covid19

What’s Next for Students Planning Summer Internships?

Many students who planned on summer internships and the chance to build professional relationships saw those hopes dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are new opportunities in virtual internships, and experts say the skill sets gained in these unusual times may come in handy for future jobs. Data from Glassdoor Economic Research shows one in two internship openings closed…

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Donates $500,000 to ADPH, Gets High Praise from Gov. Ivey

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) have announced a $500,000 donation to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) to assist with testing and equipment in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the donation, Governor Ivey stated: “I commend the Poarch Creek Indians for their generosity during this time. These funds will save lives and greatly…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Some surgeries cancelled amid COVID-9 + Hepatitis-C infections + Depression & Pregnancy

New research estimates more than 28-million elective surgeries worldwide will be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The study in the British Journal of Surgery estimates more than 6-million orthopedic surgeries and more than 2-million cancer surgeries will be affected worldwide. New CDC research finds a high prevalence of Hepatitis-C infections among emergency room patients who don’t know they have…

Pike Road Schools Announces Its Graduation Plans

Pike Road Schools has announced its plans for graduation. Pike Road High School will hold its first graduation on Saturday, June 6, at 9:00 am in the PRHS Stadium. Each graduate will receive 4 tickets for family/spectators. Social distancing will be observed among family groups and everyone will be asked to wear masks, as recommended by the Governor’s Office and…

Customers Slowly Returning as Gov. Ivey Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

More Alabama businesses were allowed to re-open Monday now that Alabama’s Safer-At-Home order has been amended. Friday, May 8, Governor Kay Ivey announced the new list of guidelines businesses will have to follow to keep customers and employees safe. Those rules include crowd limitations, increased cleaning measures, and the use of face masks. Dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms can…

Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Available in Tallassee and Autaugaville on May 14

Drive-up COVID-19 testing clinics will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Tallassee Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, May 12, and at Greater St. Joseph AME Church, 224 S. Pickett St., Autaugaville, on Thursday, May 14. These testing sites are NOT located at the county health department. ·The Tallassee VFD at 144 Twin Creek Drive, Tallassee. ·The…

Troy University Students Can Apply for Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Troy University students affected by the disruption of campus operations this spring can apply for emergency financial aid grants thanks to funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To be eligible for a grant, a student must have been taking in-class courses at a Troy University location as of March 16. Additionally, a student must…

Governor Ivey Amends Safer-At-Home Order, Barbershops & Salons Can Reopen Monday

1/2Updates to COVID-19 Safer Orders Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Amended Safer-At-Home Order Show Caption Hide Caption Governor Kay Ivey has amended the Safer-At-Home Order. The new order removes the 10 person limit on non-work gatherings. Close contact services (barbershops, salons, etc.), restaurants (with limited table seating), & gyms will all be reopened with strict guidelines. And there is no limit…

Alabama Sheriff Not Enforcing COVID-19 Protection Orders

A rural Alabama sheriff says his department won’t enforce state guidelines limiting public activities during the coronavirus pandemic. Reports say that Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon says he has instructed deputies not to stop businesses or churches that violate state restrictions. Moon says he isn’t defying Gov. Kay Ivey. He says he just can’t punish someone who is trying to…

Baptist Health Updates Policies in Response to Safer-at-Home Order

As we continue to navigate through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recommendations continue to evolve, Baptist Health remains focused on protecting patients, medical providers, team members, and the local community. Based on Governor Kay Ivey’s recent Safer at Home order and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Alabama Department of Public…