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Governor Ivey dismisses question about lack of press conferences amid coronavirus pandemic

(WPMI) Governor Ivey dismisses question about lack of press conferences amid coronavirus pandemic
(WPMI){ }Governor Ivey dismisses question about lack of press conferences amid coronavirus pandemic

The last time Governor Kay Ivey addressed the state about the coronavirus was 40 days ago, when she instituted the current "safer at home" order that she extended Tuesday.

During Tuesday's news conference, at the request of NBC 15 News, the governor was asked why it's taken her nearly six weeks to address Alabamians about the disease.

"Well, this disease goes in stages, you know, and once you make an order, you need to wait at least two weeks to see the effect and outcome and see where you are at the end of that time. So we just had a stay at home order and this one lasted longer than most, so," she replied.

We asked again why she waited four more weeks after that two-week period following her original stay at home order.

"If you want, come. I'd be glad to meet with you," she said.

We would be glad, too, and we've made that request for that meeting.

So, is 40 days a reasonable time to wait to offer guidance during this pandemic?

We looked at two other southern governors with surging cases to compare: Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

According to DeSantis' press schedule, the Florida governor held at least 10 news conferences in that same 40 days at different locations across the state.

As for Texas Governor Abbott, we checked with the governor's office and his itinerary shows Governor Abbott has held five news conferences in the past 40 days and has conducted 139 television and radio interviews in that same period.