Coronavirus

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,…

Coronavirus Spreads to 8 Georgia Counties

Health officials say five more people in Georgia have tested positive for COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control. That means a total of 17 people in the state have now tested positive, though some of the tests have yet to be confirmed by the CDC. Gov. Brian Kemp said late Monday that the cases are from eight Georgia counties:…

Coronavirus Affecting Travel

As Spring approaches, may people are monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak, and the impact it will have on travel. Alabama World Travel is a travel advisory agency that has been doing business in Montgomery for nearly 30 years. This is one of the busiest times of the year for the agency. Officials say people are still wanting to travel, but there…

Dow Jones Drops 7.8%, Worst Fall Since 2008

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 7.8%, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008, as a free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from the spreading coronavirus outbreak seize markets. The sharp drops triggered the first automatic halts in trading in two decades. The price of oil plunged nearly 25% after Saudi Arabia indicated it would…

Seeking Trial Delay, Sheriff Accused of Making False COVID-19 Claim

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for an Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his theft trial falsely claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial Monday on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge he was hospitalized and being tested for the COVID-19…

Oil Plunges 20% as Another Virus-Fueled Trading Week Begins

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil prices are plunging as a dispute among producers could lead a global economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $9.50, or 20.1%, to $35.77 per barrel, as of 7:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday after earlier touching its lowest price since 2016. The dramatic…

No Fans, No Fun: Athletes Uneasy Over Empty-Arena Solutions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is one of the few players who can tell them exactly what that looks like. He pitched for the Chicago White Sox in a 2015 game played without fans in Baltimore…

Kemp: 3 More Cases of COVID-19 Found in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) – Three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Georgia, bringing the number of cases so far to five, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said Saturday. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one individual is from Cobb County and recently returned from Italy. That person is under isolation at…

Two Jacksonville State University Students Exposed to Coronavirus

Administrators at Jacksonville State University have notified everyone on campus that two JSU students have been exposed to coronavirus. The exposure happened outside of Alabama. JSU says the students have not shown any symptoms. Full Statement from Jacksonville State University: Dear students, faculty and staff, While there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State of…