Health

  Millbrook churches hold joint outdoor service

Doctors warn holiday celebrations should be different during pandemic

Sumiton man has message after 69 days in hospital battling COVID-19

  IHME projects grim future for Alabama

MPS says 7 teachers, 6 students report COVID-19 cases

UA System: COVID-19 numbers increase at UAB, decrease at UA

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  Montgomery now ‘very high risk’ on Alabama’s risk indicator dashboard

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

Alabama A&M to change to virtual learning after Thanksgiving

Doctors caution about study dissecting relationship between blood type and COVID-19

  ‘Light up Friday Nights’ to honor healthcare workers

COVID-19 nasal spray vaccine candidate showing more promising signs

  State getting more flu vaccines this year, anticipating eventual COVID-19 vaccine

The unusually large scale flu vaccination effort is meant to serve as a dry run for how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed and made available.

Elmore Co. Public Schools confirms 9 students, 3 employees with COVID-19

As of Wednesday, nine students and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are scattered among eight schools.

  Dr. Harris: Alabama’s moving in the right direction but not out of the woods

Alabama has hit a plateau when it comes to COVID-19, state health officials say.

  ‘Beef Up the Blood Supply Week' underway in Alabama

If you’d like to give some blood and enjoy some great Alabama Beef, there are several blood drives going on all over the state through Friday.

Joy to Life Foundation to take breast cancer screenings statewide

  Report: Alabama still in ‘red zone’ for COVID-19 cases

  COVID-19 survivor shares experience with the virus

  State Health Officer: ‘It’s been quite a seven months’ since the pandemic started

  168 MPS teachers didn’t report for first day of in-person classes

Study: SARS-CoV-2 survives on some surfaces for nearly a month in cool, controlled setting

  Increase in ‘very high risk’ areas for COVID-19 on ADPH map

According to the latest risk map from the state, there are more “very high risk” counties for COVID-19.

Dr. Michael Saag: ‘We’ve got to take it a day at a time’

UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag posted a message for students and staff Monday about COVID-19.

  National School Lunch Week celebrates meals served to students

“If a child is hungry, they cannot learn. And I think that that’s probably the biggest message that we need to provide to parents and to the community in general,” Alabama Child Nutrition Program Coordinator June Barrett explain.

Cat infected with SARS-CoV-2 found dead in Opelika

Alabama agencies are investigating the death of cat that was positive with SARS-CoV-2.

  Volunteers needed for UAB COVID-19 treatment trials

Whether you’re seriously ill and need to be hospitalized, or just barely feeling symptoms, doctors need volunteers at every stage of the virus.

  Handwashing study says SARS-CoV-2 can stay on skin up to 9 hours

The study found the germ that causes the coronavirus - SARS-Cov-2 - can stay on a person’s skin by as much as nine hours.

Federal Judge refuses to grant restraining order against Alabama health orders, mask mandate

A Federal Judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order against Alabama’s mask mandate and other health orders.

UAB: Increased evidence of heart swelling in young athletes with COVID-19

A study in Germany indicated that as many as 60 percent of COVID patients had heart inflammation noted on cardiac MRI two months post-infection.

  1.8 million masks to be shipped to Alabama schools next week

School systems filled out a survey requesting the number of pediatric and adult cloth masks they wanted.

$80M in BCBS premium discounts coming to customers

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama said the decision was made as a way of providing economic relief during difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Could you be experiencing ‘quarantine fatigue'?

If you’re having a hard time finding a healthy work-life balance during this pandemic, you’re not alone.

  Alabama health leaders continue push for everyone to get a flu shot

Alabama and Jefferson County health leaders are still pushing people to get a flu shot, even though early results from other countries show it was a mild flu season.

  ADPH: Alabama COVID numbers improving, but ‘still not where we’d like to be’

Only three counties are listed as red with a very high risk of spread, but health officials are not happy with the latest numbers.

  Montgomery woman beats COVID-19, celebrates 90th birthday

A woman in Montgomery beat the coronavirus just in time to celebrate her 90th birthday.

‘It’s like we lost both parents when we lost our mom’: Shoals family remembers mother who died of COVID-19

‘It’s like we lost both parents when we lost our mom’: Shoals family remembers mother who died of COVID-19

New public health and wellness campaign kicks off with free event

A new public health and fitness campaign is kicking off with a free event targeting wellness outcomes for Montgomery residents.

  Doctors’ reminder: hand washing still important to slow spread of coronavirus

“Wash your hands frequently," said UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag, who is afraid we’ve fallen out of that practice.

  UA cancels Spring Break, extends Winter Break

Classes will start Wednesday, Jan. 13, a week later than previously scheduled, extending Winter Break to provide 12 days between New Year’s Day and initial classroom meetings.

  COVID-19 map data suggests mask mandate is working

Part of the support for extending the mask order is due to the fact that the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases seems to be dropping because of the mask mandate.

