covid19

CDC: Many Americans Can Now Go Outside Without a Mask

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday. Previously the CDC had been advising that people should wear…

President Biden Signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation

In the March 10, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden has now signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he says will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the…

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the vote to approve a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Joe Biden the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The House approved the bill Wednesday over solid Republican opposition in a…

Alabama Guard to conduct vaccinations in 24 rural counties

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The state says Alabama National Guard troops will begin work later this month administering doses in at least 24 rural counties. The Guard has two 55-member mobile vaccination teams that can provide 8,000 doses a week in all. A statement from the governor’s office says members will work with public health and local officials to determine…

American Family Care Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Phase 1c Recipients

Select American Family Care locations are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Phase 1c. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies 1c recipients as people over the age of 65, ages 16-64 with high risk medical conditions, or essential workers, such as transportation, food service, finance, and many more. Officials with the healthcare facility say that anyone interested in receiving…

MPS Releases School Reopening Plans

Students in Montgomery Public Schools will soon have the option to head back to the classroom. MPS officials announced Tuesday that starting March 29, all school employees will return to their school buildings. Students will remain virtual during the week of March 29. Face-to-face learning will resume on April 5. Officials say that all students will be provided with a…

AUM To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to Those Who Qualify

Auburn University at Montgomery says it will offer an allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this week. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to any community members who meets ADPH’s Phase 1A and 1B guidelines. The clinic will be held on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 from 8:00AM to 11:00AM and 1:30PM to 4:00PM at the AUM…

More than 8,000 Vaccines Given at Montgomery Clinic This Week

Montgomery COVID-19 Drive-Up Vaccination Clinic/Source: Alabama News Network Baptist Health officials say more than 8,000 people received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Montgomery Drive-Up Vaccine Clinic this week. Along with the original 5,000 doses provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Baptist Health was able to provide an additional 3,000 doses from its current community…

Vaccination of Black People Lagging Behind Whites in Alabama

New statistics indicate a disproportionately small number of Black people are getting vaccinations against the new coronavirus in Alabama, a trend the state’s top health official says shows the need to increase immunization efforts in the minority community. Demographic data compiled by the state has big gaps. But Dr. Scott Harris says the numbers that are available show about 55%…

2021 Hangout Music Festival Postponed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

2019 Hangout Music Festival/Source: Hangout Music Festival A popular music festival in Gulf Shores has been postponed. Organizers say that the Hangout Music Festival that was originally set for May 21-23, 2021, was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. The Festival made the announcement on social media Wednesday afternoon. Organizers say they are exploring options for a 2021 Hangout event…