COVID-19 Updates

Given the recent events and continual recommendations by the CDC, the City of Daphne will continue to post updates and links here in regards to COVID-19. All City of Daphne Operations will continue to be monitored, adjusted and/or updated as necessary for all residents and employees.

Stay up to date with information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline to find out about testing locations and options at 1-888-264-2256 or visit their website at www.alabamapublichealth.gov

March 27, 2020, 11:30am

Playgrounds in the City of Daphne are closing by Saturday, March 28 at 5:00pm in order to comply with the updated statewide Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) order.

Governor Kay Ivey, in conjunction with the (ADPH), have announced a new state-wide health order today that will further prohibit certain activities beginning Saturday, March 28 at 5:00pm until Friday, April 17 at 5:00pm:

  1. Non-work related gathering of 10 or more that cannot observe social distancing
  2. These “non-essential” businesses and activities will fall into one of four broad categories:
  • Entertainment venues
  • Athletic facilities and activities
  • Non-essential "close-contact" service establishments
  • Non-essential retail stores

March 26, 2020 (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Good signs for the Eastern Shore regarding Coronavirus

1. Low demand for today’s testing site at 3Circle Church. Only 156 tests administered today of the 300+ available. Could this signal that there is limited need for testing within our local community? Testing will continue at 3Circle Church again on Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon.

2. Thomas Hospital tested 40 people on Monday at the first drive-up testing in Baldwin County. This testing was by appointment after candidate were screening by phone.

3. To date - we have 5 confirmed cases in Baldwin County. Expect these numbers to increase as there is a large backlog of testing which are awaiting results. Still, the rate of positive tests in Baldwin County are below 5% at this point which is a good sign. Let’s hope this continues.

4. Only 1 the positive tests in Baldwin County is for an "in-patient" at a local hospital. While there are a number of in-patient tests pending, at current moment our hospital beds and ventilators are not a critical issues on the Eastern Shore for our local healthcare providers.

5. Additional drive-up testing is being planned for next week - with details to be released later by the the sponsoring healthcare provider. My office continues to work behind the scenes to assist in any way we can with testing - but the availability of "collection kits" or "testing kits" remain the critical challenge to more testing.

6. New lab testing options are coming online and new partnerships being forged by our local healthcare providers which promise to reduce the current 5-8 day wait time on test results that most providers are experiencing.

7. Although not medically proven, warm weather and sunshine may be helping reduce the spread of coronavirus - which could be great for the City of Daphne and the Coastal Alabama region.

8. The shortage of a number of items at out local grocery and big box stores seems to be easing. Hopefully the supply chain will continue to catch up with demand so that shopping will be easier out our Daphne stores: Rouses Markets, Publix Super Market at Magnolia Place, Walmart Daphne, Sam’s Club, Target Daphne, The Fresh Market. Relief here may significantly reduce stress levels along the Eastern Shore.

9. Our lone hospital on the Eastern Shore is Thomas Hospital. Located in Fairhope, Thomas Hospital is part of the Infirmary Health System which also operates Mobile Infirmary. As such, Thomas Hospital has access to a much larger network of resources which are leveraged to serve our community. We also have additional capacity in Daphne thanks the Infirmary’s recent investment in Thomas Hospital Emergency - Malbis which is one of the first freestanding Emergency Department facilities in the state of Alabama.

10. New methods of testing will benefit some of our local healthcare providers with the recent FDA emergency use authorization of Cepheid’s GeneXpert systems. This announcement means that local healthcare providers that utilize these machines can have their units "recharged" in the near future to be capable to test for SARS-CoV-2 on-site in as little as 45 minutes.

These are all positive signs, but the community needs to remain vigilant in observing the necessary precautions to prevent spread and maintain public health in our community.

March 26, 2020, 5:00pm (Eddie Tyler, Baldwin County Board of Education, via Facebook)

Parents,

When you see the evening news, you will hear Governor Kay Ivey, along with State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, announced today public school students in Alabama will NOT be returning to physical classrooms for the remainder of this school year.

We learned of this information just as quickly as you did today but we have been anticipating such an announcement. Our curriculum teams have prepared for this announcement and we have a plan to continue education with a distance learning program for your children. In fact, we don’t just have one plan, we have multiple plans.

Some students will continue their online course of study much like our virtual students currently learn. Some students will work in a hybrid format with packets of information provided by their instructors.

We will send you detailed information on how this distance learning program will work for you and your family based specifically upon your child’s grade level: graduating seniors, high school students and K through 8 and our exceptional students. You will receive this information next week.

