Coronavirus

$100 Gift Card Giveaway in Selma Set for Friday

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A project to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and education — is giving away free money. The Selma Center for Non-Violence, Truth and Reconciliation is giving away $100 gift cards to people this Friday. Ainka Jackson is the executive director at the center. “We will be giving out $15,000 dollars…

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey in Quarantine

Eric G. Mackey, Ed.D. State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is currently in quarantine. This all according to Michael Sibley, Director of Communications for State Dept. of Education. Dr. Mackey will still be participating in Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting remotely. Dr. Mackey was exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Although he tested negative and does not…

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Last Hurdle Before US Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine faces one final hurdle before an expected decision to greenlight the shot for use in millions of Americans. Food and Drug Administration advisers meet Thursday to scrutinize the company’s data for any red flags or oversights. The public review comes as U.K. regulators investigate two apparent cases of allergic reaction to the vaccine. Safety…

Montgomery Cancels Christmas Parade Due to COVID-19

The City of Montgomery officially announced that its annual Christmas parade has been canceled. City officials say that the Montgomery Capital City Christmas & Camellia Bowl Parade is canceled due to rising COVID-19 infection rates and widespread case activity in Montgomery and throughout the state. The City of Montgomery is encouraging residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 by utilizing…

Governor Ivey Extends Statewide Mask Order Until January 22

The statewide mask order that was set to expire this Friday has been extended. Governor Kay Ivey announced the extension this morning in a press conference. The Extended Safer at Home order now goes until January 22nd, 2021, at 5:00PM. The rest of the current order remains the same. Governor Ivey also extended the public health emergency until March 8,…

Alabama House of Representatives Makes Changes Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

New Measures

The 105 Member Alabama House of Representatives will use a remote voting system this February to increase social distancing and reduce the number of Representatives on the house floor. Members will use tablets to vote, and be divided between the house floor, the house viewing gallery, and three other designated areas in the state house. A live stream of the…

Huntsville School System Reopens After Cyberattack

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Students have returned to class in one of Alabama’s largest school systems after a cyberattack that shut down the system last week. Huntsville city school students still don’t have access to computers, because of that, teachers are returning to old-fashioned paper-and-pencil lessons. Classes resumed in Huntsville on Monday, a week after the attack first forced a…

COVID-19 Forces Closure of Elmore County District Attorney’s Office

The Elmore County District Attorney’s Office was closed starting today after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say those employees will be isolated. The office has been cleaned. Right now, the office is expected to reopen Wednesday, but it may be closed through the end of the week. Alabama News Network will keep you updated. Categories: Coronavirus, Montgomery, News…

Alabama Sets New Record for Coronavirus Hospitalizations

Alabama has set a new record of more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals. State numbers show that 2,079 patients were in the hospital Monday. Dr. Don Williamson is the former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association. He says at least three hospitals have begun to postpone non-emergency procedures amid staff shortages. Williamson says he…