covid-19

Montgomery to Pay Tribute to Those Who Died of COVID-19

The city of Montgomery has announced that downtown landmarks will be lit in amber hues tomorrow night as part of a nationwide initiative to mourn the more than 394,000 American lives lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That number includes 283 Montgomery residents. Montgomery City Hall, the Court Street fountain and Riverwalk tunnel will display amber lights in…

First Alabama School Dashboard of 2021 Shows State COVID-19 Cases Down, Local Cases Up

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released its first school dashboard of coronavirus cases of 2021. The dashboard shows totals as of January 15. Overall, there are 3,071 COVID-19 cases involving Alabama’s public schools for this week. That is down from 3,352 for December 18, which was the final report of 2020. The dashboard doesn’t specify whether the cases…

What the Tech? COVID-19 Gadgets Unveiled at 2021 CES

There is a belief that the coronavirus entered the U.S at last year’s CES. With over 175,000 people from all over the world, walking in crowded spaces, demonstrating the same gadgets, and eating in the same places, it’s quite possible that CES 2020 was a virus super-spreader event. At the 2021 virtual CES, companies are introducing tech to stop the…

Alabama’s Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Moving Slower Than Expected

Alabama is still in phase 1-A of vaccinations , which includes healthcare workers and long term care facility residents. Earlier this week the state began allowing people 75 years old and up, and certain first responders such as EMT’s to receive vaccinations. So far Alabama has received around 300,000 doses of the vaccine, and not everyone who is eligible is…

President-elect Joe Biden to Unveil $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Plan

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up the vaccine rollout and providing financial help to people, states and local governments and business struggling with the prolonged economic fallout. The plan includes $1,400 checks for individuals, on top of $600 provided in the last COVID-19 bill….

Alexander City Schools to Switch to Remote Learning on January 19

Alexander City Schools Supt. Dr. Keith Lankford has announced that the school system will switch to remote learning effective Tuesday, January 19. Students are scheduled to be able to return to in-person classes on Monday, February 1. Lankford says the reason for the decision was an increase in COVID-19 cases within the school system. He says cases have risen in…

Carver High School in Montgomery to go Virtual for Two Weeks

Students and staff at Carver High School in Montgomery are being forced to go virtual for two weeks. Montgomery Public Schools officials announced the decision Tuesday after an employee with the system tested positive for COVID-19 and was in close contact with several personnel and students at the high school. The mandatory 14-day period will start Wednesday, January 14. MPS…

Thousands Party in Streets after Alabama Win Despite Virus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Thousands of excited football fans ignored pandemic precautions and partied in streets around the University of Alabama after the Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State for the national championship. City officials had urged people to watch the game at home and celebrate privately to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. But students and others…

Another Alabama Mayor has Been Hospitalized with Cornavirus

NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) – The mayor of an Alabama city says he was hospitalized over the weekend after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon said in a Facebook post Monday that he was admitted to the hospital Sunday night, hours after learning he was infected with the coronavirus. The 67-year-old mayor said he’s breathing OK, but is being…

Andalusia Health Not Allowing Hospital Visitors

Andalusia Health has announced that it will no longer permit visitors to its hospital, effective today at 5PM. It says it wants to help ensure the safety of its patients, providers, employees and community. The policy is in effect until further notice. It says some exceptions to the policy may apply, such as for pediatric patients, obstetric patients, outpatient surgery…