Please continue with practice and enrichment as scheduled through the end of next week. We will hold our spring break as originally scheduled and when we return from spring break on Monday, April 13th, we will begin this new regimen of distance learning.

During this time, we will continue working with our staff and teachers to make sure everyone is prepared to instruct and support this technology, as well as the alternative methods being offered.

Once again, I cannot express to you the incredible team of teachers and support staff we have in our system. All four thousand of our employees have remained on call, working from home and other remote locations as instructed, to support our mission. I have never felt so blessed to work with such an amazing group of people and to live in such an amazing part of the country.

Thank you again for your support of our system and thank you for the patience you have had with our adjustments to this new setting. We have had a very short amount of time to make what is a very dramatic change in how we typically do business and all of us appreciate the positive attitude you and your children have shown throughout this process.

We will be in touch again next week. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Thank you,
Eddie Tyler,
Superintendent
#BaldwinProud #CommunityStrong

March 25, 2020 (Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency)

Baldwin County EMA has exciting new notification and alert tools. If you haven’t yet, text the keywords “alertbaldwin” and “baldwincovid” to 888777 and get in on the information and notifications from Baldwin County EMA.

March 19, 2020, 3:30pm (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Alabama bans the following (effective today) that will affect our community:

* Restaurants & bars banned from on-site consumption
* Childcare & preschool services
* Elective dental & medical procedures
* Visitation at hospitals & nursing homes/long term care facilities
* Any indoor gatherings of 25+ without proper social distancing
* Use of beaches along the Gulf Mexico

See full press release using the following link: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/03/governor-ivey-issues-statement-on-statewide-public-health-order/?fbclid=IwAR0EooBQ3oVJNu-L8XvHv3WOPQN_5ffM8IoAtLr0otKP-D8415H64tRQ4F8

March 18, 2020, 11:00am (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Daphne City Hall will be the closed to the public following close of business on Friday, March 20. This change will directly affect the public’s interactions with following departments: Building Inspection, Community Development, Revenue, Human Resources as well as the offices of the City Clerk and the Mayor. These departments will continue to operate with alternate forms of customer service interactions in lieu of traditional walk up service. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can reach each of these departments by phone at 251-620-1000. Garbage and Trash services are not affected and will continue to operate normally in the City of Daphne. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adjust operations to promote and protect public health in our community.

March 18, 2020 - Daphne Public Library Operational Changes

The Daphne Public Library will be suspending traditional library services and lobby access to the public starting Thursday, March 19. Our operating hours will be Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm. We will continue to offer limited services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff members.

Effective immediately, any new items checked out will be given a four week check out period. During this operational adjustment period, no fines will be charged at our library (please note, this will not eliminate fines owed prior to 3/19/2020).

We are working on details to allow for online check outs of materials that are available from the Daphne Public Library and on daphnelibrary.org, and we will enable pick-up at a safe, designated location. We will continue to monitor this process and adjust as necessary. The library will keep normal check out limits in place (5 DVDs, 5 audiobooks, 5 music CDs, 25 items total per card). The Baldwin County Library Courier system and the Bookmobile will not be in operation; therefore, hold items will be not be available from any other library branches.

You can access your account online at daphnelibrary.org or at baldwincat.org to renew your items or place holds.  You may also call the library at 251-620-2500 for assistance with reference questions, renewing items, placing holds, or information on check out/pick-up details.

We will continue to highlight free online educational opportunities for our residents. Many e-book downloads and student resources are available, including www.avl.lib.al.us and www.tutor.com.

Wi-fi internet access will be provided in outdoor seating and adjacent parking areas.

All library activities and events are cancelled through the end of April. Events following this time will be addressed and adjusted as need be. Please contact the library with any specific questions.

Please follow all updates at the following sites:

  • www.daphnelibrary.org
  • www.facebook.com/DaphnePublicLibrary
  • www.daphneal.com

March 17, 2020 (Public Notice)

At the March 16, 2020 Daphne City Council meeting, the Daphne City Council passed a motion to cancel all City Boards, Committee and Authority meetings for the next sixty (60) days in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and our employees.

The City Council also voted to discontinue use of City Hall meeting rooms to the public and outside groups effective immediately for a period of sixty (60) days.

As of this date, the April 6, 2020 City Council meeting will be held as scheduled.

Please continue to monitor the City of Daphne website for additional updates.

