Coronavirus

Montgomery County Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus, First Confirmed Case in Alabama

Alabama has reported its first case of coronavirus. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office made the announcement Friday. The case was found in Montgomery. The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that people cancel or avoid large public gatherings with more than 500 people, schools and workplaces not included. Alabama was one of the last states to report a case. State…

AUM Switching to Online Classes Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Auburn University at Montgomery has become the latest higher education institution to decide to switch from in-person classes to online classes due to the coronavirus. Here is the statement from AUM: In response to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Auburn University at Montgomery will temporarily move from in-person instruction to remote delivery of course content. The change in course…

State Health Officer Recommends Avoiding Events with 500+ People

At a news conference this afternoon, Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says he is recommending that people avoid public gatherings of 500 or more people as a way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Harris said that as of now, the state of Alabama still has no confirmed cases of coronavirus. WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE Harris says…

ASU Closing Campus for Remainder of Spring Semester Following Spring Break Vacation

Alabama State University leaders have announced that students shouldn’t return to campus after next week’s Spring Break vacation. The university says they will offer online classes and other alternative delivery methods to allow students to complete their courses. This will begin on March 30 until the end of the semester. Alabama State says they will communicate all plans for returning…

Troy University Transitioning All Classes to Alternative Delivery Method, In-person Classes Scheduled to Resume on April 6

Troy University officials Thursday  announced the transition of all classes to alternative delivery methods effective Monday, March 16. In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6.   According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are currently no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Alabama.   Students are encouraged to stay home, but residence halls will remain…

NCAA Cancels NCAA Basketball Tournament, Previously Planned to Play Games Without Fans

The NCAA has announced via Twitter that they will cancel the  men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments. President Mark Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The NCAA follows in the footsteps of other sports…

Alabama Legislature Approves Money for Coronavirus Response

Alabama lawmakers have approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness. The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations today. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the funding should help provide centers where people…

NASCAR to Postpone Racing Until May 3

Update: NASCAR has decided to postpone all racing events until May 3. NASCAR has responded to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus by restricting access to upcoming race events. NASCAR has issued this statement: “At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted…

Auburn to Shift to Online Classes Starting Monday Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Auburn University has announced that it will transition from on-campus to remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through April 10 in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement, university officials have asked that students not return to campus after spring break. University officials will decide later if students will return to campus for…

NHL Follows in NBA Footsteps, Suspends Season Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is “pausing” its season. The move comes a day after the NBA suspended play following a player’s positive COVID-19 test. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for the virus. The NHL is halting play…