COVID-19

Note: The information on this page was originally posted on the Governor of Alabama’s website. Original content may be viewed at the below link. https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/covid-19/

Public Health Information

COVID-19, caused by exposure to the novel coronavirus, is a serious respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person. To take direct action against this critical public health emergency, Governor Ivey has formed a high-level task force to coordinate a response. On March 13, 2020, on recommendation from the State Health Officer, Gov. Ivey declared a state public health emergency exists in the state of Alabama.

Governor Ivey reminds Alabamians that all non-work gatherings of 25 persons or more, or non-work gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited.

View the current State Public Health Order here.

Governor Ivey urges all Alabamians to stay vigilant and to take precautions to avoid exposure.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

Learn more about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-270-7268 or email the Alabama Department of Public Health at covid19info@adph.state.al.us. Telephone calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation, call the Alabama Department of Public Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

The ADPH posts updated case numbers daily here.

Those who suspect they have COVID-19, those waiting on test results, and those with COVID-19, should visit COVID-19 Resources for Patients.

Unemployment Resources

The Alabama Department of Labor has announced that Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 are eligible to file for unemployment benefits.

Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. (Online filing is encouraged.)

Get more information on the Alabama Department of Labor’s COVID-19 web page.

Business Resources

Alabama small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Business owners can apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan here.

Governor Ivey and the Alabama Department of Revenue have extended the state income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. Read the announcement.

Get additional information on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 web page.

The Alabama Department on Commerce is offering an online guide to COVID-19 Resources for businesses and workers.

Child Assistance

Break for a Plate ensures all Alabama children can continue to receive nutritious meals while schools across the state are temporarily closed. Break for a Plate offers two free meals each day to kids and teens up to 18 years of age. Get Break for a Plate information here.

The Alabama State Department of Education has created two email addresses to assist parents and employees with questions.

If you are a parent and have a COVID-19 related question, email COVID19PARENTS@ALSDE.EDU.

If you are a school employee and have a COVID-19 related question, email COVID19SCHOOLS@ALSDE.EDU.

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Born Ready initiative has launched a website to assist parents and caregivers with resources and brain-boosting activities to help their children while at home.

Volunteer / Donate Blood

If you would like to volunteer during this COVID19 outbreak, please visit the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services website.

Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD) has issued a list of volunteer guidelines here.

Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit American Red Cross to learn more and where to donate.

Stay Informed

In these challenging times, you need accurate information to make informed decisions. Get your information from trusted sources and don’t believe rumors.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for national COVID-19 updates.

View the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Coronavirus Rumor Control web page.

The World Health Organization has created a myth-busting web page to dispel some false impressions about COVID-19.

If you would like to report Coronavirus fraud, visit the Department of Justice website.

Stay up to date with news from Governor Ivey.

Additional Resources From Alabama State Agencies

Last updated March 26, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.