What We're Reading

Sources and guidance based on science and medicine.

What We're Reading

Sources and guidance based on science and medicine.

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

The purpose of this page is to inform you of what we are reviewing as we continue to operate during the global pandemic and beyond. As the world navigates "new norms," we are continuously evaluating every aspect of how we support the health of our children, families, and foster parents, as well as our staff and their families.  

Based on data, Gateway adapts our response to COVID-19, and other stressors, for families as required to keep staff and those we serve safe while meeting evolving needs.

All Gateway staff are trained in universal precautions. That means we assume a risk of infection and take the steps necessary to reduce that risk and protect ourselves and those we serve. Living and working in the time of COVID-19 means extending precautions to everything we do.  

Along with monitoring information from the CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Jefferson County Department of Health, Gateway is reviewing the following sources and information to stay on top of how current events impact our field:

Vaccine Information

Alabamians 12 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Stay informed on what experts are saying.

Gateway's CEO, Kate O'Day, Published by CWLA

Gateway's CEO, Kate O'Day, was recently published by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA.) The global pandemic, inflation and other recent stressors for families across the world forever changed the way family service agencies provide care. Leaders across the field navigated agencies through never before seen challenges. Becoming the Change We Seek: Stories from CEOs in the Voluntary Sector is a collection of essays “focused on—and dedicated to—the executive and voluntary leadership of child and family services organizations. Eight CEOs of child- and family-serving organizations across the nation discuss their career journeys, lessons learned, and hopes for the future of child welfare.

If you would like to read the full publication, you can purchase a digital PDF by visiting CWLA's Bookstore

5/28/2021: Latest CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals.

The CDC has determined it safe for vaccinated individuals to resume activities prior to the pandemic.

2/10/2021: Vaccine vs variant: promising data in Israel's race to defeat pandemic

Half of eligible citizens have received their vaccines in Israel, resulting in a 53% decline in new cases.

11/18/2020: Dr. Michael Saag's November update to the Birmingham Rotary Club.

We highly recommend you watching Dr. Saag's monthly presentation to the Birmingham Rotary Club, especially before the Thanksgiving holidays.

9/16/2020: Dr. Michael Saag provides COVID-19 updates and medical insights to Birmingham business community.

Dr. Michael Saag's presentation to the Birmingham Rotary Club is worth you and your family's time.  The presentation is between minutes 7-22 on the link.

6/15/2020: Alabama sees nation's second most new cases per capita in last 7 days.

Between Monday, June 8 and Sunday, June 14, Alabama saw the second highest rate of new coronavirus cases per capita in the nation.

6/22/2020: MUST WATCH - Dr. Michael Saag updates public on COVID-19.

This presentation to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is worth your time, for the health and safety of our families and communities.

5/26/2020: "We're Surging." Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date.

Alabama saw its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases May 25, 2020.  To date, Alabama has more than 15,600 positive COVID-19 cases.

5/22/2020: Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson extends closure of high-risk venues.

Watch Dr. Mark Wilson's press conference on the latest Jefferson County Public Health updates and Public Health Orders.

5/17/2020: Alabama Health Officer says "Numbers are not headed in the right direction."

People must remain vigilant and careful as more businesses reopen and people return to more normal activity, Alabama’s top public health officials say, because the threat from COVID-19 has not dissipated.

5/13/2020: Senator Jones updates constituents on federal COVID-19 response.

Thanks to our friends at the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and The Women's Network for making Senator Jones' legislative update available.

3/25/2020: UAB Medicine Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Michael Saag presents to Birmingham Rotary Club.

Dr. Michael Saag gives medical, personal and public policy insight in response to COVID-19.

Wear a mask. For your sake and everyone else's.

ALABAMA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 8/27/2020: Statewide face mask ordinance extended through October 2020.

Governor Kay Ivey has extended the Safer At Home Order, to include the statewide face mask ordinance, to October 31, 2020.

ALABAMA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 7/15/2020: Statewide face mask ordinance announced.

Governor Kay Ivey has amended the Safer at Home Order to include a mask requirement statewide.

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 6/26/2020: Face mask ordinance effective June 29, 2020.

Jefferson County's Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson Announces a required face mask ordinance, effective June 29, 2020.

BHAM NOW & UAB 6/18/2020: Why wearing a mask matters.

UAB's Dr. Rachel Lee explains the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

USA TODAY 4/27/2020: How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask:

Face masks of all kinds slow the spread of the virus by reducing how widely the wearer spreads germs by speaking, coughing or sneezing. Here’s information on the types of masks and how they can be cleaned, stored and reused safely.

Avoid activities and gatherings that put you at risk of infection.

CDC 3/15/2020: What we learned from a choir practice in Skagit County, Washington.

Knowing how the virus spreads can help you avoid the situations that put you at risk, or minimize your risk under certain conditions. This article from the CDC informs us a lot about how the virus spreads. Click the link below to find out more.

DR. ERIN BROMAGE 5/20/2020: Know the risks and avoid them.

This article explains what we know from science about how the virus spreads and how to avoid the risks.