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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - January 27

Jan 27th, 2021

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening,


It is 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 32,403 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 145 cases. To review the most recent detailed report, click here.


The City of Mobile has published a page dedicated to information about COVID-19 vaccines on our website. Because the availability of vaccinations and who qualifies to receive them are continually changing, we wanted to create a resource for information about where vaccines are being offered as well as information from local hospitals and public health officials. You can find that page by clicking here.


Earlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting Hancock Whitney Stadium to see the Reese’s Senior Bowl players hard at work. I also had an opportunity to spend some time with Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy and Heisman trophy winner DeVonta Smith.


Even though COVID-19 has limited the events leading up to this year’s Senior Bowl, Nagy and his staff assembled an incredible roster of talented seniors including many, like Smith, who will be playing on Sundays very soon. I’m very impressed with the care that has gone into keeping this 72-year-old tradition alive while protecting the health and safety of the players, coaching staff and fans. 

This evening I also wanted to highlight a young lady who is blazing a trail in our area. Catherine “Catie” Simpson is only the 5th female to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in Alabama and is the first to do so in Southern Alabama. Women were only invited into the highest ranks of the Boy Scouts last year and Catie, who comes from a Scouting family, met the rigorous qualifications in near-record time.


Catie’s Eagle Scout project was building and installing nine bat houses at Bellingrath Gardens to help grow the bat populations to enhance pollination and insect control. You can see footage of her completing the project and hear more about her time in the Boy Scouts in this news clip from WKRG News 5.


In Leadership Promises for Every Day, author J. Maxwell recounts the story from 1st Samuel where Jonathan stood in the gap for his friend David to protect him. We all need loyal friends who can help us to persevere through the tough times. David turned to his friend for strength and encouragement.


I often turn to my friends for counsel and encouragement, but I also think it’s important to be that kind of supportive friend for others. Just as we all need support from time to time, so do our friends. Maybe you have a friend who could use some additional support. If so, reach out to them. Sometimes it takes little more than picking up the phone and listening to help someone we care about.