coronavirus

Alabama reports highest number of daily virus cases at 1,700

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed Coronavirus cases – the highest number yet for a single day – as doctors and health officials expressed concern about further spread during the holiday weekend. The state on Thursday surpassed the previous high water mark for the most infections reported in a 24-hour period, while the number of…

Elmore County Listed as “Very High Risk” for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Public Health is now listing counties by risk level to COVID-19.  Elmore County is one recently listed as “very high risk,”  based on the number of new cases each day and which way that number is trending. Elmore Community Hospital has felt the impact of the increasing Coronavirus numbers in the county.   It is a rural…

Tuscaloosa Leaders Say College Students Are Holding COVID-19 Parties

City leaders in Tuscaloosa say several college students have organized COVID-19 parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first. Tuscaloosa City Council member Sonya McKinstry says students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus. McKinstry says party organizers purposely invited guests who tested positive for COVID-19. She says the students put…

Alabama State Athletics release ‘Return to Play’ Plan

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | The Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with the release of the University’s Return to Campus Plan, released their Return to Play plan for its student-athletes. Student-athletes will begin reporting to campus July 12 with football beginning in phases. The program will have 50 student-athletes return on that date, followed by 35 more on July…

Funds Will Soon Provide COVID-19 Tests for Alabama College Students

Test tube with blood sample for COVID-19 test. Positive test. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – As many as 265,000 students entering Alabama colleges this fall will be tested for the coronavirus. The testing announced Monday is meant to help prevent the disease from spreading on two- and four-year campuses. It’s being funded with $30 million in federal pandemic relief funding, Under…

Rollin to the Polls Voting Initiative Holds a Community Response

The Rollin to the Polls Voting Initiative held a COVID-19 Community Response at Carver High School Saturday, June 23. Gloves, face masks, sanitizers, and free diapers were given out. There was also a support line to help with voter registration, vote by mail, and 2020 census information. Over 3,000 PPE equipment items were given out as well. The group wanted…

Montgomery Public Schools Planning for 2020-2021 School Year

After the release of the Alabama State Department of Education’s (ALSDE) Roadmap to Reopening Alabama schools, Montgomery Public Schools MPS will now finalize the system’s reopening plans. “Since the start of the pandemic, we started thinking about our process of returning to school for the upcoming school year. MPS’s leadership team is working around the clock to address the specific…

AHSAA Studying State Plan to Reopen Schools

In a statement, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) says it’s reviewing the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Roadmap to Reopening Schools, which was released Friday by State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey. The ALSDE, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), developed its plan as a guidance document for the upcoming school year which is…

Rotary Clubs Donate Masks to Montgomery Health Care Center

Some local Rotary Clubs are serving the community in the fight against coronavirus. Rotary District 6880, which is made up of clubs in the southern half of Alabama, donated 1,000 masks to Capitol Hill Healthcare in downtown Montgomery. The masks will help residents and caregivers. “They will be hopefully be very, very beneficial to the people that are here —…