City of Opelika COVID-19 Press Releases
City of Opelika Changes Per Gov. Ivey’s Amended Safer At Home Order May 22 (PDF)
Executive Order 01-20 Amendment - Retail open to 50% capacity per Mayor Fuller (PDF)
Executive Order 04-20 Amendment 3 (PDF)
Executive Order 04-20 Amendment 2 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Extends Emergency Order Until May 15 (PDF)
OPS Extends Waiver of Late Fees Until June 15 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Amends Parks & Recreation Facilities & Location Excecutive Order 02-20 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Responds to Gov. Ivey Safer At Home Order for April 30 (PDF)
Governor Ivey Issues New Safer At Home Order Effective April 30-5PM (PDF)
Info Sheet from Gov. Ivey Safer At Home Order (PDF)
Execuitive Order 04-20 All City Buildings and Facilities Closure Extended (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Executive Order 02-20 Closing Parks & Recreation Facilities & Locations (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Executive Order 01-20 Limiting Numbers in Retail and Grocery Stores (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Order Extended Until April 30 (PDF)
City Buildings Closed Until April 17; Mayor Issues Other Concerns 3-30-20 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Responds to Gov. Kay Ivey’s Press Conference - 3-27-20 (PDF)
Recycling Centers and Commercial Cardboard Routes Temporarily Closed 3-25-20 (PDF)
City Closes Buildings To Public and Offers Businesses Relief 3-20-20
Emergency Ordinance Concerning COVID-19 Approved 3-17-20 (PDF)
COVID-19 City of Opelika Updates 3-17-20 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Outlines Court Procedures - COVID19 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court - FULL ORDER (PDF)
COVID-19 City Departments Take Precautionary Measures 3-13-20 (PDF)
COVID-19 Mayor Fuller Statement 3-13-20 (PDF)
City of Opelika Department Phone Numbers
Opelika Power Services Billing & Services Information
Opelika Power Services (OPS) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation to make decisions that protect the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We will be opening our lobby for APPOINTMENTS ONLY beginning June 22, 2020. Appointments can be made for the following type services: application for new services, transfer of services, discussion of payment arrangements, or other similar situations. Only one person will be allowed in the building per account. Exceptions may be requested when calling to schedule the appointment. Please call (334) 705-5170 option 3 to speak with a Customer Service Representative to discuss your need and schedule an appointment if necessary. Many items can be handled by phone and will not require an appointment.
All payments are to be made through the drive-thru window. Our drive-thru window is open for payments between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
OPS offers several ways to make payment that do not require using the drive-thru window. We offer bank draft, online bill pay at our website www.opelikapower.com (requires an account be set up by calling us), pay by phone at (334) 705-5170 option 2, by mail, or night drop box.
As a reminder, OPS resumed adding late fees and nonpayment fees to bills that were due by 4:30 p.m. on or after June 10, 2020. All past due amounts need to be paid by the delinquent date shown on your bill to avoid late fees on the outstanding balance and payment must be received by the nonpayment date to keep power from being disconnected. If you need a little more time to catch up your payments, please call us to make payment arrangements at (334) 705-5170 option 3.
Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Statewide Public Health Order
East Alabama Medical Center Update (January 20)
COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS SEE 3-DAY DECLINE
COVID-19 hospitalizations at EAMC and EAMC-Lanier dropped each day over the weekend, bringing today’s caseload to 77—the lowest since January 2. Ventilator usage remained at 11, after reaching a near-record high of 20 in the past two weeks. “We hope this is the start of a downward trend,” said John Atkinson, EAMC spokesman. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction and gives us a little room to breathe, but we’re still 15 patients higher than we were at the height of the second peak in July.”
Atkinson says the hospital is still postponing elective inpatient surgeries and using extra nursing units to care for patients with COVID. “We were in the low-to-mid 20s as recently at early November, and running pretty smoothly. That’s where we hope we can get back to, but need the public’s help by only gathering with those in their direct household.”
COVID INFUSION CENTER MAKING A DIFFERENCE
EAMC was as high as 92 patients with COVID-19 less than a week ago, but there’s a good chance the peak could have been 100 or higher had the hospital not opened its COVID Infusion Center (CIC) in early December. The hospital’s CIC was set up to allow for people to receive monoclonal antibodies in hopes of reducing the severity of their illness and to prevent them from being hospitalized.
As of this morning, the CIC had performed 399 infusions and only 18 of those patients still had to be hospitalized following their treatment. “That equates to only 4.5 percent whereas studies have shown that about 15 percent who are that ill would have needed hospitalization,” stated Atkinson.
“There have been state and national articles about how the medications needed for these infusions are going unused because hospitals either don’t have the space or the staff to provide the treatment. Our team felt like we had to find a way to make it work and the results have been very beneficial.”
Infusions are limited to people who have tested positive within three days and had symptoms for less than seven days, and who have certain medical conditions.
OTHER COVID NEWS
• At the Opelika campus, COVID admissions totaled four on Saturday and five on Sunday, roughly half of what they have been this month.
• The AU Medical Clinic tested 169 people on Friday with 13 being positive (7.7 percent) and zero out of 25 tested positive on Saturday. Also, AUMC has administered 1,750 vaccine shots so far.
