pandemic

Selma Residents Share Their COVID Memories

From the West Alabama Newsroom– This Sunday will mark two years — since Alabama recorded its first case of COVID-19. Since then — the virus has impacted nearly everything we do. Melinda Fancher of Selma says she’s never seen anything — like the COVID pandemic. And she’s not alone. “I mean, you go to bed one night and things are…

Update: COVID Hospitalizations in Alabama, Blood Shortage

According the Dr. Don Williamson, CEO of the Alabama Hospital Association, as of Wednesday there were only about 5 1/2% of ICU beds available statewide. As the Omicron variant continues to spread, hospitals are now seeing a staff shortage along with ICU beds. “In parts of the state, we actually had more patients needing ICU care than we had available…

Montgomery Zoo on How They’ve Survived Financially in the Pandemic

“Our zoo is mostly funded by people who come here everyday,” says Steven Pierce, program services manager at the Montgomery Zoo. With a business that is primarily based outdoors, Pierce says they’ve been able to keep the zoo up and running by people coming to enjoy their outside time. “During the pandemic all of us kind of felt that desire…

Annual Golf Classic Benefits Special Needs Children in Dallas Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dozens of golfers hit the links Wednesday at the Valley Grande Golf Course — to help children in the community with special needs. The 11th annual Evans Special Benefit Fund Golf Classic — raises money and awareness for agencies that serve special needs children. Cahaba Mental Health — Easter Seals — Selma City Schools —…

Alabama Test Scores Drop after Pandemic Interrupts Classes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Preliminary test scores for Alabama students show an expected drop in student achievement after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted classes. State education officials on Thursday briefed school board members on the preliminary results from the latest standardized tests. Superintendent Eric Mackey said the drop was expected after the pandemic interrupted classes. The average ACT score for 11th…