As the Last Mask Mandate in Alabama Expires, COVID-19 Case Average Continues Decline

Coronavirus illustration. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Alabama’s rate of new COVID-19 infections continues on a downward slide as the city of Birmingham ends its requirement that people wear face masks indoors.

On Monday, Birmingham’s mask ordinance was allowed to expire without another extension. The statewide ordinance expired last month, leaving no governmental mask requirements left in the state. Businesses still may require masks and social distancing at their discretion.

On Tuesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 306 new cases of the virus across the state. The 7-day moving average has fallen to 279.86 cases per day, the lowest mark since May 5, 2020.

Twelve deaths in Alabama attributed to COVID were reported Tuesday. The 7-day average has been on a slight rise, now standing at 11.57 per day.

Jefferson County reported no new deaths and 32 new cases.