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Posted on: March 18, 2020

City Of Opelika COVID-19 UPDATES - May 22, 2020

COVID19 Spotlight

A Message From Mayor Gary Fuller

Hello Friends- we are making progress. Keep doing what you are doing. EAMC says we are seeing a decline and we thank you for that.

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

Department List

Opelika Parks & Recreation

All Opelika Parks & Recreation facilities remain closed. The following will go into effect May 1 at 7 a.m.

  • City parks and walking trails will open. This includes disk golf, pickleball courts, dog parks and tennis courts.
  • Playground equipment at all city parks is still closed to the public per Governor Ivey’s Order.
  • Outdoor basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball fields will remain closed due to these being close contact sports.

Opelika Power Services Billing & Services Information

Opelika Power Services (OPS) will extend the waiving of late fees, which began on April 6, 2020, until bills due before June 5, 2020.  We will also extend the waiving of nonpayment fees and disconnection, which began on February 10, 2020, until disconnections scheduled before June 15, 2020.  OPS will continue to bill on schedule each month and payment is due as normal. We hope the extension of waiving fees for another month is helpful to our customers who need a little more time to pay. 

OPS still encourages everyone to pay their bill monthly because the waiving of late fees, disconnection and non-payment fees is only until June 6, 2020. At this time disconnection of services for nonpayment and nonpayment fees would resume after June 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust as needed in the future.   

Our lobby will remain closed until further notice. Our drive-thru window will be open each business day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Payments can be made at our drive-thru window, by mail, online at www.opelikapower.com or by calling OPS at (334) 705-5170 - Option 2. If a customer needs to sign up for service or transfer service, they can call (334) 705-5170 - Option 3 to speak to a customer service representative. If a customer has business that requires an appointment, they can call (334) 705-5170 - Option 3 to schedule the appointment.

Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Statewide Public Health Order

East Alabama Medical Center Update (April 29 - 5 p.m.)

Recovered COVID-19 Patients Can Help Treat Current COVID-19 Patients

East Alabama Medical Center and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are partnering by participating in a national clinical trial that would help COVID-19 patients recover more quickly.  As a result, EAMC officials are encouraging residents who had a confirmed case of COVID-19 to contact LifeSouth to determine if they are eligible to donate plasma that would be especially helpful to patients in the ICU.  See attachment for the full release.

Visitor Restrictions 

When Governor Ivey’s “Stay-at-Home” orders are replaced by her “Safer-at-Home” orders on Thursday, EAMC and EAMC-Lanier will keep their visitor restrictions in place.  The restrictions, which only allow for 1-2 designated family members in specific situations (childbirth, pediatric patient, and when a patient’s death is imminent) will remain until further notice so as to protect patients and staff.  EAMC will announce when these restrictions change and there will likely still be limitations.

Mask Reminder

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. 

Cloth Masks Needed for Nursing Homes 

The CDC has released new recommendations for residents in nursing homes to wear masks when receiving care or outside of their rooms.  If you are interested in donating cloth/ear loop masks for the residents of Oak Park and EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home, please deliver them to the Main Lobby entrance at EAMC and they will be sent to these locations.  The nursing homes have about 200 combined residents and they would like for each resident to have a handful of masks. 

528-SICK Update

Calls to the 528-SICK have continued to decrease, so EAMC is scaling back its hours a little more.  The new call center hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.  For the time being, the call center will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.  As a reminder, individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can contact 334-528-SICK to be screened by a clinician.  If the symptoms warrant being tested, the individual will be scheduled for a COVID-19 testing appointment in Auburn or Valley.  The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.  If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department. For non-emergent medical care, please contact your primary care physician or visit an urgent care office. 

Most EAMC Services Return to Regular Hours

EAMC clinics, physician offices and departments have resumed regular hours and are treating patients while adhering to Governor’s Ivey’s orders.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in our region, EAMC has committed to extensive and proactive measures to ensure the safety and protection of patients and staff. While some offices did adjust hours or implement telehealth, we continued to serve the region throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Blood Donations Must Go On
EAMC receives 100 percent of its blood supply from the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, with the vast majority coming from the blood center on the main EAMC campus (505 E. Thomason Circle, Opelika). The blood supply in America is facing an unprecedented challenge due to COVID-19. Large numbers of blood drives are being cancelled daily and donors are increasingly practicing social distancing, as they should. Hospitals are likely to see critical shortages of blood products occur in the near term if the trajectory does not change. While shortages are not severe today, a critical blood shortage of all blood types will occur if donations simply stop.
If you are healthy and able, we encourage you to call the local LifeSouth office at 334-705-0884 to schedule an appointment.  LifeSouth is limiting the  number of donors in the center at one time so as to keep donors and staff at appropriate distances.  They are doing the same at their blood drive buses.   Below are LifeSouth’s hours of operation:
Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.
EAMC Apothecary offering curbside pickup
Beginning Thursday at 8 a.m., EAMC’s Apothecary will be providing curbside pickup of prescriptions outside of The Surgery Center on the back side of the hospital.  A station will be set up there from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.  Payment for prescriptions will be by credit or debit card only; no cash will be accepted. If someone is picking up a prescription outside of these hours, they will need to call 334-528-2293 to arrange pickup.  The Apothecary is EAMC’s retail pharmacy that is open 24/7.

Meal Donations for EAMC Employees

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in donating funds for staff meals needed during COVID-19 may do so now through the EAMC Foundation. A specific fund has been set up by the Foundation to help with such donations. Here’s the link to where you can donate:

https://eamcfoundation8686.thankyou4caring.org/covid-19-relief

Donations can also be made via check. If you choose to write a check, please make it out to EAMC Foundation and in the "for" section, please put "COVID-19 Fund." Checks can be mailed to EAMC, attn: Dennis Thrasher (2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801). 

Opelika City School Information

The Opelika City Schools are committed to ensuring that students are fed a nutritious meal when schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Carver Primary School and Opelika High School will be serving lunch meals Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23. An additional site has been added for free student meals -- Opelika Learning Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This distribution will take place in the bus loop off of Easy Street. The meals will be provided for free to anyone 18 years old or younger regardless of which school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order to receive the meal. Please note that the schools will be set up for pick up service only. No meals will be consumed on site. Directional signs will be posted at Carver Primary and Opelika High School.

Resources

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.


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