Ivey says Alabama ‘open for business’ despite Delta cases: ‘We are moving forward’

Gov. Kay Ivey took to Facebook on Thursday to clarify that Alabama is “moving forward” following comments by a top expert at UAB that the state could be forced to consider new restrictions if Alabama sees a surge of COVID-19 cases this summer.

“Alabama is OPEN for business, Vaccines are readily available, and I encourage folks to get one. The state of emergency and health orders have expired. We are moving forward,” Ivey wrote on Facebook.

Ivey’s comments came in response to an article quoting UAB’s Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, who said Wednesday that she is very concerned about a recent increase in hospitalizations due to the highly infectious Delta variant. She said that if Alabama sees a COVID-19 surge, the state may need to reconsider restrictions.

“When you get to that point and healthcare delivery is threatened and you start to see the death rates increase, you’ve probably gotten past the point where some restrictions should really be…

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