Coronavirus

CDC Funds ADPH with Over $40 Million Grant to Address COVID-19 Related Health Disparities

CDC has awarded the Alabama Department of Public Health $40,452,096 to address COVID-19-related health disparities. The funding, part of a $2.25 billion nationwide investment, seeks to advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services. This is CDC’s largest investment to date to improve health equity in the United States.

Selma City Schools Offers In-Person & Virtual Summer Learning

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Selma City Schools kicks off a two-pronged summer session this year — that features both — in-person and virtual learning. In person learning is available SCS students — from Pre-K to 12th grade. There’s also a virtual learning option available — for 6th to 12th graders. The Excel in Summer Enriched Learning program features an…

Doctor: Alabama’s Lagging Vaccination Rates a Concern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An infectious disease expert says the low vaccination rate in Alabama is concerning and he is watching to see how many cases rise after the Memorial Day holiday. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama has the second-lowest percentage of people vaccinated, ranking only above Mississippi. Dr. Mike Saag is a…

Another COVID Side Effect: Many Kids Head to Summer School

As the second school year disrupted by the pandemic winds down, summer school plans are taking shape around the country. An influx of federal funding included in COVID-19 rescue legislation is letting districts broaden programming and offer spots to more students than ever before. The Biden administration is requiring states to pour at least $1.2 billion into summer enrichment programs….

Tourism Surge Meets Worker Shortages at Alabama Beaches

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) —  Tourism officials say Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches are seeing a surge of tourists that for some businesses could turn into their busiest June ever. They’re asking visitors to bring along a little extra patience, as businesses including hotels and restaurants struggle to find enough workers in an economy still emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. Orange Beach…

ADPH Updating COVID-19 Dashboard Less Frequently Due to Drop in Numbers

Along with decreases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) will be updating its dashboard less frequently. This is the new schedule effective June 7: ·        The Data and Surveillance Dashboard will update on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. ·        The Vaccine Distribution Dashboard will update on Tuesday and…

Birmingham Mayor Pushing City Worker Bonuses Amid Pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham employees could soon have a bonus coming to thank them for their work during the coronavirus pandemic if city and council officials agree to the pay adjustments. Mayor Randall Woodfin sent a message to employees Friday announcing his plans. The mayor’s office says Woodfin will present the proposal to the Birmingham City Council on Tuesday…

Plummeting Alabama Vaccination Rate Worrying Health Leaders

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Alabama has fallen to a level not seen since the earliest days of the immunization campaign even though less than 30% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. Statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health showed Friday that the number of people getting shots in recent days was similar…