covid-19

AUM Releases Plan for Returning to School for Fall 2020 Semester

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people wondering what will be the plan for returning to school. What will colleges do has been a major question. Auburn University at Montgomery has released their plan for the upcoming Fall semester. AUM will require students and employees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while in classrooms and other public areas on…

Governor Ivey Awards $48 Million to Alabama Department of Education for Reopening Schools

Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $48 million of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF) to the Alabama State Department of Education in response to challenges related to COVID-19. This allocation will enable schools to enact policies established in the Alabama State Department of Education’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools. As schools across Alabama are navigating increased challenges related to…

Church of the Highlands to Pause In-Person services and Resume Online Services Only

Courtesy: Church of the Highland’s Facebook Page The Church of the Highlands has announced that in-person services have been postponed after reopening to the public late last month. The announcement comes amid the rise of COVID-19 cases throughout the communities. According to the church’s FaceBook page, after the senior pastor, Pastor Chris met with the elders for prayer and discussion…

Governors Stress ‘Personal Responsibility’ Over Virus Orders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Governors across the U.S.  have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings. The ethos has been part of Republican orthodoxy for decades, often used to justify smaller government and promote individualism. But the practical effect of personal appeals over…

Health Officials Fear Virus Surge After July 4 Celebrations

Alabama hit a new high for the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 this week and a new low for the number of available intensive care unit beds. Dr. Don Williamson, a former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association, said that as of Thursday, the state had 840 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and that 84% of…

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…

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…

Elmore Prison Inmate Dies from COVID-19

Daniel Everett, 74, who was serving a life sentence for production of obscene matter involving children under the age of 17 out of Madison County at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton) in Elmore, passed away on June 30. Inmate Everett, who was housed in Staton’s infirmary due to multiple advanced and chronic medical conditions, was tested for COVID-19 on June 11…

Space Camp Resuming in Huntsville After Virus Shutdown

 (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Space Camp is resuming at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville after shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say a scaled-back version of the popular program will resume Sunday as students arrive for a week of hands-on lessons and activities related to space travel. Fewer campers than normal will…

Ivey Weighs Extending Safer-At-Home Order for Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s “safer- at- home” order is set to expire Friday, July 3 but in the meantime, Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet decided whether to renew it. The order limits social gatherings, requires employees of restaurants and other businesses to wear masks, and encourages masking for anyone who goes out in public. Its existence is uncertain…