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North Alabama mayors support Governor Ivey's decision not to issue a shelter in place order

Gov. Kay Ivey

Every mayor said they support the governors decision to not shelter in place.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 4:40 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 9:38 PM

WAAY31 is getting a lot of emails asking why Alabama isn't issuing a shelter in place or stay inside order. About half of states have one right now.

Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey said she doesn't plan on issuing any similar order even though the number of coronavirus cases grows in the state and nation every day.

WAAY31 called about a dozen local mayors in North Alabama. The ones that answered said they stand behind the Governors decision will follow her leadership on the coronaviurs pandemic.

The CDC and World Health Organization have stressed that staying away from other people is the best way to stay safe.

Boaz Mayor, David Dyar, told WAAY31 over the phone he believes the governor is making the right decision with no shelter in place order.

"The information that they have I believe is better than the information I have. So we are doing to listen to the governor and follow her directions as well as the presidents," said Dyar.

Decatur mayor Tab Bowling agreed with Dyar's statement. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said this,“At present, each area in the state has different situations, and I respect the Governor for looking broadly at local need. In Huntsville, we are abiding by the state health officer’s orders and we have aggressively messaged our community to separate and sanitize. We take the pandemic seriously and have a coalition of healthcare, emergency, business and government leaders working together. We have a strategy and a plan - our application of that plan will be reflected in our community’s success in blunting the wave of illness caused by this virus. ”

Athens mayor, Ronnie Marks, told WAAY31 he is serving on the governors coronavirus task force. He said they are doing daily briefings with experts. Marks said he stands by the governors decision. 

Florence mayor Steve Holt told said if the governor did issue a shelter in place order her office would need to clarify a lot of questions from mayors like himself.

"If the governor makes that call for stay in place we will certainly support her and do what we need to do locally. We will have questions on whats essential and what's not essential," said Holt.

WAAY31 is waiting to hear from the Guntersville and Maidson mayors.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 45263

Reported Deaths: 1007
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5410152
Montgomery4158103
Mobile4129134
Tuscaloosa232142
Marshall172410
Madison14917
Lee141137
Shelby133423
Morgan11215
Walker97824
Elmore94314
Franklin89814
Baldwin8949
Dallas8919
Etowah75013
DeKalb7375
Chambers64227
Butler63428
Autauga61012
Tallapoosa60569
Russell5650
Houston5074
Unassigned50323
Limestone5010
Lauderdale4966
Lowndes47221
Cullman4594
Pike4375
Colbert4086
St. Clair4022
Escambia3966
Coffee3812
Calhoun3765
Covington3707
Bullock36910
Barbour3532
Talladega3177
Hale31421
Marengo31211
Dale2990
Wilcox2948
Sumter28512
Jackson2842
Clarke2776
Winston2633
Chilton2522
Blount2431
Monroe2392
Pickens2366
Marion23313
Conecuh2107
Randolph2099
Macon1999
Choctaw19512
Bibb1941
Greene1868
Perry1791
Henry1363
Crenshaw1253
Washington1117
Lawrence1100
Cherokee1027
Geneva830
Lamar781
Fayette711
Clay692
Coosa591
Cleburne381
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 52039

Reported Deaths: 652
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby11936201
Davidson11205121
Rutherford304035
Hamilton280435
Sumner163652
Trousdale14985
Williamson134015
Knox12098
Out of TN11987
Wilson96317
Putnam9067
Robertson83911
Sevier8303
Bradley7454
Lake6940
Tipton6495
Unassigned6351
Bledsoe6211
Bedford5705
Montgomery5677
Macon4874
Maury3573
Hardeman3524
Hamblen3434
Fayette3232
Madison3052
Loudon2881
Rhea2850
Dyer2543
McMinn23918
Cheatham2321
Blount2293
Dickson2120
Cumberland1834
Washington1740
Lawrence1646
Lauderdale1513
Anderson1442
Monroe1416
Jefferson1372
Gibson1291
Smith1221
Sullivan1212
Coffee1200
Greene1142
Obion1132
Hardin1097
Cocke940
Haywood932
Marshall921
Franklin883
Wayne880
Hickman800
Warren780
McNairy760
Marion744
White733
DeKalb680
Carter651
Lincoln650
Weakley641
Overton631
Giles621
Hawkins622
Roane620
Grundy611
Unicoi550
Campbell511
Carroll481
Claiborne480
Henderson480
Polk460
Henry450
Johnson440
Grainger410
Sequatchie410
Crockett403
Cannon370
Chester350
Perry340
Meigs320
Humphreys292
Jackson290
Morgan271
Fentress230
Stewart230
Decatur220
Union190
Clay180
Scott170
Houston150
Benton131
Moore130
Van Buren70
Hancock60
Lewis60
Pickett60

 

 

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