Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey just announced a stay-at-home order for the state effective tomorrow at 5 p.m. CST until April 30. Soon after, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a stay-at-home order, which begins at 12:01 Monday, April 6, and will continue until April 24.
Now just nine states have not issued a formal stay-at-home order: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Ivey said, “I am convinced that our previous efforts to limit social interaction and reduce the chances of spreading this virus have not been enough. And that’s why we are taking this more drastic step.”
Ivey said the expected surge in her state is in two to three weeks.
“Our surge of hospitalization will occur in the next two or three weeks,” she said. “Those patients are the ones who will become infected in the next few days. Folks, we need to extend our health orders now.”
The remaining states had come under pressure to order people to stay home except under certain instances during the pandemic.
“First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I love this state and the people of this state,” Parson said in a statement. “The people of this great state clearly define who we are in Missouri, and as Governor, I have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, well-being, and safety of all Missourians.”