The CDC has rescinded its order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test prior to flight to the US. Read about it here.
The Federal Government has set up a special COVID-19 website with information on testing, vaccines, masks, etc. It's COVID.gov
Update #89 1/19/2022
Alabama Department of Public Health launches new website easier to navigate testing and vaccination locations: Click here
Update #88 1/5/2022
If you need help with funeral assistance due to COVID-19 FEMA may be able to help. Applicants call 844-684-6444 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. Additional information about COVID Funeral assistance is available on their website - click here
Update #87 12/28/2021
CDC shortens quarantine guidance for those who get COVID-19. Read it here
Update #86 10/08/2021
Governor extends COVID-19 emergency order to the end of October. Read it here.
Update #85 8/23/2021
FDA gives full approval for Pfizer vaccine. Read it here.
Update #84 8/19/2021
Jefferson County Department of Health recommends that owners and operators of indoor public spaces use face coverings and require those entering the facility to wear face coverings. Read it here.
Update #83 8/13/2021
Governor announces emergency order to to cut red tape for hospitals that need assistance in fighting COVID-19 cases. News Release here
Update #82 5/03/2021
Governor announces her COVID-19 Health Order and State of Emergency will expire on May 31, 2021. News release here.
Update #81 4/21/2021
A new community vaccination center opened today 4/21/21 at WaterMark Place in Bessemer. This site is brought to Central Alabama and the Birmingham metro region by Federal, State and Local partnerships. No appointments are necessary click here for hours of operation.
Update #80 4/9/2021
Judge French issues order requiring face coverings in jury trials once the state mask order expires. You can read the order here.
Update #79 4/07/2021
Governor Kay Ivey amends safer at home order to be safer apart, mask ordinance to expire Friday, April 9. Read the news release here.
Anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible to be vaccinated. Read the details here
Update #78 3/22/2021
Governor Kay Ivey amends safer at home order to reflect CDC changes in guidelines. See the updates here.
In addition, the JCDH has the following list of vaccination locations. Please keep in mind, this information is changing rapidly. View the list here.
Update #77 3/15/2021
The state will open up the vaccination category to 1C starting on March 22, read more from the state here. You can view who is included in this category here. Once again if you have not registered for the vaccine please call the vaccine hotline at 205-858-2221. They can register you and answer questions about the vaccine.
Update #76 3/4/2021
Governor Kay Ivey has extended the mask order until April 9th. She will not extend it after that. There are other changes in the order and you can read it here. Easy to read graph on the updated order is here.
Update #75 2/16/2021
The vaccine call center has expanded it's hours and is being staffed by the Brunos Event Team. It will now be open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday. The number has not changed, call 205-858-2221. You can read the news release here. Also, here is an updated FAQ on the COVID-19 vaccine, distribution and safety. Click here
Update #74 1/29/2021 11 a.m.
Starting Feb. 8, Governor Kay Ivey and State Dept. of Health will start vaccinating ages 65 up and other critical workers such as first responders, corrections officers, food and agriculture workers, postal service, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers and people who in work in education, the judiciary. Read the news release here.
UAB partners with JCDH and Jeffco EMA on appointment only COVID-19 vaccination sites at the Hoover Met, Parker High School and UAB Highlands site. Read the story here.
Update #73 1/21/2021 11 a.m.
Update #72 1/11/2021 3 p.m.
You can now register online for the COVID-19 vaccine. The next category to start vaccinations is Category 1B (on Jan. 18), ages 75 and older and Emergency Response personnel such as police and fire workers. Click here for the EMA website and click no the registration button. Once you register you will be contacted when your category is up for vaccination. If you live in Jefferson County and have questions call 205-858-2221. The categories for vaccination can be found here.
Update #71 1/5/2021 10 a.m.
The Jefferson County Dept. of Health and the EMA as a part of the Unified Command have established a call center to assist with coordinating vaccination efforts in Jefferson County. If you believe you are in the current allocation plan and would like more information on how to access the COVID-19 vaccine call 205-85vacc1 (205-858-2221). Read the full news release and rollout plan here.
Update #70 - 1/04/2021 3:30 p.m.
Due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers the Commission will meet virtually this week. You can watch it live on our Facebook page @JeffersonCountyAL. The agenda can be found here.
Link to recording of the meeting on 1/7/21 can be found here.
Link to recording of the meeting on 1/5/21 can be found here.
Update #69 - 12/28/2020 9 a.m.
Please see the following frequently asked questions and vaccine myths from the UAB Dept. of Medicine, to subscribe to vaccination updates text: "infojeffco" to 888777. FAQ here, Vaccine Myths here, video here.
Update #68 - 12/11/2020 Noon
Governor signs emergency declaration to address personal tax and economic development issues - Read the news release here
Update #67 12/9/2020 11:40 a.m.
Update #66 11/18/2020 11:40 a.m.
