COVID-19 Coronavirus

The City of Gulf Shores is partnering and sharing information with local, state and regional resources including but not limited to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Baldwin County Emergency Management Association and Centers for Disease Control.

All City offices will continue to be open for business. Any person or business needing to apply for a Business License, Building Permit, submit plans for Planning and Zoning review, or conduct other city business may also do so online by clicking here. Anyone needing assistance not accessible online MUST contact the appropriate department by phone prior to visiting in person. A directory of department phone numbers is provided here

To see current case numbers in Baldwin County, please visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/. The City of Gulf Shores does not provide city-specific case information.

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COVID-19 Testing Site

The Alabama Department of Public Health is hosting free COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PZK Hall located at 17933 AL-104, Robertsdale, AL 36567. You must pre-register at www.easytesting.com.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Resources

The City of Gulf Shores is here to help you find information and resources on getting your COVID-19 Vaccination. As numbers continue to rise in Baldwin County, it is critical to make sure our residents are informed on all available resources.


Vaccines are available locally at the following locations: 


Anyone who cannot obtain a vaccine at one of these locations, or needs additional assistance, is encouraged to email the City of Gulf Shores at COVID19info@gulfshoresal.gov. 


Mayor Craft reached out on July 26, 2021, to Dr. Scott Harris, State Health Officer, to better understand the current status of COVID-19 in Alabama. Here is the information Dr. Harris provided back. 


"Alabama has seen an increase in its daily case numbers from around 200 cases per day during May & June to over 1,000 cases per day during the past week. 

 

Our total Covid-19 hospitalizations (from around the state) have increased from about 180 during the Independence Day weekend to over 900 today. This is less than the 3,000+ we saw back in January, but the RATE of the increase is even faster now than it was in January. 

 

Alabama hospitals are reporting that well over 95% of hospitalized Covid-19 cases are people who are not vaccinated (or CANNOT be vaccinated: we currently have 22 pediatric inpatients, including one infant).

 

Since vaccines became available at the first of this year, over 99% of all deaths in Alabama have occurred in unvaccinated people. Since April 1 (about the time that vaccines became widely available to everyone), almost 97% of our deaths have occurred in unvaccinated people. This means that an unvaccinated person who is infected with Covid-19 has about a 30-times higher risk of dying than a vaccinated person who happens to get Covid-19 (not to mention the fact that vaccinated persons usually do NOT get Covid-19 over 90% of the time they are exposed). 

 

The three current vaccine products are safe and effective, and the risks of serious illness and death are much, much greater with Covid-19 infection than with any of the rare side effects that have been identified with the vaccines. 

 

The Delta variant has likely now become the dominant variant in Alabama and can be as much as ten times more easily transmitted than the original Covid-19 strain. All three of our current vaccine products are effective at preventing infection with the Delta variant and reducing serious illness or death in those who do become infected. Based on our current transmission estimates, each person who becomes infected with the Delta variant will, on average, spread the disease to three or four others." 


For more information, please visit the following Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 Quick Links.


Ways to prevent COVID-19

It is important that we and our community members practice non-pharmaceutical measures such as respiratory etiquette (covering cough/sneeze) as well as proper hand hygiene. These activities reduce the transmission of the coronavirus as well as a number of other bacteria and viruses. The confirmed number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing with the increasing test availability. You can find updated numbers on people under investigation and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. from the COVID-19-Coronavirus website.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. However, the following preventative measures can help prevent the spread of respiratory disease:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER for 20 seconds – If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol based (60%) sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently touched
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick or not feeling well
  • Practice "Social Distancing" by maintaining six feet of separation between you and other people
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more