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Alabama’s Republican Governor Mandates Masks After Record COVID-19 Death Toll

HeadlineJul 16, 2020

In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order until the end of July, reversing months of opposition to a mask mandate. Alabama hospitals reported 47 deaths on Wednesday — another single-day record. The governor’s order came after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said a nationwide mask mandate could save tens of thousands of lives.

Dr. Robert Redfield: “I think if we can get everybody to wear a mask right now, I really do think that over the next four, six, eight weeks, we could bring this epidemic under control.”

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