June 17, 2020 - Mayor Steven Reed issues Executive Order for Mask & Face Coverings that into effect June 19 at 5 p.m. and requires masks or face coverings in public places within the City of Montgomery to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read More | View Order
June 20, 2020 - Montgomery's 10PM to 5AM curfew is lifted.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Program
In early March 2020, Alabama launched one of the first SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Programs, which helps those who qualify and may not be able to get out to have groceries delivered. Learn More
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and across our state, city leaders have taken proactive steps, but we need the public to do their part by washing their hands, practicing social distancing, cancelling events where large crowds are expected and listening to the recommendations of the ADPH and CDC professionals. Our goal is to slow the spread of this virus so that our healthcare system is not overburdened. Please remain vigilant and make smart decisions as we tackle this together.
How do I protect myself and my family?
You should only leave your home for essential tasks, such as work (if you cannot work from home), getting groceries and supplies or essential medical care.
Try to use delivery services when possible.
Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently any touched objects and surfaces with disposable wipes.
If you are an older adult or have any of the chronic health, avoid all unnecessary gatherings and events.
Watch for Symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover without complications. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to pneumonia, hospitalization or death.
People who are at most risk for severe illness are older adults or those who have chronic health conditions, such as
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. If you have these symptoms, call your primary care provider first. Do not go to the doctor without calling first as you can put others at risk, especially those with compromised immune systems.
City of Montgomery receives 10,000 face shields donated from the Global Center for Medical Innovation and Aflac
Mayor Steven L. Reed today accepted 10,000 donated face shields on behalf of the City of Montgomery from the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) and Aflac.
“Every day, brave front line personnel across our community are treating people infected with the COVID-19 virus, placing their personal health at risk. These face shields will provide much needed protection as we continue to fight this pandemic,” said Mayor Reed.
The shields are intended for frontline employees in higher risk positions, or essential employees, specifically within healthcare, but can be expanded to other areas with approvals and based on need. The clear, lightweight shields provide full protection for full coverage and are reusable following proper guidelines. Montgomery City County EMA staff will be tasked with distributing the masks to various entities across the community.
Once the COVID-19 virus reached pandemic proportions, it became evident that supply chain obstacles were making it nearly impossible to meet the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufactured in China. A group called the Academic-Government-Industry Collaborative for PPE Development, Supply and Production for the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States mobilized quickly to address the need for high-quality supplies produced in this country. Dr. Joanna Newton of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is part of the group.
"The work that went into those shields is the product of hundreds of people from different organizations and manufacturing sites across the country to solve this critical problem," Dr. Newton said.
The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) established a framework to mass produce a face shield design from Georgia Tech utilizing manufacturing processes from ExxonMobil. Insurance provider Aflac was approached for a $500,000 contribution to support the program, but generously gave $2-million.
Montgomery physician Mary Karst, Alabama Power and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce were involved with pursuing face shields in response to growing infection rates in Montgomery.
"There are over 100 people from around the country involved in this effort, and most of us have never met in person before. It is a testament to our national resolve and commitment to defeat this virus,” said retired Brigadier General Trent Edwards, Senior Vice President of Military and Community Development at the Chamber.
Evergreen, Alabama native Sherry Farrugia, CHOA Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, also worked closely to ensure the face shields donation to Montgomery became a reality.