covid-19

Virus Recovery Funds to Promote Tourism on Alabama Coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Beach season is heating up, and Alabama’s coast is getting federal money to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration says it’s providing the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau with $800,000 to fund a marketing program. Officials hope to boost business and reclaim tourists who couldn’t visit during…

New COVID-19 Alabama School Dashboard Released

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released a new school dashboard of coronavirus cases as of April 9. The latest report shows a slight increase from last week, although several systems did not report due to spring break. ADPH says because of spring break, there may be breaks or irregularities in reporting. Overall, there were 257 COVID-19 cases involving…

Pike Road Schools Will Continue to Wear Masks After Governor Ivey’s Mask Order Expires

Governor Kay Ivey’s mandatory mask order is set to expire Friday, April 9 but some places will not end their COVID-19 protocols. Pike Road Schools announced Thursday students and employee will continue wearing masks through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Schools say the guidelines will remain in place to protect students and staff health needs. The school system…

Baptist Health Hosts Vaccination Clinics in Montgomery & Prattville

Baptist Health officials say they are expanding the COVID-19 vaccination efforts with the opening of two clinics in the River Region. Anyone wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to set up an appointment. The Montgomery Clinic is located at 3989 Eastern Boulevard. The hours are from 8:00AM-3:00PM Monday through Friday. The Prattville Clinic, which is part of…

Gov. Ivey Rescinds Mask Mandate, Issues new “Safer Apart” Order

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her twenty-sixth supplemental emergency proclamation transitioning the state from an amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order, the third phase of COVID-19 pandemic health orders. Ivey cites the increase in vaccinations, and the down trending number of new cases in the state. Masks will no longer be mandated statewide, but…

Updated Dashboard Shows 236 COVID-19 Cases in Alabama Public Schools

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released an updated school dashboard of coronavirus cases as of April 2. The latest report shows several systems did not report due to spring break. School systems such as Montgomery Public Schools have been all-virtual, but are giving the students the option of returning to in-person classes starting Monday, April 5. ADPH says…

Churches Welcome Congregations Back in Person for Easter Sunday Services

It has been two years since the last time churches gathered in celebration for Easter Sunday. This year many churches are opening their doors and welcoming their friends and family to worship together once again. Some churches will be having sunrise services, other churches have added additional services throughout the morning to ensure that everyone who wants to celebrate can…

Gov. Ivey Announces All People Age 16 and Up Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced that starting Monday, April 5, all Alabamians ages 16+ will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. She made the announcement while attending the Alabama National Guard’s free vaccination clinic in her hometown of Camden. Ivey says the state is on the path forward in recovering from the pandemic. She says she believes the vaccine…

Alabama to Begin Vaccinating Prison Inmates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system says it will begin vaccinating inmates for COVID-19 after previously only making vaccines available to prison officers and staff. The Alabama Department of Corrections announced that on April 12 it will begin vaccinating inmates who want to receive the vaccine. The prison system on Thursday estimated that it will initially have 6,000…

Bell Toll Ceremony to Mark Montgomery’s COVID-19 Deaths

St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold a bell toll ceremony Thursday to remember the lives lost in Montgomery to COVID-19. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean and Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone are scheduled to attend the ceremony on April 1 at 4 p.m. The bells of St. John’s will toll 500 times to collectively mourn…