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Ivey extends mask ordinance until late January

Gov. Kay Ivey extended Alabama’s Safer at Home order during a press conference held Wednesday morning as COVID-19 numbers continue to soar in the state.

Ivey’s extension goes until Jan. 22, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Ivey acknowledged that nothing about COVID-19 was easy.

“Y’all none of this is easy,” the governor said.

She said that Alabama is facing some of its darkest days, but encouraged Alabamians to adhere to the ordinance and continuing to social distance.

“Y’all, I’m not trying to be Governor Memaw,” she said, acknowledging someone on social media has called her that.

State Health Director Dr. Scott Harris agreed with Ivey that the state is seeing some of its darkest days.

“We are in a difficult time,” he said. “We are looking at some pretty dark days for the foreseeable future. Since February, there has been 15 million cases in the United State, but we are now adding about 1 million cases per week.”

Harris said there are 2,100 people in Alabama in the hospital with COVID-19, which is 500 more than in July.

Harris said the state is urgently waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Harris said the state will get about 40,000 of the Pfizer vaccine, with 15 hospitals in the state being equipped to handle due to cold conditions requirements.

Next, Harris said Alabama will receive Moderna doses of the vaccine, which doesn’t have the same cold conditions.

Crenshaw County has had 51 positive cases in the last 14 days with 214 tested.

There are a total 757 cases in Lowndes County since March with 566 confirmed and 191 probable.

The county also had 31 reported deaths.