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Masks mandatory through August and students must also wear them

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 11:02 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has extended her face coverings order through August and is also making them mandatory for most students.

Ivey, on Wednesday, said masks must be worn, if possible, by pupils in the second grade and above, including college students. Education employees must also comply with the order.

If has been left up to local superintendents when and how to resume classes that have been shut down since the March. Some plan in person learning while others are opting for virtual learning.

Ivey’s extension had been anticipated as the number of coronavirus cases spiral upward, now north of 80,000. About 1500 people have died. Despite those numbers, there appears to have been slight recent decline. As of Tuesday, the seven-day average for new cases dropped from 1,631 per day to 1,604.

The Institute for Metrics and Evaluation predicts that the number of deaths in Alabama will reach over 3,300 by November 1. However, the model suggests that number would decline by nearly 1,000 if there is 100 percent face covering compliance.

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