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Amid pandemic, Gov. Ivey to announce future of mask order

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will announce the fate of a statewide mask mandate. Her office has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference at the Capitol.

The statewide mask order is set to expire Sunday. Ivey first announced the statewide mask mandate in July and has extended it serval times.

Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 3,000 this week as both cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continued rising.

Health officials have credited the mask order with a drop in daily case numbers since it was first announced, but have also expressed concern about state numbers beginning to creep upward.

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