March 17, 2020, 4:15pm - Community Events Canceled

In response to the ongoing events and for the safety of our residents, guests and employees, the following City events have been canceled at this time. They have also been noted and/or removed from our social media and website:

  • Brown Bag by the Bay (originally scheduled for Thursdays, April & May)
  • Daphne Easter Egg Hunt (4/4)
  • Keep Daphne Beautiful Day (4/4)
  • Rockin’ for Recovery Race (4/18)
  • Sunday Sunset Series (4/19 & 5/17)
  • Public Works Day (5/13)

Other events will be addressed as need be, a departmental basis and updated here.

March 17, 2020, 3:00pm - Local School Updates

  • Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) stated in an email earlier today, "As a result of further discussions, there will be NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow (March 18). Our goal was to assist families who had few options for child care or needed time to make arrangements for their children. Based on attendance numbers from today and yesterday, we feel as though that mission was accomplished, and we have given parents ample opportunity to make arrangements.

    Kindergarten through 12th grade parents may come to our campuses through Friday at 4 p.m. to pick up the educational enrichment packets and Chromebooks as directed by your local principal and teachers. Our teachers will be dismissed at the close of business today for the closure. Teachers will remain available via electronic communications."

    After Friday of this week, all school facilities including central office, will be closed. All staff and employees of the system will remain on call and will remain working throughout this closure though they may not be in office or on campus.


  • Bayshore Christian School will be shifting to Teacher Directed Home Learning from March 17th - April 3rd. March 30th - April 3rd is our regularly scheduled Spring Break, so for the next 2 weeks will be in this new model."


Monday, March 16, 2020, 2:00pm (Mayor Dane Haygood)

The City of Daphne has been monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic with specific focus on the guidance provided from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health.  Out of abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and our employees, my office has directed the following changes be implemented to our normal city operations:

  • Daphne Public Works - administrative office is closed to the public. Please call 251-620-2100 for additional information.
  • Daphne Public Library – suspending traditional library services and lobby access to the public effective Thursday, March 19.  We will continue to offer limited services as follows:
    • Circulation Services – circulation via online reservations with on-site pickup and drop-off at the library (*Please note: Reservations of books limited to Daphne Public Library inventory as inter-library delivery services have been suspended by Baldwin County)
    • Internet Access – wi-fi internet access provided in outdoor seating areas and adjacent parking areas
  • Parks and Recreation
    • Athletic Leagues – all athletic league play has been suspended
    • Tournament Hosting – tournaments through April 21 have been cancelled
    • Park Availability – City parks to remain open for recreational use
  • Senior Services
    • Fitness Facility – closed effective Thursday, March 19
    • SAIL Site – suspending traditional dine-in lunch services and transitioning to curbside delivery services for existing Senior Nutritional Program participants

The City of Daphne has taken and continues to take steps to ensure the safety of our residents, employees and entire community.  Some of these steps include:

  • Increasing cleaning and sanitizing of City of Daphne facilities
  • Implementing prudent, precautionary adjustments to our operations
  • Temporarily curtailing business travel
  • Encouraging proper hygiene procedures.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00pm

Local School Closing Information:

Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:30am (Daphne Municipal Court)

In compliance with the administrative order from the Alabama Supreme Court, all Daphne Municipal Court proceedings are postponed to April 21, 2020 and beyond.

Individuals and attorneys will be notified by US Mail of their new court date. Notifications will be sent to the last address provided to the court. Failure to update contact information will not excuse a defendant from missing court. Failure to appear could result in a warrant for your arrest.

 Please contact the court directly for questions or to update your address. We can be reached at 251-620-0500 or via email at daphnecourtadm@daphneal.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 4:30pm (Mayor Haygood, via Facebook)

Remain calm and utilize prudent precautionary measures.

Healthcare/testing - Statewide test kit availability issue has eased and lab processing procedures in place and working according to local healthcare representatives. As testing expands, you should expect local and statewide confirmed cases to spike in coming days and weeks. Major improvements to local testing options will be announced early next week. Stay home if you are not feeling well. If symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for advice/instruction.

Supplies - Retailers are struggling to keep high demand items on the shelf. Recommend maintaining a 2 week supply of essential supplies. Stockpiling is only adding to the hysteria.

Local Closures

Schools -
Public schools in Alabama, including Baldwin County Public Schools, are closing after Wednesday (3/18) for 2.5 weeks

Recreation -
Gulf Coast Rangers Football Club (formerly Daphne Strike). Suspending activities as of 3/13 through 3/29.
Daphne Girls Softball Association. Suspending activities (indefinitely) as of 3/13.

Churches -
Daphne United Methodist Church. After tomorrow’s Sunday services, suspending on campus activities until Palm Sunday (4/5).
Church of the Highlands has cancelled services for tomorrow (3/15) and we reevaluate future plans next week.

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