we have not yet reached peak impact. The decision to place regulations upon Alabamians living in Jefferson County and its surrounding counties was an effort to contain the area in which the virus has been prevalent in our state.“As of this morning, 68 individuals have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Alabama. While I am pleased that many of our citizens are self-regulating and are practicing social distancing, we want to ensure that Alabama is doing our part to flatten the curve.“Closing Alabama beaches is not a simple decision but one that I came to with the consultation of our elected officials along the coast and members of my administration. After many rounds of conversations with local leaders, in which we discussed several options, I have decided to close beach access in any form. Since we do not want to promote social gatherings, keeping the beaches open sends the wrong message to the public. At this moment, the safety and wellbeing of Alabamians is paramount.
“In addition, we rely heavily upon our first responders and critical healthcare workers to help those who are ill, as well as essential state government employees to keep the continuity of government, and many of them struggle with dependent childcare if daycares close. As a result, I have asked the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Alabama Department of Public Health to explore emergency rulemaking to make critical exemptions to allow for daycare to be provided for these areas of crucial personnel.“My administration – and all the services of state government – are going to be as flexible as humanly possible to help make your government work for you during the coming days and weeks. I want to the thank the people of our great state for their continued patience and for taking great care of themselves and each other during this pandemic.”UPDATE: “ADPH is working to provide clarifying information in regards to today’s order, particularly the provision on social gatherings and its applicability to employers. Further clarification will be provided on Friday March 20, 2020.”
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris: “We understand that the health orders issued will be a hardship on Alabamians. We must, first and foremost, protect the health and safety of our citizens. This decision has not been made lightly and will help to prevent the spread of this virus.”Harris said, “We’re all stressed about getting enough materials to conduct the COVID19 tests, there are shortages nationally, we haven’t had any yet here, but are concerned that could happen. We’re trying to get some leverage for supplying Alabama.”
Harris went on to say they have more testing sites ready to go but don’t have the supplies yet to do that.
Former State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson says the state of Alabama has 1344 ventilators, on average day about 550 are in use, and we have surge capacity of 800.



20 comments:

  1. It's a crock, for God's sake.

    The whole thing is ridiculous.

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  2. All of these overreaching shutdowns should be answered with resistance - at the very least in the form of withholding any tax payments.

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  3. I didn't think we gave these folks that kind of power. I'm not for it. I believe they should ask private businesses to close.

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  4. I agree it is right for certain levels of right to try to protect people from the stupidity of others. but is it within the law? not unless the governor/mayor declares martial law.

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  5. Right and wrong. We are Americans. But what does that mean anymore? Some of us will stay at home not for ourselves but because of those we care about who are high risk. Some will say F it, I’m what matters and ain’t no one gonna tell me how to live. The right answer? Somewhere in between, as is always the answer. Nothing is black and white in the “societal scheme”! Freedom is difficult but means that you have to let others exercise their freedom as well, even if you are against it. Now, if their freedom infringes on my rights, then we have a problem as my rights will very quickly infringe on their freedom.

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  6. About time to tell mayors and governors to fuck off and die. Recall them and/or vote them out!

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  7. Where are all the sick people that are causing these closures?

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  8. Of course by now you have heard that the entire state of California has been shut down....

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  9. Y'all got legal marijuana dispensaries down there yet?

    I can guarantee you they won't be closed.

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    1. Not yet. I was surprised to see the Senate just approved the use of "medical Marijuana".

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  10. These are the soul brothers of the people who ban smoking on the decks of ferries.

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  11. This is practice time for what will happen on November 4, 2020 regardless of who wins.

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  12. Nearly all politicians want to be some nasty combination of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and all the disgusting rest.

    There needs to be a vote at the end of every politicians term as to whether he/she ought be put to death when he/she leaves office.

    There'd be a lot of the fuckers deader'n hell, and properly so.

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  13. They Should Have Called It ‘CONTROL’-avirus
    Former U.S. Presidential Candidate Ron Paul really nailed it with his March 16, 2020 article entitled “The Coronavirus Hoax”:

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  14. The fucking malls in Mobile are not closed. My wife works at Dillard's & they aren't closed. If she catches that shit I'll burn that shit hole to the ground.

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  15. 6 foot distance isn't going to help when everyone uses the same door handles, public restrooms, handrails, and currency, for starters.
    What bullshit.
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    1. How Dare You apply logic to the situation!
      You are harshing my Feelz man.

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