Covid 19 Info

 

Fire Chief Mike Minchew serves as the local EMA Director for the City of Bay Minette. 

City of Bay Minette Emergency and Severe Weather Manual 

Stay up-to-date with information by following the City of Bay Minette on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Alabama Public Health posts daily updates to this dashboard. This dashboard includes confirmed cases, reported death, and died from illness are reported in real time. The total tested and testing site are updated once a day. 

The State of Alabama has a new website for COVID-19 related information from symptoms to job-related issues. 

Baldwin County EMA has a new notification and alert tools. Text the keywords “alertbaldwin” and “baldwincovid” to 888777 and get in on the information and notifications from Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications today. Learn how to apply here.

View Frequently Asked Questions here

 

Mayor Bob Wills offers an update on the city's continued response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and Gov. Kay Ivey's latest order issued May 8, 2020.

 

 

Other Helpful Links: 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Alabama Department of Public Health 

Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency

Baldwin County Public Schools 

 

TESTING INFORMATION

 

In a joint effort, the city of Robertsdale, the Baldwin County Commission and the Baldwin County Health Department are now offering drive-in COVID-19 testing clinics at the PZK Hall, 17933 Highway 104, Robertsdale, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Days of operation were extended to help ensure availability to the public.

Baldwin County Commission Chair Billie Jo Underwood said, “We have paid close attention to the needs of our citizens during this crisis. The health and safety of our citizens is a priority and it takes collaborations like this with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the city of Robertsdale to respond to these needs.”

District Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers said, "We appreciate the collaboration with the Baldwin County Commission and the city of Robertsdale for working with ADPH to help extend the number of days Baldwin County residents can be tested for COVID-19. The new location provided will help us better serve the public."

Please call the Baldwin County Health Department at (251) 947-1910 for an appointment and to preregister. Calling ahead will help allow for a shorter waiting time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following; fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

These are the requirements for testing:
·        Persons with symptoms
·        Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
·        Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case-by-case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.
Appointments are not required, but persons tested must meet ADPH testing criteria.

ADPH advises the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

·        Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
·        Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
·        Avoid people who are sick
·        Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
·        Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
·        Cover coughs and sneezes
·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
·        Monitor your health

For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Public Health issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until 5 p.m. Aug. 31. You can view the full order here

 

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public Health amended her Safer at Home order on July 15 to include a mandatory mask requirement beginning 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16. The Safer at Home order, including the mask requirement, is set to expire July 31. Gov. Ivey said "personal responsibility is everyone's responsibility" and she implored individuals to "do the right thing and wear a mask."
You can view the full order here.

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public  Health extended the Safer at Home Order on June 30, 2020 to continue through 5 p.m. July 31. Gov. Ivey encouraged all Alabamians to incorporate precautions into their daily lives including wearing masks while out in public, maintaining social distancing and practice good hygiene. You can view the full order here.

 

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public  Health amended the Safer at Home Order on May 21, 2020. These updates take effect 5 p.m. May 22 and ends 5 p.m. July 3, 2020. A copy of the amended order can be found here

 

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public  Health amended the Safer at Home Order on May 8, 2020. These updates take effect Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. A copy of the amended order can be found here

The Governor and Alabama Public Health also issued two supplemental State of Emergencies May 8, 2020 in order to protect businesses as Alabama’s economy gets up and running again. A copy of the eighth supplemental order can be found here and the ninth supplemental order is available here

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public  Health issued "Safer at Home" orders effective 5 p.m. April 30 through 5 p.m. May 15. A copy of the full order can be found here

Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Public Health issued "stay-at-home" orders effective 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4 through April 30. A copy of the full order can be found here.

Under the order, every person is ordered to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform "essential activities" such as to obtain necessary supplies and services, work, take care of others, engage in outdoor activities (with limitations), seek shelter, travel as required by law, etc. Anyone leaviving place of residence should take reasonable steps to maintain 6-feet of separation from other persons.

Attorney General Steve Marshall has provided some guidelines for Law Enforcement for this order.

In partnership with Alabama Public Health, Gov. Ivey has created documents to assist individuals and businesses with Frequently Asked Questions regarding the stay-at-home order. You can download these and review other resources here.  

