Coronavirus

Ivey urges patience with Alabama’s vaccine rollout

Gov. Kay Ivey received the second and final dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery (Source: Governor Ivey’s Office/Twitter) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging people to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ivey addressed reporters Tuesday after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The governor said the state…

Carver High School in Montgomery to go Virtual for Two Weeks

Students and staff at Carver High School in Montgomery are being forced to go virtual for two weeks. Montgomery Public Schools officials announced the decision Tuesday after an employee with the system tested positive for COVID-19 and was in close contact with several personnel and students at the high school. The mandatory 14-day period will start Wednesday, January 14. MPS…

Thousands Party in Streets after Alabama Win Despite Virus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Thousands of excited football fans ignored pandemic precautions and partied in streets around the University of Alabama after the Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State for the national championship. City officials had urged people to watch the game at home and celebrate privately to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. But students and others…

Andalusia Health Not Allowing Hospital Visitors

Andalusia Health has announced that it will no longer permit visitors to its hospital, effective today at 5PM. It says it wants to help ensure the safety of its patients, providers, employees and community. The policy is in effect until further notice. It says some exceptions to the policy may apply, such as for pediatric patients, obstetric patients, outpatient surgery…

State ABC Board Temporarily Closing 41 Stores Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board  is temporarily closing 41 ABC stores across the state, effective January 16. The board says it’s making the decision for the safety of employees and customers as the number of COVID-19 cases rises. “Closing some of our stores will provide the greatest amount of employee/customer protection, while ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency,” said ABC…

Pandemic causes another trial delay for Alabama sheriff

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – The trial of a long-serving Alabama sheriff accused of theft and ethics charges is being delayed again. A circuit judge is citing the coronavirus pandemic for his decision to postpone the case against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. Blakely was first set to go on trial in March 2020, but the case was delayed until March…

Alabama’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline Overwhelmed

The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking people to not call the vaccine scheduling hotline if you do not qualify. COVID-19 vaccination appointments are currently only available for healthcare workers, people 75 years and older, and first responders (including law enforcement and firefighters). The hotline received more than 1.1 million calls in the first day of being open to…

Jackson Hospital Begins Pre-Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine

Jackson Hospital has begun online pre-registration for community members 75 years of age or older to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. In conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Jackson Hospital will begin scheduling appointments for those interested in receiving a vaccination later this month. Community members 75 years of age or older can visit www.jackson.org to pre-register. Pre-registration does not register…

Is the Black Community Reluctant to take Coronavirus Vaccines?

Tuskegee leaders are reassuring the community that the vaccine is safe.

For many years people in Tuskegee, Alabama and many other predominately black communities have held reservations about government sponsored vaccinations. The black community of Macon Co. is apprehensive about the vaccine with good reason. From 1932 to 1972, the Federal Government conducted syphillys studies on 600 black men in Macon Co. The men were never given actual treatment, and the…