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Health Officials Recommend Steps for Healthy Holiday Travel

If you are planning to travel for the holiday season, might as well do it safely right? The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking Alabamians to either get tested or self-monitor yourself for any possible symptoms. These are the best ways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials say. The ADPH recommend the ‘GuideSafe’ app to help monitor…

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama Strongly Encouraging Alabamians to Get Flu Shot This Year

Getting the flu shot may be more important this year than previous years. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is strongly encouraging Alabamians to get a flu shot this year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, BCBS says reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like the flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. The Centers for Disease…

Officials Warn Stay Vigilant This Holiday Weekend to Avoid COVID Spike

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and the Alabama Department of Public Health is concerned about another spike in COVID cases. Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said this concern comes from the spike in virus cases associated with holidays… Memorial Day weekend, and most recently July 4th celebrations. That is the main factor Governor Ivey…

The Shoppes at Eastchase Farmers Market Returns May 9

The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market returns Saturday, May 9. The Farmers Market and vendors are taking extra precautions to follow all CDC and State Farmers Market Authority guidelines.  Vendors will be spread out so that everyone can practice social distancing. For the time being, dogs will not be allowed. This is the 16th year for the Shoppes at EastChase…

CDC: Events with 50 People or More Should Be Canceled for Eight Weeks

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a recommendation that is designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here is the statement from the CDC: Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: New e-cig ban + Differing resting heart rates + CDC sends out Coronavirus tests

A partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect today. It outlaws the sale of fruit, dessert and mint-flavored pods popular with teenagers. It’s part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reduce youth vaping….which health officials say has reached epidemic levels. Plus, a new study in the journal “Plahs One” found that normal resting heart rates vary widely from person to…

2020 Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg Visits Capital City

2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg made a campaign stop Monday, joining Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and healthcare professionals to discuss maternal mortality rates. A 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control says 41 women in the Alabama died from pregnancy or child birth complications in 2017. Medical experts in Alabama and lawmakers in other states say they want changes…

Opiods, Meth, Other Drugs Ravage Northern Alabama County

JASPER, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say opiods, meth and other drugs are ravaging Walker County in northern Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 254 people died from drug overdoses in Walker County between 2008 and 2017. Al.com reports that this equates to about 38 deaths per 100,000 residents each year – the highest rate…

ADPH Doctor Explains Conflicting Measles Test Results

Just days after state officials alerted Alabama residents of a suspected case of the measles, the Alabama Department of Public Health says the test came back negative after the CDC performed its own testing. So why was it announced that a St. Clair County infant did in fact have a confirmed case of the measles? We spoke with Dr. Karen…

Alabama Surrounded by Cases in E-Coli Outbreak

No cases in Alabama

All of the states that surround Alabama have had e-coli cases reported from an outbreak apparently caused by infected chopped beef. The CDC is tracking the reported cases:   From the CDC:   A total of 177 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from 10 states. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. No cases…