Coronavirus

Troy University Transitioning All Classes to Alternative Delivery Method, In-person Classes Scheduled to Resume on April 6

Troy University officials Thursday  announced the transition of all classes to alternative delivery methods effective Monday, March 16. In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6.   According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are currently no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Alabama.   Students are encouraged to stay home, but residence halls will remain…

NCAA Cancels NCAA Basketball Tournament, Previously Planned to Play Games Without Fans

The NCAA has announced via Twitter that they will cancel the  men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments. President Mark 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. The NCAA follows in the footsteps of other sports…

Alabama Legislature Approves Money for Coronavirus Response

Alabama lawmakers have approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness. The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations today. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the funding should help provide centers where people…

NASCAR to Postpone Racing Until May 3

Update: NASCAR has decided to postpone all racing events until May 3. NASCAR has responded to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus by restricting access to upcoming race events. NASCAR has issued this statement: “At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted…

Auburn to Shift to Online Classes Starting Monday Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Auburn University has announced that it will transition from on-campus to remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through April 10 in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement, university officials have asked that students not return to campus after spring break. University officials will decide later if students will return to campus for…

NHL Follows in NBA Footsteps, Suspends Season Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is “pausing” its season. The move comes a day after the NBA suspended play following a player’s positive COVID-19 test. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for the virus. The NHL is halting play…

State JROTC Drill in Greenville Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Alabama News Network has learned that the Alabama JROTC State Championship Drill scheduled for Saturday in Greenville has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus. “I cannot express how disappointing this is for our cadets and for me personally,”  Col. Alan Hester, the senior JROTC instructor at Greenville High School, said via email. “We invested a lot of time…

SEC, Other Conferences Cancel Basketball Conference Tournaments Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The SEC and the other big conferences in college sports have now all canceled their basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus, putting the celebrated NCAA March Madness Tournament in doubt. The Power 5 conferences are the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference. Within minutes of each other, they announced that the remainder of their tournaments would…

U.S. State Dept. Wants You to Reconsider Traveling Abroad

The Department of State wants U.S. residents to reconsider traveling outside of the country because of the coronavirus. It says travelers may experience border restrictions and quarantines. These conditions could arise with very little notice. For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. Visit travel.state.gov to see travel advisories and updates on safety and…

U.S. Capitol Closing to Public Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT today. Lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings. The statement…