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State Health Officer Talks Surging COVID Cases and Upcoming Vaccines

Coronavirus cases continue to surge in Alabama. The last three days have all seen record high case numbers and hospitalizations. Senator Doug Jones and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris addressed the situation today. Dr. Harris and Senator Jones talked for more than an hour Friday morning about everything from those record high numbers to vaccine developments. Dr. Harris said…

Mayor Reed Encourages Residents to Follow CDC Guidelines During Holidays

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed met with Alabama State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, on Tuesday to remind city residents to stay cautious during the holiday season. As Montgomery COVID-19 cases have risen this month, Mayor Reed says he doesn’t want people to forget about CDC guidelines around the holidays. State health officer, Dr. Harris, recommends getting tested before traveling. If…

Health Officials Give Recommendations for Safe Halloween

With Halloween just a few days away and the pandemic still among us, most parents are wondering “is it safe for my child to trick-or-treat?” Though several annual events like, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and haunted houses have been cancelled, health officials say there are still ways to enjoy your Halloween. “Wearing a face mask, goof hygiene, good sanitation,” says Dr….

State Health Officer on President Trump’s Diagnosis

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said he doesn’t know specifics about President Donald Trump’s COVID case, but he said this goes to show the pandemic is not over and it does not discriminate, “It affects everyone: young and old, black and white and whatever party you’re in. We still have a lot of disease transmission in our country.” Early…

Alabama’s Face Mask Mandate Extended; Visitors Now Allowed in Health Care Facilities

Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris held a news conference this morning to update the state on Alabama’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news conference was carried live on Alabama News Network. Ivey is extending the state’s mask mandate until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. It had been due to expire on Friday. Most…

UPDATE: State Superintendent to Release Plan to Reopen Schools Friday

Dr. Eric Mackey/Source: Alabama State Board of Education State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is scheduled to release his plan for reopening schools this Friday. Schools have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. The Alabama Department of Education has scheduled a press conference for Friday, June 26 at 10AM to give details about the Roadmap to Reopening Schools. State Health…

State Health Officer Recommends Avoiding Events with 500+ People

At a news conference this afternoon, Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says he is recommending that people avoid public gatherings of 500 or more people as a way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Harris said that as of now, the state of Alabama still has no confirmed cases of coronavirus. WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE Harris says…