Coronavirus

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…

No Fans, No Fun: Athletes Uneasy Over Empty-Arena Solutions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is one of the few players who can tell them exactly what that looks like. He pitched for the Chicago White Sox in a 2015 game played without fans in Baltimore…

Kemp: 3 More Cases of COVID-19 Found in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) – Three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Georgia, bringing the number of cases so far to five, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said Saturday. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one individual is from Cobb County and recently returned from Italy. That person is under isolation at…

Two Jacksonville State University Students Exposed to Coronavirus

Administrators at Jacksonville State University have notified everyone on campus that two JSU students have been exposed to coronavirus. The exposure happened outside of Alabama. JSU says the students have not shown any symptoms. Full Statement from Jacksonville State University: Dear students, faculty and staff, While there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State of…

Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Georgia

Health officials say passengers who flew on a jet with a Georgia man who later tested positive for the COVID-19 virus were never screened based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a Tuesday news briefing, local health officials said the 56-year-old Fulton County man had traveled to Atlanta from Milan, Italy, on Feb. 22 and…

Is Alabama Prepared to Contain the Coronavirus?

Six people in the U.S.  have been confirmed dead, and at least another 100 are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Monday morning Alabama health officials held a press conference, to outline what the state is prepared to do in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. “We are very confident that we have a good…

ADPH Recommends Flu Shot and Other Normal Precautions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to provide up-to-date information about the ways to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has no reports of COVID-19 in Alabama. ADPH reminds the public to follow normal precautions to prevent illness and the spread of disease. Preventative measures…