It is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 37,778 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 25 cases.
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Alabamians aged 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 16 and up, but the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have only been approved for those 18 years of age and older.
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As of 5 p.m. this afternoon, Alabama's statewide mandate to wear face coverings or masks in public spaces has officially expired. Following the lead of Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health, we strongly encourage everyone to do their part by continuing to practice social distancing and wearing masks when in close proximity with others. We should also respect the rights of businesses that wish to continue requiring masks on their premises. In order for life to continue returning to normal, I would also encourage all citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able to do so.
We're making great strides as vaccination rates in Mobile increase and new cases of COVID-19 steadily decline. As a City, we will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on the latest data just as we have throughout the course of this pandemic.
I'm excited to announce that we'll will be hosting multiple community cleanup events in April to coincide with the ALPALS "Don't Drop it on Alabama" Spring Cleanup campaign. Our Public Works teams have worked with local community groups to organize these events. If you live in one of these areas and want to come help make our community a cleaner place to live, we'd love to see you out there.
Beginning on Earth Day, April 22, we are also going to be distributing 1,000 litter grabbers along with safety vests and gloves at our recycling centers at 4851 Museum Drive and 310 Pinehill Drive. We hope this will help members of the community get involved. If you want to help, you can pick up litter around your neighborhood, plan your own clean-up event or grab a friend and come join one of ours!
As a reminder, our Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting "Kites Over Mobile" on Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11, at Battleship Memorial Park. The event will feature professional kite flying demonstrations, show kite displays, music, food trucks and kites that can be purchased on site. There is a $4 parking fee, but the high-flying is free and open to the public.
I wanted to end this evening with a quote from a book I've been reading called Lead...for God's Sake. Author Todd G. Gongwer talks about the importance of having passion but only after you've found a worthwhile purpose to put that passion into. He then writes: "Once your heart is right, relationships, priorities everything falls into place."
Finding purpose in what you do sets the foundation for everything that comes afterward. Once you know that, you put your passion to work.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson