Coronavirus

State Health Officer on President Trump’s Diagnosis

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said he doesn’t know specifics about President Donald Trump’s COVID case, but he said this goes to show the pandemic is not over and it does not discriminate, “It affects everyone: young and old, black and white and whatever party you’re in. We still have a lot of disease transmission in our country.” Early…

Trump Has COVID-19, Going to Military Hospital

The White House says President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital after contracting COVID-19. Trump was to depart the White House by helicopter late Friday for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a White House official said. COVERAGE FROM CBS NEWS COVERAGE FROM ABC NEWS The official said the visit was precautionary and that Trump…

Trump received experimental antibody cocktail, remains ‘fatigued’ after COVID-19 diagnosis

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House doctor says President Donald Trump remains “fatigued” after contracting COVID-19 and has been injected with a special combination of drugs. Trump is being treated with an experimental antibody cocktail for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and now has spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government. Trump tweeted early…

How a Local Massage Therapy Business Stays Afloat During COVID

We’re approaching month seven since Alabama saw its first COVID case. Peaceful Solutions Massage Therapy has been in business in Montgomery for years, but when the pandemic hit, it affects a business that operates by touch a lot harder– Both physically and financially. “I didn’t quit working because the governor told me to. I quit working because I wanted my…

University of Alabama Cancels Spring Break, Extends Winter Break

The University of Alabama announced Wednesday morning that it will cancel Spring Break in 2021. University officials say it will continue in-person instruction and provide on-campus residence for the 2021 Spring Semester, but classes will start Wednesday, January 13, a week later than previously scheduled. Officials also say classes will be canceled on Monday, March 15 as a wellness/study day…

Alabama’s Face Mask Mandate Extended; Visitors Now Allowed in Health Care Facilities

Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris held a news conference this morning to update the state on Alabama’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news conference was carried live on Alabama News Network. Ivey is extending the state’s mask mandate until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. It had been due to expire on Friday. Most…

Dallas Co. Schools Provides Mobile Hot Spots for Students

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County Schools is outfitting 30 buses in it’s fleet — with Wi-Fi technology. “It’s our plan to eventually have all 72 of our buses outfitted, but this first 30 will be placed strategically,” said Superintendent Hattie Shelton. “We still have some students that are still not getting internet well. And so, hopefully, this will…

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. Officials said Tuesday that two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from salaried…

Alabama Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Bars and Restaurants

Alcohol regulators in Alabama have lifted restrictions imposed on bars and restaurants over the summer. The restrictions put in place were to stem the spread of COVID-19. Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Tuesday afternoon to eliminate an emergency rule that required businesses to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. and close 30 minutes later. The ABC Board…

Governor Ivey Thanks Trump Administration for Supplying Alabama with Over 1 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Test tube with blood sample for COVID-19 test. Positive test. Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday applauded President Trump, Vice President Pence and the Administration for supplying Alabama with over 1 million Abbott Laboratories BinaxNow, rapid COVID-19 tests. The Alabama Department of Public Health will be receiving these shipments in phases during the next few months. The initial shipment will be…