Coronavirus

Staff Member to Vice President Mike Pence Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus. Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller says the unidentified staff member did not have “close contact” to either the vice president or President Trump. MORE COVERAGE FROM CBS NEWS “Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines,” Miller said. The case appears to be the first…

Alabama Dept. of Corrections Announces 30-Day Moritorium on Accepting Inmates from County Jails

The Alabama Department of Corrections has announced it’s placing a 30-day moratorium on new intakes from county jails based on Gov. Kay Ivey’s declared State of Emergency related to COVID-19. ADOC says this restriction includes new commitments, court returns and parolees and probationers who are revoked or sanctioned. During this time, the department says it will continue to receive inmates…

Publix Joins List of Companies Planning to Hire More Workers

Publix Super Markets has announced that it’s planning to hire thousands of new workers by the end of March to fill positions in its stores and distribution centers.   “We take pride in serving our communities during times of need, and with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we’re in need of more associates to help across our operating area,”…

Schools Implement Feeding Programs During Coronavirus Crisis

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County and Selma City Schools — have set up feeding programs — to provide food security for children during the Coronavirus crisis. Alabama schools have been shut down because of Coronavirus. But since some students — don’t get enough to eat at home. Dallas County Schools is providing free meals — so children don’t…

Social Distancing? Consider Adopting a Shelter Pet

With social distancing orders in place and many people staying home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, adopting a shelter pet can be a great way to help with some of the anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic. Steven Tears is the Executive Director of the Montgomery Humane Society. He say’s this is a great time to…

Governor Ivey Prepared to Get Assistance from National Guard to Enforce Public Health Order If Needed

Governor Kay Ivey announced today that she has given authorization to Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon with the Alabama National Guard to activate up to 100 guardsmen, should the need arise to combat COVID-19. There is no determined need for formal assistance at this time, nor is there a plan for the Guard to operate as any type of enforcement of…

Hyundai Manufacturing Suspending Production for 7 Days

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) will extend its suspension of production of automobiles in Montgomery, due to an anticipated decline in market demand related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. HMMA intends to suspend production for seven days beginning March 23, through Tuesday, March 31. This suspension will reduce production by approximately 10,000 vehicles during these seven days….

Standardized Testing Waived for Rest of School Year

The Alabama Department of Education has been approved for a waiver to waive standardized testing. This comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey made the announcement earlier Friday afternoon confirming that the U.S. Department of Education and President Trump had approved a waiver for the state’s schools during this COVID-19 pandemic. Mackey says…

Alabama Now Has Over 100 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Public health has released the updated cases of COVID-19 in the state. The total number of cases in Alabama has topped 100 with 106 of confirmed cases in the state. Jefferson County has the most cases with 50 cases. Montgomery County has 3 confirmed cases. BREAKING: 106 confirmed cases in Alabama, according to @ALPublicHealth. pic.twitter.com/cSGPRYjmW1 —…

Alabama to Waive Employer Charges for COVID-19 Related Claims

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington has temporarily ordered that relief be offered to employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims for weeks filed due to COVID-19 related issues.  All charges will be waived against those employers who file partial unemployment compensation claims on behalf of their employees. These charges will be waived until further notice. ADOL is…