Ivey issued a limited state of emergency aimed at giving medical providers flexibility on staffing and capacity decisions and easier shipment of emergency equipment and supplies. The Republican governor stressed she would not be issuing any closure orders or mask mandates.
”I want to be abundantly clear: there will be absolutely no statewide mandates, closures or the like. This state of emergency is strategically targeted at removing bureaucracy and cutting red tape wherever we can to allow our doctors, nurses and hospital staff to treat patients that come through their doors,” Ivey said in a statement.
The order came as an increase of COVID-19 cases is putting stress on Alabama hospitals. On Friday, of the state’s 1,567 intensive care unit beds, 689 are filled with COVID-19 patients and 39 are vacant.
The Associated Press contributed to this report