pandemic

February Unemployment Rate Lowest of Pandemic for Alabama

The state says Alabama’s unemployment rate for January declined to 4.3%, the lowest level since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago. The rate is still well above the pre-pandemic level of 2.7% of January 2020. But it was was better than the revised December unemployment rate of 4.7%. It was also below the U.S. unemployment rate of…

COVID In Alabama: One Year Later

March 13, 2020 was a day that changed everything as Alabama’s first coronavirus case was confirmed in Montgomery County.  Things like social distancing and face masks quickly became a big part of everyday life. “We had a pandemic plan, just no one thought they’d ever have to use it,” shared Montgomery City/County EMA Director Christina Thornton. The Emergency Operation Center…

Two Million More Alabamians Will Soon Be Eligible to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Alabama is officially entering phase 1-c of vaccinations which includes people who are 55 or older. The Alabama department of public health says Alabama will get more Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by March 22nd. Another 5,800 doses of Johnson & Johnson are coming to Alabama in the next two weeks, and the state will be adding 131 new sites to…

COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Damper on Spring Break Activities

Goodbye, sunshine. Hello, study sessions. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. Many students looking to blow off steam or escape the cold are still going to hit big party spots. But many say they will be reluctantly skipping trips this year….

Caravan Set to Commemorate 56th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

From the West Alabama Newsroom– COVID-19 has turned the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee into a virtual event this year. But — one man is organizing a motorcade — to mark the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Burgess Bailey is planning a motorcade — as a way to commemorate Bloody Sunday during the pandemic. “Instead of them marching across the bridge…

Biden Says He’s ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings

In this Jan. 26, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden holds his face mask as he speaks on COVID-19. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is dispatching the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic that has claimed more than 425,000 U.S. lives. Beginning Wednesday, the experts will host…

Medical Breakthroughs: Fried Food Risks+Colon Cancer Risks+Pandemic Effects on Children

Eating fried foods is associated with an increased risk of major heart disease and stroke. that’s according to new research in the journal Heart. Scientists also found the risk increased with each additional weekly serving. Researchers in Britain say a simple, inexpensive test can help identify those at risk of developing colorectal cancer. The study found patients whose tests came…

Hiring Likely Weakened in December Amid Resurgent Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) – America’s employers likely cut back again on hiring last month – and might even have shed jobs – with the economy under pressure from a resurgent virus that has led many consumers to reduce spending and states and cities to reimpose business restrictions. Economists have forecast that employers added just 105,000 jobs in December. That would mark…

Congresswoman Sewell Hosts Holiday Food Giveaway in Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– People in Wilcox County struggling through the pandemic — got a helping hand from Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Sewell held a drive thru food giveaway at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in the Alberta community Wednesday morning. More than 500 boxes of food were given out to help people feed their families. Sewell says its important…

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Helps More Than 100 Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Tuesday, highlighting a year of success and hardship in the midst of the pandemic. Small business owners nationwide are ready for the new year… And a one very different from 2020. Flora Brown, owner of Fairview Farmer’s Market, has been in the farming industry her entire life. She said as…