Ivey extends mask order

Marion County High School (MCHS) assistant coach Seth Seaborn is shown masked up during MCHS’s game against Meek on Friday, Oct. 2.

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her 18th supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes an extension to the 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, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Sunday, November 8, at 5 p.m.
The order will remain in full force and effect until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, unless extended, rescinded or modified in writing before that time.

No known at-school transmission

Health measures taken by local public school systems are successful thus far, according to school administrators.
During a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told members of the Marion County Board of Education that administrators have not seen any evidence of COVID-19 transmission at school.
“There is no knowledge of spread from students being in school,” West said. “I think our schools are doing very well.

Camps struggle under COVID health orders

Local camps have had a unique challenge while attempting to plan programs this summer.
Regulations and guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have left camp administrators with limited options for hosting campers.
Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton has had to cancel the first four weeks of its camping season. Trinity Camp in Guin has made the difficult decision to cancel camp altogether.

‘We believe we might see another surge’

WINSTON COUNTY - In a press conferences Thursday morning, May 28, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and U.S. Senator Doug Jones discussed the increase in COVID-19 cases in Alabama over the last week, an increase that cannot be attributed to an increase in testing, but might have to do more with Alabamians’ personal behavior.
Jones hosted the virtual press conference on his Facebook page, opening the meeting by discussing how the U.S. now has over 100,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, a grim milestone.

Safer at Home order amended further

Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a press conference on Thursday, May 21, where she announced that State Health Office Dr. Scott Harris would be updating Alabama’s Safer at Home order.

MONTGOMERY -  Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order on Thursday, May 21, to be applied statewide.
The order, which includes an expanded list of items to reopen, went into effect Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. and will expire on Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m.
This order effects the opening of entertainment venues, athletics programs, educational facilities, daycare programs and various camping facilities.


Thompson: ‘We never should have been closed’

Thompsons Menswear in Hamilton reopened its doors on Friday, May 1, after Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allowed for retail stores to continue operation.

HAMILTON - Hamilton business owner Ray Thompson of Thompson’s Menswear expressed his delight in finally being able to open his doors to the public on Friday, May 1, after the end of the curfew enacted by Gov. Kay Ivey and Marion County.
“It’s been rough on us,” said Thompson, “I’m proud to open, we never should have been closed. I hope we can do some business, it’s going to be hard to get people back.”

Death toll rises to six

Marion County’s death toll has risen to six, according to data published from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
The mortality rate for Marion County remains unproportionally high at 20.2 deaths per 100,000 people, placing it as the third-highest out of 67 counties in the state with.
The county’s total number of cases now sits at 83 as of Monday, May 4--an additional nine cases from the previous week--giving it a per capita rate of 279 cases per 100,000 people. Marion County is number 17th in the state for cases per capita.

County extends curfew order

Marion County Emergency Management Agency Director Eric Terrell is shown addressing Marion County during the press conference held on Thursday, April 16, at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton

HAMILTON -  Marion County Probate Judge Paige Vick announced that the county has extended the curfew order to Thursday, April 30, as opposed to its original end date of April 17.
This was announced during a press conference held in front of the Marion County Courthouse on Thursday, April 16.

Nursing home cases of COVID-19 rising

Coronavirus cases and deaths are surfacing inside of some Marion County long-term care facilities.
As of presstime on Monday, April 20, there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marion County with five reported deaths.
The county currently has one of the highest mortality rates in the state, with a rate of 16.8 deaths per 100,000 people. It also has one of the highest cases per capita, with 205 cases per 100,000 people.

Marion County has third-highest death rate in state

Marion County currently has the third-highest coronavirus mortality rate in the State of Alabama while neighboring counties have yet to report a single death.
According to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), out of 67 Alabama counties, Marion County currently has three reported deaths, resulting in a death rate of 10.1 per 100,000 people. According to 2019 Census data, the county has a population of 29,709.
According to the ADPH, the county is currently reporting 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 159 local tests administered.