Coronavirus

SEC, Other Conferences Cancel Basketball Conference Tournaments Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The SEC and the other big conferences in college sports have now all canceled their basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus, putting the celebrated NCAA March Madness Tournament in doubt. The Power 5 conferences are the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference. Within minutes of each other, they announced that the remainder of their tournaments would…

U.S. State Dept. Wants You to Reconsider Traveling Abroad

The Department of State wants U.S. residents to reconsider traveling outside of the country because of the coronavirus. It says travelers may experience border restrictions and quarantines. These conditions could arise with very little notice. For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. Visit travel.state.gov to see travel advisories and updates on safety and…

U.S. Capitol Closing to Public Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT today. Lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings. The statement…

Princess Cruises to Stop Operations for 60 Days Because of Coronavirus

Princess Cruises has announced, due to the coronavirus, it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for 60 days, affecting trips departing March 12 to May 10. Cruise ships have been particularly hard hit amid the new pandemic and have been turned away by dozens of ports and countries. The Diamond Princess cruise ship, which Japanese officials…

Local Schools, Churches and Businesses taking Extra Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Currently, Alabama does not have a confirmed case of the coronavirus but health officials warn that it is only a matter of time. Local churches, schools and businesses are already taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Montgomery Public School Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says the system has already sent letters home explaining precautions for parents and…

NCAA Limiting Attendance to NCAA Tournament Basketball Games Due to Coronavirus

NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. 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. Categories: Coronavirus,…

WHO declares that virus crisis is now a pandemic

ROME (AP) – The World Health Organization is declaring that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. The assessment comes as Italy is weighing even tighter restrictions on daily life and has announced billions in financial relief to cushion economic shocks from the coronavirus. Premier Giuseppe Conte says he will consider requests to toughen an already extraordinary lockdown. The…

State Officials: No Coronavirus Cases Reported in Alabama

State School Supt. Dr. Eric Mackey speaking at news conference on coronavirus preparations At a news conference this afternoon, leaders from the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency said that Alabama remains free of reported cases of coronavirus. But State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says that he expects…

Employee at Georgia Waffle House Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Company officials say a worker at a Georgia Waffle House tested positive for COVID-19, prompting co-workers to quarantine themselves in their homes. Waffle House said in a statement Tuesday that none of the co-workers from the restaurant in the Canton area have shown any signs of illness. Meanwhile, five more people in Georgia have tested positive for the new coronavirus,…