The following are notices and announcements issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - In December 2019, a new (or novel) human coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) type emerged in China. COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. ADPH and the CDC are providing updated information and guidance as it becomes available.

COVID-19 Message from the State Health Officer - "This is the simplest act of kindness you can take for your community, especially those who are at high risk of contracting the virus." State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris talks about the importance of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic in his June message.

COVID-19 Related Emergency Orders of State Agencies - ADPH has a web page dedicated to emergency rules and other emergency actions taken by state agencies as they participate in Alabama’s response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Message from the State Health Officer - State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris has written a message about COVID-19: "This time of social distancing finds people may be more vulnerable to emotional and physical illness." He talks about ways to take care of your overall physical and mental health.

COVID-19 News Conferences - State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is providing updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to the news media and public through regular news conferences. Speakers for the news conferences have included Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Brian Hastings, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Donald Williamson, president/CEO of the Alabama Hospital Association, and Dr. Eric Mackey, Alabama State Superintendent.

Stop Judging. Start Healing. Campaign - ADPH and the Alabama Department of Mental Health launch a statewide campaign, Stop Judging. Start Healing., aimed at assisting friends, family, physicians, mental health care clinicians, substance abuse prevention and treatment providers and all people in Alabama to change the way we speak about individuals with mental health illness, substance and opioid use disorders, HIV and Hepatitis C.

Vape-Related Pulmonary Illnesses - ADPH joins other state health departments in requesting health care providers report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. ADPH publishes the number of cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping on this website.

Third Annual Share Your Smile Contest - Our Oral Health Office launched its third annual smile photo contest open to third grade students who live in Alabama in November. The deadline for photo submissions is December 10. Winners will be announced January 31, 2020.

Survey for Alabama Youth - ADPH is conducting a survey of youth to improve the well-being of pregnant women, infants, children, including children with special health care needs, and their families in the state. The survey only takes five minutes to complete. Deadline is November 15.

ADPH Seeks Input from Health Care Providers - The Bureau of Family Health Services is conducting a survey of primary health care providers for women of childbearing age, children, and youth to identify the most important maternal and child health needs for the state. Deadline is November 15.