“All of us want to make sure we play football this fall,” Saban says in the video, addressing the camera. “And to make that happen, we must be sure we stay at home if we have symptoms, wash your hands often, follow all social distancing guidelines and please wear a mask anytime you’re around other people.”
On Wednesday, al.com reported that at least 10 construction workers who were renovating Alabama’s football stadium had tested positive for the coronavirus. The workers returned to the project Monday after a weekend deep-cleaning of the site by the construction company.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced Thursday that she would be amending the state’s reopening plan — started this month — to allow for movie theaters, bowling alleys and child-care facilities to reopen Friday evening as long as they follow rules on social distancing and sanitation. Athletic practices in the state may resume Saturday, with games allowed June 15. In announcing the amended order, Ivey encouraged residents to wear face coverings.
Ivey continued to loosen restrictions in the state even though Alabama Department of Public Health data shows increases in seven-day and 14-day coronavirus case averages. Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are predicting those numbers will continue to rise in all areas of the state, perhaps steeply.
On Wednesday, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed (D) said the city is facing a shortage of intensive care beds and is diverting patients to Birmingham.
“They’re at a capacity that is not sustainable,” he said. “Our health-care system is maxed out.”
This week, West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins appeared in a mask PSA that included Sen. Joe Manchin III (D).