Coronavirus

Alabama May Resume To-Go Alcohol Sales as Virus Surges

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama officials may go back to allowing bars and restaurants to make curbside alcohol sales amid a surge of coronavirus infections in the state. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has scheduled an emergency virtual meeting on the issue Monday. The board agreed in March to allow businesses with liquor licenses to sell to-go orders…

Service Set for Medal of Honor Recipient Who Died of COVID-19

President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A Medal of Honor recipient from Opelika who died after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year will be laid to rest this week at Arlington National Cemetery. Services for Bennie G. Adkins were announced by his private…

Historic COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments Begin in the U.S.

A truck loaded with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine leaves the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool) The first trucks carrying a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States have pulled out of a manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The shipments this morning set in motion the biggest…

COVID-19 Vaccine To Arrive in States Monday

U.S. officials say the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning. Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states. An additional 425 sites will get shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday. Initially, about 3 million doses are expected…

U.S. Allows Emergency COVID-19 Vaccine in Bid to End Pandemic

The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, launching emergency vaccinations in a bid to end the pandemic. Shots will begin in a few days after Friday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA called the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech safe and strongly protective. But initial doses are scarce…

Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Could be in Alabama By Monday

On Thursday an FDA advisory panel gave the Pfizer vaccine a positive recommendation. Friday the FDA met and is expected to give the Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization. The vaccine may be approved on Saturday, but some officials say it could happen as soon as Friday night. As soon as authorization is granted, which is expected this weekend, the vaccine…

Free COVID-19 Testing Held at Theo Ratliff Center in Demopolis

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Free COVID-19 tests were given to people in Demopolis at a drive-thru test site at the Theo Ratliff Center. The Alabama Department of Public Health administered free COVID tests Friday — from 10 in the morning — to 2 in the afternoon. The Theo Ratliff Activity Center hosted the event. “We’ve been real concerned as…

Montgomery Hospitals Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine in Coming Weeks

Baptist Health has announced it is expected to the receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine soon. The hospital says it will receive 3,900 doses of the vaccine in the its initial shipment. To clarify, the initial shipment is intended for only 3,900 unique individuals. A second shipment of 3,900 additional doses is expected to follow in the coming weeks. This will be…

State Virus Deaths Top 4,000 as State Sets Virus Records

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama hit new records Thursday for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and a new low for the percentage of available intensive care beds in the states. Dr. Don Williamson, the former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association, said the state is seeing the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings. The wave of cases comes in…

West Montgomery County Revenue Office Closed Due to COVID-19

The Revenue Commissioner’s West Office is closed due to COVID-19-related issues. The Montgomery County Commission says the office on Mobile Highway is temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution while the facility is being sanitized. The office hopes to reopen on Monday. In the meantime, the Montgomery County Commission says residents can use the other facilities throughout the county:…