08/07/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/07/2020 15:55
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.
The Alabama Department of Public Health notes that a memo issued Thursday by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) says spectators will be allowed to attend football games and other athletic events, but attendance likely will be significantly reduced. Under the state's current Safer at Home public health order:
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris noted that the AHSAA in its memo Thursday said that Best Practices guidance the association issued last month 'was created to mitigate - not eliminate - the risk of COVID-19.' The memo issued Thursday says schools are 'strongly encouraged to establish and follow policies for limiting event attendance in order to comply' with the current public health order, and to require fans to wear facial coverings while entering and exiting the gates, while in the stands, and elsewhere. Dr. Harris stressed that the current public health order applies to schools and school-related events.
In addition, all persons with symptoms and all persons with known exposure to a COVID-19 positive case must quarantine for at least 14 days. Persons who are awaiting test results for COVID-19 should also remain at home until they receive results and guidance from their physician, healthcare provider, or the health department. Having a negative test does not eliminate the requirement for home quarantine when persons are close contacts to a COVID-19 positive case or remain symptomatic without another diagnosis. The Back to School Toolkit provides additional information and is available with other school resources at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/schools.html.
Retesting to obtain negative results, after having COVID-19 infection, is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Thus, repeat testing is not recommended for return to work or school after a person recovers from COVID-19.
For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov. The current Safer at Home order can be viewed at the following: www.alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/assets/order-adph-cov-gatherings-072920.pdf
County health departments throughout Alabama provide a wide range of confidential and professional services. Contact your local county health department for additional information.
Mission: To promote, protect, and improve Alabama's health
Vision: Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Healthy Alabama.
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