Coronavirus

Local Schools, Churches and Businesses taking Extra Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Currently, Alabama does not have a confirmed case of the coronavirus but health officials warn that it is only a matter of time. Local churches, schools and businesses are already taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Montgomery Public School Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says the system has already sent letters home explaining precautions for parents and…

NCAA Limiting Attendance to NCAA Tournament Basketball Games Due to Coronavirus

NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. Categories: Coronavirus,…

WHO declares that virus crisis is now a pandemic

ROME (AP) – The World Health Organization is declaring that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. The assessment comes as Italy is weighing even tighter restrictions on daily life and has announced billions in financial relief to cushion economic shocks from the coronavirus. Premier Giuseppe Conte says he will consider requests to toughen an already extraordinary lockdown. The…

State Officials: No Coronavirus Cases Reported in Alabama

State School Supt. Dr. Eric Mackey speaking at news conference on coronavirus preparations At a news conference this afternoon, leaders from the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency said that Alabama remains free of reported cases of coronavirus. But State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says that he expects…

Employee at Georgia Waffle House Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Company officials say a worker at a Georgia Waffle House tested positive for COVID-19, prompting co-workers to quarantine themselves in their homes. Waffle House said in a statement Tuesday that none of the co-workers from the restaurant in the Canton area have shown any signs of illness. Meanwhile, five more people in Georgia have tested positive for the new coronavirus,…

Coronavirus Spreads to 8 Georgia Counties

Health officials say five more people in Georgia have tested positive for COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control. That means a total of 17 people in the state have now tested positive, though some of the tests have yet to be confirmed by the CDC. Gov. Brian Kemp said late Monday that the cases are from eight Georgia counties:…

Coronavirus Affecting Travel

As Spring approaches, may people are monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak, and the impact it will have on travel. Alabama World Travel is a travel advisory agency that has been doing business in Montgomery for nearly 30 years. This is one of the busiest times of the year for the agency. Officials say people are still wanting to travel, but there…

Dow Jones Drops 7.8%, Worst Fall Since 2008

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 7.8%, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008, as a free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from the spreading coronavirus outbreak seize markets. The sharp drops triggered the first automatic halts in trading in two decades. The price of oil plunged nearly 25% after Saudi Arabia indicated it would…

Seeking Trial Delay, Sheriff Accused of Making False COVID-19 Claim

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for an Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his theft trial falsely claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial Monday on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge he was hospitalized and being tested for the COVID-19…

Oil Plunges 20% as Another Virus-Fueled Trading Week Begins

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil prices are plunging as a dispute among producers could lead a global economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $9.50, or 20.1%, to $35.77 per barrel, as of 7:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday after earlier touching its lowest price since 2016. The dramatic…