AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - It has now been over two weeks since Gov. Ivey issued a statewide stay-at-home order, and the number of cases of COVID-19 in Alabama has continued to grow.
The stay-at-home order is set to expire on April 30, but could be extended.
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth formed a task force aimed at reopening the state's economy. The group is expected to report its suggestions to Ivey on Wednesday, April 22. Ivey also spoke with the governors of Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee to discuss reopening the states.
According to The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Alabama hit its peak resource use on April 17. As of Monday morning, the state had 4,946 cases of COVID-19. There are over 750,000 cases nationwide and over 36,000 deaths.
The Alabama National Guard has been deployed to disinfect nursing homes that have cases of COVID-19. This comes after several nursing homes in the state have seen a spike in cases, including Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center in Opelika.