Gov. Kay Ivey issues a Fifth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19). This new order can be found here

Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health updated the "non-essential" businesses, venues, and activities that shall NOT take place effective 5 p.m. March 28 through April 17.
She also announced that non-business related gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited during this time and strongly encouraged residents to take all precautions and to stay home whenever possible. These orders serve to reduce the spread of #COVID-19. The list of affected businesses and activities will be posted in her order on her website and can also be viewed here

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, March 26, in regard to school closures. Gov. Ivey has announced that students will not return to the traditional classroom setting for the remainder of this school term. After April 6, school systems across the state will be offering alternative learning options. This also means the end of sports and extracurricular activities for this school year. This school year is expected to be concluded by June 6 and the hope is that graduation ceremonies and prom may be able to held later. 

Gov. Ivey issues statement to update public health order (Friday, March 20, 2020). 

Alabama Department of Public Health held a press conference Thursday, March 19, 2020 on Covid-19. Among the announcements:

• All beaches to close at 5 p.m. Thursday (3/19) at either publicly or privately owned.
• Pre-schools and childcare centers to be closed effective end of business Thursday (3/19)
• Any restaurant, bar, brewery shall not allow on-premises consumption of food or drink. (drive through and carry-out only).
ADPH stressed that this is a very serious issue but that "you have the power to protect yourself and your family." They also addressed the availability of testing kits.
Click here to watch the full press conference.

To read the full order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey, click on this link

 

INFORMATION STATION

Frequently Asked Questions: The Alabama Department of Public Health FAQ page provides answers to your most-asked questions about the COVID-19 outbreak.

North Baldwin Chamber Foundation has created the Small Business Relief Fund to assist small businesses in North Baldwin that have experienced a financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Qualifying applicants can be awarded up to $5,000 to help provide some immediate relief to their business. For more information, or to make an application, visit here

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE: information about Alabama public schools and COVID-19 can be found at www.alsde.edu/covid-19. You can also email covid19parents@alsde.edu and covid19schools@alsde.edu for answers.

Baldwin County Public Schools update from Superintendent Eddie Tyler (March 30, 2020): Baldwin County Board of Education wants to make sure its students have either Wi-Fi access at home or they are assigned to a non-digital distance learning curriculum. If your family does NOT have Wi-Fi access at home, please use the link below to complete the information so we BCBE either provide you a hotspot device at no cost to your family to complete this school year or provide you with an alternative non-digital distance learning program. Again, only those families who do NOT have Wi-Fi at home should complete this form. To complete the form, please visit www.bcbe.org/wifi.

Only one device will be issued per family. There is a limited number of devices, so not everyone will be able to get Wi-Fi at home and some families will be given an equivalent non-wifi distance learning program. Devices will be issued based on several priorities including: grade level, location, number of students in household and financial necessity. Signing up is not a guarantee, but it is the first necessary step toward your family beginning the process.

Bay Minette Mayor Bob Wills enourages residents to help do their part to flatten the curve in this video address. The City continues to monitor updates from local, state and federal agencies and health officials about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the U.S. We have established a Covid-19 updates page on this website  where we are sharing that information.

As a preventative measure, The City has closed all city facilities to the public. These departments are still fully-staffed and will continue to operate with alternate forms of customer service. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can reach each of these departments by phone at 251-580-1619. Garbage and Trash services are not affected and will continue to operate normally throughout the city as will our First Responders including our police and fire departments.

As the Emergency Management Director for Bay Minette, Fire Chief Mike Minchew works closely with Baldwin County EMA, Alabama Public Health and local healthcare officials to navigate the area's response to Covid-19. In this video, encourages residents to continue to take precautions over the holiday weekend to help flatten the curve.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The Alabama Department of Revenue has issued an updated deadline for Motor Vehicle Renewals and Registration of new vehicles for the months of March and April. You can read the full declaration here. Tags can still be renewed online and vehicles purchased in Alabama can be registered at any time here

Small Business Administration: Do you need assistance completing SBA's Forms for your Business Disaster Loan? Visit the Aabama Small Business Development Center website for forms and FREE webinar on how to apply.

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Revenue announced March 23, 2020 that the state income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer state income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers. Click here to read the full article. 