Governor Kay Ivey announces additional help for small businesses affect by COVID-19 - read the news release here
Update #65 11/5/2020 11:27 a.m.
Update #64 11/2/2020 11:30 a.m.
Jefferson County announces program to help people affected by COVID-19 with utilities and rent. Read the full news release here.
Update #63 9/30/2020 11:30 a.m.
Update #62 8/27/2020 Noon
Governor Kay Ivey extends mask ordinance through Oct. 2 - read the news release here
Update #61 8/24/2020 Noon
The Bessemer Clerk's Office has reported possible contamination for COVID 19. It will be closed for deep cleaning Aug. 25-25 and reopen on Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. Drop boxes outside will be checked daily. - Read the full administrative order here
Update #60 8/12/2020 5 p.m.
Jury trials in the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama (Birmingham and Bessemer divisions) remain suspended until Nov. 16,2020 - read it here
Update #59 7/29/2020 11 a.m.
Update #58 7/23/2020 2:00 p.m.
Jefferson County Authorizes Up To $6.4 Million for Expanded COVID-19 Testing - read it here
Update #57 7/21/2020 2:00 p.m.
Governor Ivey announces statewide online driver's license renewal extension - click here
Update #56 7/15/2020 11:30 a.m.
Governor of Alabama amends Safer at Home order to require face coverings until July 31.
Update #55 7/14/2020 4 p.m.
Joint Command news release with stats on individuals tested per day, individuals testing positive per day, and percent testing positive. Also hospitalization stats. - read it here
Update #54 7/7/2020 4 p.m.
Attached is the Joint Command update regarding the rise in COVID-19 cases - read it here
Update #53 6/30/2020 3 p.m.
Jefferson County Health Officer updates his face covering order - read it here
Joint Command Center Update regarding updated order - read it here
Update #52 6/30/2020 11 a.m.
The State Health Officer extends safer at home order and restrictions on large gatherings - Read the order here
Update #51 6/26/2020 2:30 p.m.
If you have questions on the order you can contact the JCDH, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 205.930.1230 or 205.930.1260.
Update #50 6/12/2020 Noon
Judge French extends the suspension of non-emergency in-person hearings until July 15 - Read the order here
Update #49 6/2/2020 4 p.m.
Jefferson County Commission holds emergency meeting and implements curfew - Read news release here
Update #48 6/1/2020 2 p.m.
The City of Birmingham issues a state of emergency and curfew due to violence - Read it here
Update #47 5/22/2020 2:43 p.m.
Jefferson County Department of Health issue order with continued suspension of large public gatherings until June 6, 2020 - Read it here
Update #46 5/22/2020 9 a.m.
Joint Command guidance for the Memorial Day weekend - click here
Update #45 5/21/2020 2 p.m.
Update #44 5/15/2020
Tenth Judicial Circuit Court suspension of non-emergency in-person hearings extended to June 15, all previously scheduled jury weeks are canceled until Sept. 14, 2020 - Click here
Update #43 5/8/2020 Noon
Update #42 5/5/2020 4:00 p.m.
The Joint Information Center releases the following update to media. Details on Battle Critical Care Decontamination System, COVID-19 case increase in Jefferson County and changes the City of Birmingham made to mask ordinance. - click here
Update #41 5/4/2020 12:30 p.m.
Alabama Department of Revenue extends tag registrations and paying of property taxes on vehicles until June 19. - click here
Update #40 5/1/2020 9:30 a.m.
Administrative order on courts - all deadlines expiring on the 30th extended to May 15, no juror summons prior to July 1 - click here
Update #39 4/29/20 5 p.m.
Jefferson County cancels emergency meeting, courthouse will open to public again on May 1 - click here
Update #38 4/28/20 11:30 a.m.
Update #37 4/24/20 4:40 p.m.
The Joint Command Center issued the following news release. Explains state reporting of death numbers and other food needs and volunteer information - click here
Update #36 4/17/20 3:30 p.m.
Joint Incident Command Center issue media update with information on Food needs, volunteer opportunities, and Homeless testing site. click here
Video from Dr. Mark Wilson, JCDH, and Jim Coker, EMA director - click here
Update #35 4/9/20 1:00 p.m.
Video of Jefferson County Commission regularly scheduled meeting held via Zoom due to COVID-19 - click here
To view the full agenda please see the minutes and agenda section of our website - click here
Update #34 4/7/20 10:31 a.m.
Alabama Governor launches website to link COVID-19 Resource efforts - click here
Update #33 4/6/20 4:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Commission schedules pre-commission and commission at 9 a.m. April 9, it will be live streamed on the County's Facebook page - click here
Update #32 4/3/20 5 p.m.
Governor issues "stay at home" order for state of Alabama - click here
Update #31 4/1/20 2 p.m.
