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Local Residents Affected by Bed Shortages in Hospitals

One local man, John Thornell, is speaking out saying he’s calling on state officials to work harder on finding a solution for the bed shortage problem. Dr. Scott Harris, state health officer, says the number of bed shortages are improving, but since the omicron variant hospitals have suffered. “Back in 2020, we had about 1500 inpatients across the state,” said…

Ivey urges patience with Alabama’s vaccine rollout

Gov. Kay Ivey received the second and final dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery (Source: Governor Ivey’s Office/Twitter) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging people to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ivey addressed reporters Tuesday after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The governor said the state…

Alabama Adds Nearly 3,000 Virus Cases in Single Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – On Friday Alabama added almost 3,000 COVID-19 cases, the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began. State Health Officer Scott Harris says the number accurately reflects that Alabama is seeing increased community transmission of COVID-19. Officials believe many of those cases arose from Halloween parties, sporting events, and other group gatherings. Health…

Protesters Hold Rally in Montgomery, Demand the Reopening of All Alabama Businesses

While some states are starting to reopen economies,  this week Governor Kay Ivey and state health officials chose not to reopen the state due to continuing Coronavirus concerns. Some people are disagreeing with that decision. “We’re one of the states that need to make phase 1 happen. We need to get small businesses back,” Alabama business owner Jennifer Leary said…