Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said it would be difficult to enforce a statewide mask mandate, especially since some local agencies aren’t enforcing the current order.
“Folks are not following the restrictions we’ve offered,” Governor Ivey said.
Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health said the state is in an uphill battle with COVID-19. In the last two weeks nearly 11,000 Alabamians contracted the virus. That’s more than a quarter of the total since the pandemic began. Currently there are only 275 ICU beds left in the entire state.
The state is using federal funds to replenish its stockpile of personal protection equipment that hospitals and other health care agencies so desperately need. Harris said personal responsibility is the key to declining numbers.
“This is really a time for us to step up and take responsibility for our own behavior,” Harris said.
Tuesday, Governor Ivey extended her Safer At Home Order until July 31st.