Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended the state's mask mandate into mid-March Thursday morning as COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to surge across the state.

The state's mask mandate, which has been in place since early last summer, was set to expire Friday. It is now set to expire on March 5th, although it could certainly be extended again at that time.

Ivey said the extension does not amend the existing Safer at Home Order at all -- it will simply remain in place, unchanged, for six more weeks.

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