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Alabama Gov. Ivey: COVID-19 threat remains, take precautions

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging state residents to be smart and vigilant about the threat of the coronavirus even as the state takes steps to reopen. 

Alabama on Monday allowed restaurants to resume on-site dining and hair salons, gyms and bars to reopen. State Health Officer Scott Harris said it will take two to three weeks to know the effects of loosening public gathering restrictions.

As of Friday, about 11,200 people in the state had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and about 475 people statewide had died.

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