Governor Kay Ivey Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency as the flu virus continues to spread across the state. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients. The statement notes that this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu outbreak. Governor Ivey has implemented the Public Health Emergency where healthcare facilities can follow emergency operation plans and administer alternative standards of care if necessary.
The department is encouraging Alabama residents to stay at home if you have a fever, wash hands, cover your cough or sneeze, clean and disinfect, refrain from visiting sick friends and family, and get the flu vaccine.