Alabama Department of Public Health Guidance for Reopening

  • The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is using data and metrics to make recommendations to assist the Governor's Office, partners, and stakeholders across the state in making decisions about safely reopening Alabama. COVID-19 remains very contagious and our data and metrics tell us that we should continue to take preventative measures to protect ourselves and our communities and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    We are committed to continuing to do the work to protect the health and safety of Alabamians by giving guidance based on the best science and public health practices available. We will continue to maintain and update the statewide data and metrics and provide consistent localized data for use in local decision-making for reopening plans.

    Risk Categories 

    A color-coded health guidance system has been developed by the State of Alabama to guide health behaviors for individuals and businesses. Categories: Very High (red), High (orange), Moderate (yellow), and Low (green) indicate the risk of spread in the community. Each level of the dial is guided by a rigorous measurement system which can be different by county. Risk Intidicator

    High-risk individuals in the red risk category, including older adults and those who are immunocompromised, should continue to follow stricter protocols, and exercise all possible caution. Individuals who work or live with persons in high-risk categories should also continue following stricter guidance.

    Find out your county's risk category using our COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard. Shortened Link: Mobile Version Shortened Link:

    Dashboard Data Source: ADPH Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division using the Alabama NEDSS Base System (ALNBS), our disease reporting and surveillance system, and the Alabama Syndromic Surveillance System (AlaSyS).

    Data on the dashboard are updated on Fridays. All data are provisional and subject to change. Data are lagged by five days to allow for completeness in reporting. These data can change on a daily basis as new information about cases is gathered or updated, which means the gating criteria status could change from red to green and back to red.

    Click here to view more on the Alabama Department of Public Health website.