From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the state’s Safer at Home Order until Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at 5 p.m.
In her 20th supplemental emergency proclamation, Ivey extended a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people.
Alabama this week hit a record for the number of people in state hospitals with COVID-19. The state health department has reported more than 280,000 confirmed and probable virus cases and nearly 4,000 confirmed and probable virus deaths in Alabama.
While the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms in most people, it can be deadly for the elderly and people with other, serious health problems.