 

Kindergarten Registration Available Online: Parents of young children are encouraged to go online now to Baldwin County Board of Education’s website www.bcbe.org/ and follow the directory to “2021 new to Baldwin County” to get registered for kindergarten.

 

Tax Deadline Extension: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday, March 20, 2020 that the Trump administration will move the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. 

 

Coastal Alabama Community College announced March 20, 2020 that it had moved the Summer 2020 registration to April 6. In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Registration and Advising for Summer will still be conducted online. For more information about Summer Registration, visit www.coastalalabama.edu/summerIf you have any questions, please fill out the form at https://bit.ly/2xTeNHv, or send the college a message on Facebook!

 

Baldwin County Commission voted March 19, 2020 to close public access to Fort Morgan Beach area. Earlier in the morning, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Kraft closed access to the public beaches in that city. You can watch the County Commission special meeting here

 

Governor Kay Ivey announced March 19, 2020 that the Primary Runoff Election would be held on July 14, 2020 due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. For more information including deadlines for registering to vote and absentee voting visit http://ow.ly/6v0U50yP2tr

 

North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the City of Bay Minette to help businesses provide creative solutions to curb the economic impact that will be felt by our local businesses. The Chamber has compiled a Social Distance Dining tab on the its website to view restaurants, their contact information, current hours of operation along with services they're offering -- including carry out, curbside or delivery.  The Chamber is also working to compile a list of local retailers and businesses and their current operations status that will also be added to its website soon. For more information, you can also contact the Chamber at 251-937-5665.

 

DO YOUR PART: Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. surgeon general, shared March 19, 2020 about the 15 Days to Slow the Spread initiative urging people to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, saying, “if we can get all America to pitch in for the next 15 days, we can flatten the curve.” For more information on the Initiative, watch this video

 

The United Way of Baldwin County has established a Community Crisis Fund to help increase access to food, basic needs (rent, utilities) and distressed nonprofit support during for Baldwin County. 100 percent of your donation will go to help Baldwin County residents and our community recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. To make a donation, click on this link

 

Free Resources: Visit the Bay Minette Public Library's website at www.bayminettepubliclibrary.org for a listing of free educational resources including virtual field trips, drawing classes, etc. The library staff will continue to update this free resource as information is collection. 

 

Bay Minette Counts: While you're stuck at home in the next couple of weeks, don't forget to check your mailbox for the 2020 Census! The Census can be mailed back in, taken by phone or completed online! Click the link below to fill it out & for more information!

COMPLETING THE CENSUS IS CRUCIAL TO OUR CITY, COUNTY & STATE!! You can complete the information online through this link. 

https://my2020census.gov/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALDWIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY has added a COVID-19 page to its #BaldwinCountyEMA App. 

Visit the App Store to download and stay informed with up-to-date and accurate information. You can also follow Baldwin Emergency Management Agency on Facebook.

Follow Alabama Public Health on Facebook or visit its website at alabamapublichealth.gov.

 

Public Notices

In our efforts to best prevent the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Bay Minette will be closing all offices to the general public, until further notice. This includes Bay Minette City Hall, Bay Minette Public Library, Bay Minette Area Senior Center, Bay Minette Recreation Department, Strike City Lanes, Bay Minette Municipal Court and Magistrate, Bay Minette Public Parks restrooms, and Bay Minette Fire Departments.  Bay Minette Municipal Court and Magistrate and Bay Minette Police Department lobbies opened to the public Monday, May 4, 2020. Admission is limited to one person at a time. 

All public services including police and fire protection, trash and limb service and other administrative services will continue.

At its March 16, 2020 meeting, the Bay Minette City Council approved Resolution 0320-09 to declare a local State of Emergency related to the COVID-19.  

The Bay Minette Public Library is closed to the public until further notice. The book drop is open for returns! The courier service will not run during this time, so all holds have been suspended. Visit our website at www.bayminettepubliclibrary.org to access our digital libraries – Axis 360 and Overdrive. Free wi-fi is available 24/7 in our parking lot and courtyard area. Our Children’s Librarian will offer a Virtual Storytime via Facebook Live @ 10 a.m. everyday!

