coronavirus

Opp High School 9th and 10th Graders Returning to Campus on Mondays Starting October 19

Opp City Schools/Source: Opp City Schools Beginning October 19, Opp High School 9th and 10th graders will be back on campus on Mondays. All 9th and 10th grade traditional students will attend school three days a week instead of two. All schedules will remain the same for juniors and seniors. This new schedule (see below) will allow students to practice…

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx Visits Alabama, Meets with Gov. Ivey

The world renowned Dr. rejected claims that she is "in distress" and says Governor Ivey's mask mandate should be extended.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was in Alabama Thursday. She visited Governor Kay Ivey in the morning then hosted a round table discussion with community and state health officials at Auburn University. There have been claims that Dr. Birx is in distress with the direction of the White House Task Force. She rejected those claims in an…

What the Tech? Report Claims Amazon and Its Sellers Price Gouged When Pandemic Started

If you purchased hand sanitizer, toilet paper, web cameras, flour or other essentials during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, you may have been the victim of price gouging. A new report from the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, Amazon and its many 3rd party sellers dramatically raised prices in March and April for necessary health items that were…

Big 10 Decides to Play Fall Sports After All

The Big Ten Conference is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24 with an eight-game schedule for each team….

Montgomery Restaurant Expands on how the Pandemic is Affecting Business

The Cork and Cleaver restaurant continues to recover from lost income and customer support after being closed down for two months due to the pandemic. After Governor Ivey issued her first stay at home order, the restaurant provided takeout service for a short time, but said it was not financially substantial. The restaurant fully closed down in March and did…

State Health Officer Weighs in on Alabama National Fair

The Alabama National Fair is back next month, but things will look pretty different. Alabama News Network talked with Randy Stephenson, the director of the fair, who said they’re limiting the capacity to 30%, that’s about 7,000 patrons. And when it comes to rides, there will be about half the amount you would normally see… 32 this year– all to…

Tuscaloosa Mayor’s New Executive Order to Reopen Bars and Restaurants

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBMA) — A new executive order will go into effect at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 permitting Tuscaloosa bars and restaurants to begin reopening with limited capacity. Mayor Walt Maddox issued an executive order to shut such establishments down after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city. Mayor Maddox along with the City of Tuscaloosa said the…

Child Care Crisis Pushes U.S. Mothers out of the Labor Force

NEW YORK (AP) – Research is increasingly pointing to a retreat of working mothers from the U.S. labor force, as the pandemic leaves parents with few child care options and the added burden of navigating distance learning. The trend threatens the financial stability of families in the near-term. In the long-term, the crisis could stall, if not reverse, decades of…

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…

Auburn is without 16 players due to Covid19 concerns

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn expects to return to practice Monday minus 16 players sidelined after positive COVID-19 tests. Coach Gus Malzahn said Sunday night that the Tigers had five positives early in the week and four more after additional testing Thursday. With contact tracing, seven others who had close contact with them face a mandatory 14-day quarantine. “We had…