• As of this morning, EAMC had given about 3,500 first dose shots and 1,300 second dose shots. We are currently able to administer about 300 vaccine shots a day, but hope to increase that number soon.
• Vaccines are currently still limited to ages 75 and up, and only for residents of Lee, Macon and Chambers counties—both of these are set by the ADPH. Please register through the following link: https://apps.eamc.org/Secure/VaccineRegistration
. Family or friends can complete the request form for the patient in just a matter of minutes. Once you submit the form, the site will take you to a confirmation page. Please expect about 5-7 business days for someone to call to schedule an appointment for you.
Beginning this week, EAMC will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to those who are 75 years and older AND are residents of Chambers, Lee or Macon counties. EAMC is asking that you please use the following link to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: https://apps.eamc.org/Secure/VaccineRegistration
If you are over 75 years old and do not have access to a computer/internet, we suggest you ask a relative or friend to register you using the online form. After you fill out the form, you will be contacted by phone with your vaccination appointment date, time and location. You should expect a call from a number starting with 334-528-.
In addition, EAMC is being inundated with phone calls. We are asking people not to call EAMC about the vaccine; the appointment link has all the information you need and is simple to fill out.
“We are extremely grateful to EAMC for organizing our local vaccine distribution. The distribution is complex and a work in progress. The doctors and nurses have worked endless hours and are exhausted. They still need our help as we navigate through the coming months. Please continue to do your part and wear your masks, wash your hands and maintain social distancing,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.”
The hospital also requests that you should still call 334-528-SICK as soon as you recognize you have COVID symptoms so they can get you scheduled for testing.
LIMITED VISITATION TO BEGIN FRIDAY AT NOON*
On Wednesday, Governor Kay Ivey updated the Safer-at-Home orders for Alabama. Her announcement included a call for hospitals to allow one visitor or caregiver per patient starting October 2, subject to reasonable restrictions. EAMC has established color-coded levels that will be subject to change based on the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Lee County and/or on the number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Based on those criteria, EAMC will begin visitation at 12 noon tomorrow using the “Orange Level” guidelines for non-COVID patients.
“We’ve had a team working on visitor guidelines for about a couple of weeks now and planned to phase it in so as to help it go smoothly,” stated John Atkinson, EAMC spokesman. “However, the order Wednesday caused us to fast-track the guidelines. We asked that people please read our guidelines carefully so that they understand the restrictions under the current color and what will be required of them based on the area the patient is in. We also ask that people are patient with our staff members during the screening process.” Atkinson said updates will be provided over the next few days as the hospital works to safely re-start visitation protocols while still involved in the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that changes will likely take place until the process is running smoothly.
Referring to visitation of patients in the hospital, Atkinson said there are three things that visitors should remember that will speed the screening/check-in process. “A visitor must have a current photo ID so that we can scan them into the system and provide them with a visitor badge,” he said. “They must also wear a mask upon entry and throughout their visit. Lastly, the room number of the patient they will be visiting is needed during check-in, so knowing that ahead of time will help prevent a delay.”
Visitors are also reminded that they should not visit if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. These include: fever (must be less than 99.0 to visit), chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of small or taste, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure.
*These exact guidelines do not apply to long-term care facilities, but they do have a separate set of guidelines that allow for visitation. Staff members at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home, Oak Park Nursing Home and the EAMC Skilled Nursing Facility will be reaching out to resident sponsors directly on Friday with the guidelines.
As EAMC and area physicians begin to see more patients in person, we kindly ask that anyone entering a medical facility wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth. The mask should remain on while you are inside the building unless a physician or staff member asks you to remove it.
For any questions or guidance regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 please refer to the CDC website (travel warnings) for the most updated information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
The Alabama Department of Public Health updates can be found at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html. For COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation, call the ADPH 24-hour hotline at 1-888-264-2256
For the most recent information from the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. Restaurants Open; Shops & Businesses Open
For the most recent information from EAMC, visit https://www.eamc.org/patient-and-guests/coronavirus-covid-19-update.
AO Tourism Information on Restaurants and Businesses: https://www.aotourism.com/page/lovelocal?fbclid=IwAR1xoSrZmJD8OEU9xaEAy6R7WbyW3wvLy7Zp7jhh3B3YSlLyfKs2fWLrZLY
COVID-19-Related Emergency Actions of Alabama State Agencies: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html
Department of Labor Unemployment Benefits FAQ: https://www.labor.alabama.gov/Coronavirus%20Unemployment%20Benefits%20FAQ.pdf
Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits: https://www.labor.alabama.gov/COVID-19%20UC%20Changes%20March%2016%202020%20News%20Release.pdf
Disaster Loan Assistance (Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters): https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Small Business Administration (SBA) Alabama District Office: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/al/birmingham
CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC – What to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
CDC – How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
White House Coronavirus Guidelines for America: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
FEMA Rumor Control Website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
A free guide at HighSpeedInternet.net to help families stay online, by listing all of the service providers offering crisis assistance: https://www.highspeedinternet.net/covid-internet-assistance/
Lee-Russell Council of Governments - April Newsletter http://www.lrcog.com/LRCOG%20AT%20WORK%20NewsletterApril2020.pdf If you need to contact LRCG, please call 334-749-5264.