Alabama's Safer at Home order and the statewide mask mandate have been extended for five weeks, Gov. Kay Ivey announced in a press conference on Wednesday.

The Safer at Home Order, extended until Nov. 8, was amended to lessen some restrictions on hospitals and nursing homes. Ivey said the order will now allow patients and long-term care residents one caregiver or one visitor at a time.

"To the residents and loved ones caring for someone in long-term living facility, I truly recognize it's been a long, hard year. Today, we are announcing changes to allow loved ones to be reunited safely in these facilities across the state," Ivey said. 
She said the mask order, which was enacted in July, will remain in place until after the election, citing safer polling sites for poll workers and voters as the reason for the extension.
The order requires face coverings to be worn in public by anyone over the age of six, but does allow some exemptions including for those with medical conditions that would prevent them from wearing a mask.  

"Alabama has made real progress. Thankfully, we did not have a surge in COVID-19, as was predicted after the Labor Day weekend," Ivey said. "But my friends, this isn't just luck or coincidence. The fact is, our mask order that we imposed on July 16 is working, and the numbers speak for themselves." 

There were 2,399 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide, according to data released by the Alabama Department of Public Health on Wednesday. Data showed 14,234 new cases had been reported in Alabama within the last 14 days, bringing the state's total confirmed cases to 154,701. 

ADPH listed 17,182 hospitalizations across the state to date. Data showed Lawrence County reported 25 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, with a total confirmed case count at 636. 

For daily updated statistics from ADPH, visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/index.html.

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