The City Finance Department is still available to serve you via telephone and email.  Specific contacts are as follows:

Business License Applications and Sales Tax Return Forms can be found by visiting www.cityofbayminette.org/Finance-Department or you can contact:

Pam Wade at pwade@ci.bay-minette.al.us or 251-580-1697

Accounts Payable and Facility Rentals: Kim Curry at kcurry@ci.bay-minette.al.us or 251-937-0384

Accounts Receivable, Cash Receipts and Cemetery: Lynn Quinley at lquinley@ci.bay-minette.al.us or 251-580-1654

General Questions or for City department directory assistance please call or main line at 251-580-1619. 

The Planning & Development Department will require the use of online and telephone contact for answers to issues or questions. Building Permit applications and Zoning forms can be found online at: www.cityofbayminette.org/Planning--Development-Services-Department. 

We can be reached by email for online submittals of permits and questions at:

Building Permit requests - buildingofficial@ci.bay-minette.al.us

Planning & Zoning requests - COBM_Planning@ci.bay-minette.al.us

Inspections may be scheduled by calling the department at (251) 580-1610. Permit applications may be dropped off in the appropriate drop box outside of City Hall. Payments can be made in the form of check, credit card or cashier’s check; please do not leave cash.

Clair Dorough, City Planner, (251) 580-1632 clair.dorough@ci.bay-minette.al.us       

Patrick Robinson, Building Official, (251) 580-1610 buildingofficial@ci.bay-minette.al.us

The City of Bay Minette Municipal Court has canceled the following court dates:

March 16, 2020                    March 30, 2020       April 6, 2020

Please contact the Municipal Court about your rescheduled court dates. Phone Number: 251-580-2558. If you are on a payment plan you may make payments by mailing the Municipal Court a Cashiers check or Money Order made out to: City of Bay Minette and mailed to City of Bay Minette Municipal Court, 300 N. Hoyle Avenue, Bay Minette, AL 36507.

NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

DEFENDANTS NAME OR CASE NUMBER OR TICKET NUMBER MUST BE ON THE MONEY ORDER OR CASHIERS CHECK

Payments may also be made by phone at: 251-580-6553 or online at www.bayminetteal/govtportal.com.

Bay Minette Recreation Department and Strike City Lanes will be closed to the public until further notice. Online registration will continue for upcoming programs including the Kelly’s Kids Summer Camp. Online registration is available at teamsideline.com/bayminette.

Bay Minette Area Senior Center will be closed until further notice.

Carol Hodgson Arena is now open for members only. 

All public park restrooms, playgrounds, sports fields and courts will be closed until further notice.

The City of Bay Minette Municipal Court has canceled the following court dates: March 16, 2020; March 30, 2020; April 6, 2020; April 20, 2020; and May 4, 2020. Please contact the Municipal Court about your rescheduled court dates. Phone Number: 251-580-2558. 

If you are on a payment plan you may make payments by mailing the Municipal Court a Cashiers check or Money Order made out to:  City of Bay Minette. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. DEFENDANTS NAME OR CASE NUMBER OR TICKET NUMBER MUST BE ON THE MONEY ORDER OR CASHIERS CHECK.

Mail to:  City of Bay Minette Municipal Court, 300 North Hoyle Ave., Bay Minette, AL 36507. Payments may be made by phone at: 251-580-6553 or online 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

The Alabama Department of Public Health held a press conference Thursday, March 19, 2020 on Covid-19. Among the announcements:
• All beaches to close at 5 p.m. Thursday (3/19) at either publicly or privately owned.
• Pre-schools and childcare centers to be closed effective end of business Thursday (3/19)
• Any restaurant, bar, brewery shall not allow on-premises consumption of food or drink. (drive through and carry-out only).
ADPH stressed that this is a very serious issue but that "you have the power to protect yourself and your family." They also addressed the availability of testing kits.
Click here to watch the full press conference.
To read the full order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey, click on this link

 

North Baldwin Chamber Foundation has created the Small Business Relief Fund to assist small businesses in North Baldwin that have experienced a financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Qualifying applicants can be awarded up to $5,000 to help provide some immediate relief to their business. For more information, or to make an application, visit here

 

Other Helpful Links: 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Alabama Department of Public Health 

Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency

Baldwin County Public Schools 

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.