Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday that she will be extending her safer-at-home order that includes a statewide mask mandate for another six weeks.
During a news conference Wednesday morning, Ivey said no changes will be made to the existing order which will extend until Jan. 22.
Under the existing order, individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial coverings when in public and in close contact with other people as described in the order.
Currently the state has recorded at least 280,187 Covid-19 cases and approximately 3,985 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Alabama's Health Officer Scott Harris said the state is "in some pretty dark days" with the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Harris said there is optimism with the rollout of the vaccine which Alabama is expecting to receive its first doses by early next week.
The state is expected to receive approximately 41,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first shipment, which Harris cautions will not be enough for the first priority group. Harris said there will be more flexibility with distribution once the state receives the first doses of the Moderna vaccination.
Note: These numbers were released by Alabama’s public health agency and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.