Coronavirus

Alexander City Schools to Switch to Remote Learning on January 19

Alexander City Schools Supt. Dr. Keith Lankford has announced that the school system will switch to remote learning effective Tuesday, January 19. Students are scheduled to be able to return to in-person classes on Monday, February 1. Lankford says the reason for the decision was an increase in COVID-19 cases within the school system. He says cases have risen in…

MPS Teachers and Employees Express Concerns With Return to In-Person Class

At Tuesday nights Montgomery County Board of Education meeting, teachers and employees addressed the board with their concerns surrounding coronavirus and in-person classes. Teachers say proper safety measures have not been taken, and they are having to incur out of pocket expenses for personal protection equipment. Back in March MPS issued PPE to teachers, but teachers say one ziplock bag…

Medical Breakthroughs: Cardiac Deaths+Gut Bacteria+Marijuana and Pregnancies

Harvard researchers say cardiac deaths not related to covid-19 spiked across the country at the onset of the pandemic, especially in areas hardest hit by coronavirus. At the same time, researchers say hospital visits for heart patients decreased. Not having enough or the right kind of gut bacteria may worsen the condition of someone with covid-19, according to a new…

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…