coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic Deaths and Economic Fallout are Top Alabama Story

A biological threat that once seemed far removed from Alabama dominated both state news and everyday life like nothing else in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic was the state’s top news story of the year, and its effects will linger into the New Year and beyond. A springtime of school closings and business shutdowns was followed by months of mask-wearing and…

Not Just COVID: Nursing Home Neglect Deaths Surge in Shadows

As more than 97,000 of America’s long-term care residents have died in the coronavirus pandemic, advocates for the elderly say a tandem wave of death separate from the virus has quietly claimed tens of thousands more, often because overburdened workers haven’t been able to give them the care they need. Care home watchdogs say they are being flooded with reports…

Survey: Alabama Child Care Enrollment Down by 23,000 Kids

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)A new state report shows enrollment in child care centers across Alabama has dropped by more than 23,000 children since the coronavirus pandemic began. Human Resources says an October study showed that 85% of the 2,381 facilities it surveyed have reopened since the initial lockdown that forced businesses to close. But centers that have reopened are operating at…

Rise in Coronavirus Cases Brings New Concerns in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama and much of the Deep South are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, concerning public health officials and people like state Rep. Merika Coleman who have lost loved ones. Over the past two weeks, Alabama had the second-highest number of new cases per capita in the nation. South Carolina was fourth. Louisiana and Mississippi were…

Hundreds of Job Seekers Attend Drive Thru Job Fair

On Thursday Express Employment Professionals teamed up with Eastdale Mall to host a drive-thru job fair. Hundreds of job seekers were in and out in just a few minutes. More than 80 companies were looking to hire employees. “Right now there’s just a big need of people, and companies are looking for folks to work,” said Willam Cobb, owner of…

Chamber Foundation To Offer Relief for Small Businesses Affected by Pandemic

River Region leaders are stepping in to support our small businesses affected by the coronavirus. “We’re all in this together. And we realize that small businesses are the backbone of the communities,” Chamber Foundation Chairman Willie Durham said. The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce ‘s Chamber Foundation– along with city and county officials– have created the Recover Together Small Business…

Pike Road Schools Announces Its Graduation Plans

Pike Road Schools has announced its plans for graduation. Pike Road High School will hold its first graduation on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 am in the PRHS Stadium. Each graduate will receive 4 tickets for family/spectators. Social distancing will be observed among family groups and everyone will be asked to wear masks, as recommended by the Governor’s Office and…

Alabama High School Teacher Uses Stimulus Check to Pay Utility Bills for 3 of His Students’ Families

Donated $1,200 from their stimulus payment to help pay students’ utility bills.Courtesy: Kent Chambers via CNN Teacher Kent Chambers says he’s fortunate to still be able to work during the coronavirus pandemic, so when he and his wife received their stimulus payment, they decided to help people who haven’t been as lucky. Chambers has taught math at Bob Jones High…

Tornado or Virus? Pandemic Means Tough Sheltering Decisions

Each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, and especially with severe weather potentially hitting our area this Sunday those are faced with a question: Is it better to take on severe weather outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the coronavirus inside one? Tornado-prone states including Alabama are recommending that people…

Phenix City Stay Home Violation Arrest

Phenix City Authorities said two city workers were arrested after they were caught playing a pickup basketball game at a city-owned facility. Tjai Deion Bryant and Quadarius Devonte Woods were arrested Thursday and both charged with a Class C misdemeanor after violating the state’s stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Phenix City police said Woods and Bryant were both employees…