COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our communities, families, children and staff.

The coronavirus has not gone away, and Alabama continues to see an increase in cases.  Join Gateway staff in practicing universal precautions.  Our motto is "Assume the virus. Act accordingly."  Below is guidance to support your health, as well as your family’s health during this time:

  • Keep washing your hands. Remind others to do the same.  Watch this video on proper hand washing.
  • Wear a mask. For your sake and everyone else's.
  • Practice social distancing and remain at least six-feet apart from non-household members.
  • Keep disinfecting wipes and sanitizer in your home and in your car at all times.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Be aware of your symptoms, the symptoms of others and symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
  • Listen to the advice and guidance of medical experts and public health authorities.  Links can be found below.


Wear A Mask.

Jefferson County announces Face Mask Ordinance, effective June 29, 2020.


Where can you get the best information about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus?

As directed in Gateway's Infection Control Plan, Gateway is closely monitoring COVID-19 updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Jefferson County Department of Health. 

Gateway encourages you to follow the guidelines from the CDC, ADPH and JCDH to prevent or report illness, as well as minimize the spread of infection.  You can also look at the data and medical sources we are reviewing  in the link below.


What we're reading:

COVID-19 hasn't gone away, but many restrictions on our activities have. That leave us all with decisions to make.  Gateway is basing our decisions on data and medical expertise.

Resources for Alabama children and families:

From food resources to online learning activities, Gateway is updating this list for Alabama families.

Support children in foster care through COVID-19.

In our 129 years of experience, the coronavirus is creating a new set of needs and challenges for children in foster care.

Public Health Resources:

VIDEO: How to properly wash your hands.

Do not assume you already know how to do this. Watch this video from the CDC on how to properly wash your hands.

Alabama Coronavirus Testing Hotline

The Alabama Department of Public Health has setup a 24/7 coronavirus testing hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

Talking with children about the coronavirus.

Review the CDC's guidelines for how to talk with children about the coronavirus.

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Click here to read COVID-19 updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

Click here to read COVID-19 updates from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH)

Click here to read COVID-19 updates from the Jefferson County Department of Health.