State Department of Revenue extends tag renewal times for March and April to May 15 - click here
Update #30 3/31/20 3:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Commission approves Courthouse remaining closed and purchase of hospital beds - click here
Resolution approved for closing of courthouse until April 30 - click here
Resolution on the purchase of hospital beds and transfer from Catastrophic Fund - click here
Video of full meeting - click here
Update #29 3/30/20 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson County Commission to hold emergency meeting on March 31 at 2 p.m. virtually. - click here
Where to call for questions on court related matters - click here
Update #28 3/30/20 9:00 a.m.
UAB to test COVID-19 Vaccine - click here
Update #27 3/27/20 12:30 p.m.
Governor expands statewide order - publishes list of businesses that need to close by 5 p.m. March 28. - click here
Update #26 3/26/20 3:00 p.m.
UAB to be one of NIH testing sites for new clinical trial for COVID-19 Treatment - click here
Update #25 3/26/20 12:16 p.m.
Frequently asked questions with phone numbers and links to information. We will keep this updated. - click here
Update #24 3/25/20 2:15 p.m.
Alabama to waive employer charges for COVID-19 related unemployment claims. There is also a link to file for unemployment in their release - click here
Business and economic development resources during COVID-19 pandemic:
Birmingham Business Alliance (loan application from Small Business Administration, Alabama Small Business Development Center and more - click here
Letter from Commissioner Ammons suspending economic development activity until June 1, 2020 - click here
Update #23 3/23/20 3 p.m.
Probate Show Cause Hearings for Property Tax Disputes Scheduled for Have Been Canceled - notices will be mailed giving a new date and time.
Update #22 3/23/20 9:45 a.m.
Jefferson County Residents And Automobile Dealers Can Submit Title And Registration Documents Via Mail While Courthouse Is Closed To Public - click here
Update #21 3/22/20 7:54 p.m.
Update to Public Health Order for COVID-19/Coronavirus. Dr. Mark Wilson says beauty salons and non-essential retail stores should close by the end of business on Monday. - click here
Update #20 3/22/20 Noon
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Warns about scams related to COVID-19/coronavirus - click here
Update #19 3/20/20 3:00 p.m.
UAB and the Jefferson County Dept. of Health to open first appointment only coronavirus testing site in downtown on Monday - click here
How to get a marriage license online - click here
How to get a car tag online -click here
Update #18 3/19 5:37 p.m.
Jefferson County Health Department suspending public gatherings larger than 10 people and closing non-essential businesses and services due to COVID-19 - click here
Update #17 3/19 3:00 p.m.
State Health Officer proclamation closing beaches, senior centers and more - click here
Update #16 3/19/20 1:00 p.m.
Jefferson County Department of Health is waiving some permit fees during this difficult time until April 17. They will also have a news conference at 5 p.m. today. - click here
Update #15 3/18/20 4:40 p.m.
Alabama Dept of Revenue waives late payment fee penalties for small retail businesses - click here
Update #14 3/18/20 3:59 p.m.
How County Services Are Operating While the Courthouse is Closed - click here
Update #13 3/18/20 10:30 a.m.
Alabama Governor announces new primary election date. Postponed until July 14, 2020 - click here
Update #12 3/17/20 5 p.m.
Alabama Power warns customers of scam that demands money - click here
Update #11 3/17/20 4:00 p.m.
News release on the creation of a Joint Information Center with the Emergency Management Agency, Jefferson County, Jefferson County Dept. of Health, United Way of Central Alabama, and City of Birmingham - click here
Update #10 3/17/20 3:54 p.m.
Court order from the Northern District of Alabama on Court Operations during the public health emergency COVID-19 - click here
Update #9 3/17/20 11:30 a.m.
Development Services implements online business permit process as well as trade permits - click here
How to pay your sewer bill online - click here
Update #8 3/16/20 6 p.m.
State Department of Revenue gives extension for motor vehicle registrations and paying property taxes on vehicles. - click here
ALEA modifies driver license division operations - click here
Update#7 3/16/20 5:00 PM
Jefferson County Department of Health Order On Suspending Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection By COVID-19 - click here
Update #6 3/16/20 3:30 PM
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Taking Precautionary Measures Due to COVID-19/Coronavirus - Click Here
Update #5, 3/16/20 2:30 PM
The Jefferson County Commission has declared a state of emergency for Jefferson County, Alabama - Click Here
Declaration resolution - Click Here
Courthouse closure resolution - Click Here
Update #4 3/15/20 5 p.m.
Alabama Supreme Court suspends in person court hearings. - Click Here
Update #3, 3/13/20 5:30 PM
The Jefferson County Board of Education has issued a statement closing all Jefferson County Schools beginning Monday, March 16th. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6th. - Click Here
Update #2, 3/13/20 5:00 PM
How the Jefferson County Commission is preparing for the Coronavirus - Click Here
Update #1 3/13/2020
COVID-19 Updated Response Plan for Jefferson County Courts - Click Here