Coronavirus

Coronavirus and Children, UAB Pediatrician Gives Insight

As the start of the school year inches closer, there are still many unknowns about coronavirus and children. Alabama News Network spoke with Dr. GiGi Youngblood of Children’s Hospital of Alabama to get some answers. A portion of the interview can be read below. Q: When it comes to children and coronavirus, are children more or less susceptible to the virus? A:…

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies from COVID-19

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after battling the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on Cain’s Twitter account on Thursday announced the death. You're never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God's strength and comfort to deal… #HermanCain https://t.co/BtOgoLVqKz — Herman…

Perry Co. School Board Approves Reopening Plan Amid Pandemic

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The plan to reopen schools in Perry County amid the COVID-19 pandemic — has officially been approved by the school board. Superintendent Marcia Smiley says the first nine weeks of the school year will be virtual. She says every student in the district has access to an ipad — but about twenty percent of them…

Mask Required in Alabama Schools & Colleges, Governor Ivey Extends Safer At Home Order Until August 31

1/3safer at home ammendment Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3safer at home august 31 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3safer at home order Show Caption Hide Caption When students return to school this fall, face mask or coverings will be required. The mandate comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise, and officials grabble with how to return student and teachers to class…

Alabama Department of Labor Warns Unemployment Recipients to be Cautious of Fraud

The Alabama Department of Labor is warning Alabamians receiving unemployment compensation to be wary of fraud and to protect their personal identifying information. Unemployment compensation fraud has always occurred, but instances are increasing significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a problem that is occurring nationwide, as unscrupulous individuals and crime rings are attempting to defraud states of millions of…

Macon County Offices Reopen After Closing Due to Multiple Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

Acting Macon County Commission Chairman Miles Robinson Sr., Sheriff Andre Brunson and EMA / Homeland Security Director Frank H. Lee have deemed all Macon  County offices safe to reopen. The Courthouse and Annex were closed last week due to multiple employees testing positive for COVID-19. The Macon County Courthouse and Annex reopened Wednesday, July 29. All offices and court proceedings…

Businessman Accused of Faking Own Death to Avoid Prosecution for COVID-19 Loan Fraud

Authorities have captured a businessman accused of faking his own death to avoid prosecution for fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable loans intended for businesses struggling during the pandemic. The U.S. Marshals Service says David Staveley, who also goes by Kurt Sanborn, was captured last week in Georgia. Prosecutors say the Andover, Massachusetts, man sought nearly $440,000…

Dallas Co. Schools Finalizing Plans to Reopen Amid COVID-19

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County Schools is finalizing it’s plans to reopen for the upcoming school year. The school district is providing options for student learning this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. First, there’s the face to face option — which puts students back in the classroom for some instruction. The second option available for students — is…

Tallassee City Schools Reopening Plans

Tallassee City Schools is giving parents two learning options upon returning to school in a soft opening Wednesday, August 19, 2020: virtual or face-to-face/blended learning. Tallassee City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brock Nolan says 80% of parents in the city are comfortable with in-person instruction: “August the 19th ‘A’ group will start in our schools, and ‘B’ group will be at…

Airlines Ramp Up COVID-19 Safety Procedures

Southwest Airlines says it won’t allow health waivers to its face-mask rule. Only children under 2 will be exempt from the requirement to cover their mouth and nose during flights. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines said Thursday that it will expand its coronavirus testing of employees to include at-home tests. Air travel has collapsed because of the virus pandemic, and airlines…