Yesterday, we held a conference call with Governor Ivey, members of her cabinet, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. With many questions concerning the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to take a moment to update you with some useful websites and information.
First and foremost our state leaders have asked us to help reiterate the need for social distancing. Stay home if you are able. This is vital to flatten the curve and prevent our healthcare facilities from reaching capacity.
The Alabama Department of Public Health currently has 17 operational screening sites and expects to have 25 by the end of the week. Screening sites have also been established by counties and hospitals as well.
The turn around time for results of tests still remains at 24 to 72 hours once initially tested.
State health officials are asking citizens to not go to testing sites if you are not symptomatic. Please visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov or call 1-888-264-2256 for more information on testing sites.
The Commerce Secretary spoke on business loans that would have a long duration term with low-interest rates. These would be allowed for operational expenses. If you are a small business in need of help please visit www.madeinalabama.com and click on the floating banner at the top of the page. The application is fully digital to help expedite the process.
The Department of Labor has taken steps that will expedite certain requirements allowing citizens to get assistance more quickly. Visit www.labor.alabama.gov for more information or to file a claim.
The Department of Senior Services is diligently working to make sure seniors have food and other necessary items. If you need to reach this department please call 1-800-243- 5463.
The Revenue Commissioner reported that Alabama will follow the federal timeline on filing taxes and delay individual income tax, corporate income tax, financial institutions excise tax, and business privilege tax until July 15, 2020. Please visit www.revenue.alabama.gov and scroll to the bottom to gain more information and how it might pertain to you.
As this situation continues to rapidly change, I will continue to update you on the effort to keep all Alabamians safe and our economy strong. I ask you to join me in prayer for our state, our country, and all those on the front lines. We will overcome this with everyone working together.
-District 34 Rep. David Standridge