  Alabama mask mandate extended; visitors to be allowed in hospitals, nursing homes

Alabama’s “Safer at Home” health order has been extended until Nov. 8, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday morning.

  Crenshaw Community Hospital looks to voters for financial boost

Crenshaw Community Hospital leaders hope a new campaign will lead to a “yes” vote by the people of Crenshaw County on Nov. 3.

  Tuscaloosa Mayor promises stiff penalties to bars that violate occupancy ordinances

"The first time you get cited, the second time we shut you down, and you could come before the city council and you could lose your business license."

Ivey reacts to Alabama getting 1M rapid COVID-19 tests

The first shipment of about 96,000 BinaxNow, rapid COVID-19 tests should arrive soon with more shipments in phases over the coming months, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Tuesday.

3 positive, 15 exposed to COVID-19 on Elmore County High football team

The football match-up between Elmore County High School and Sylacauga High School has been canceled due to several positive cases of COVID-19.

ABC Board meeting could end 11 p.m. alcohol curfew

An emergency meeting of the Alabama Beverage Control Board, or ABC Board, is set to get underway Tuesday afternoon.

  Save our Stages Act would keep music venues from closing amid pandemic

The National Independent Venues Association, or NIVA, represents about 2,000 concert hall owners across the country. Most independent venues did not qualify for earlier coronavirus relief from the federal government are risk going under as a result.

  Alabama works to slow number of COVID-19 cases

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says the largest number of COVID-19 patients continues to come from the largest cities, but the numbers have declined by 50 percent since August.

How to tell if you have COVID-19 or the Flu

Flu season is here, and now with COVID-19 you may find yourself wondering if your fever is from the flu or COVID-19.

  Community members come together to help family and daughter with heart defect

Seventy-one days is how long Trent Slaton and Alexis Beard have been in the hospital with their daughter Oaklee.

Hospitals, doctors urge governor to extend Alabama mask rule

The Alabama Hospital Association and state doctors are urging Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a statewide rule requiring face masks in public.

Account set up to help Alex City detective who suffered heart attack

Drew Machen, described as tenacious, dedicated, and passionate, earned the city’s Officer of the Year award for 2019. In 2020, at age 36, he nearly died of a heart attack.

  CDC, doctors suggest other ways to celebrate Halloween in pandemic

Halloween is right around the corner and there are a lot of questions about how to celebrate safely.

Tuscaloosa mayor reacts to viral photos of large bar crowds

The photos were taken inside Rhythm and Brews during The Velcro Pygmies' live performance. They were originally posted on Facebook but were deleted after going viral.

Baptist Health updates visitor policies for emergency department patients

Baptist Health has expanded its policies to allow for one visitor per patient being treated in its emergency departments.

Haynes buys competitor Care Ambulance of Alabama

Two major ambulatory companies that service central and south Alabama are about to become one.

  Students struggle to make a go of college during pandemic

“There’s no doubt that that the impact of of COVID-19 is being felt across the board in public education,” said Gordon Stone, Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership.

  Doctors urge flu shot to reduce strain on hospitals battling COVID-19

Doctors said getting a flu shot this year is more important than to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems, as they continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  University of Alabama president says school seeing drop in COVID-19 cases

University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell explained Thursday how the plan to limit the spread of coronavirus on campus appears to be working.

ABC Board plans to end the 11 p.m. alcohol restrictions

Right now Alabama bartenders have to call last call before 11 p.m.

Gov. Ivey establishes health care, emergency response grant program

The Alabama Health Care and Emergency Response Providers grant program is designed to support providers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Dr. Deborah Birx visits Montgomery, Auburn to discuss COVID-19 developments

White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was in Alabama again on Thursday.

  Alabama-designed ‘smart mask’ aims to detect COVID-19, other illness

The mask is the brainchild of Rubin Pillay, Ph.D., Chief Innovative Officer at UAB. It has built-in sensors to detect when you might be getting sick.

SEC to use new COVID-19 contact tracing technology for players

The Southeastern Conference is using a new technology to help track the spread of COVID-19 with players.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Hyundai donates face masks to Selma City Schools

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama donated 5,000 disposable face masks and 1,000 reusable fabric face masks to the school system.

  No COVID-19 spike after Labor Day; State health leader ‘pleasantly surprised’

Daily case numbers for the most part bounced between 400 and 700 with occasional spikes.

ADHR: Over 75% of child care facilities now open

The Alabama Department of Human Resources reports that the state now has its highest number of child care facilities back open since March.

COVID-19 survivor still struggles with disease, but thankful

Nearly 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. Health professionals expect that number to grow as everyone waits on the creation of a vaccine.

Alabama has one of highest gun suicide rates in America

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and with Alabama having one of the top 10 highest gun suicide rates in the nation, it is without a doubt an issue that deserves significant attention.

ADOC expanding COVID-19 testing for staff, inmates

The intent is to better protect the safety, security and well-being of its staff and inmates.

Auburn University sees drastic decline in positive COVID-19 tests

As cases of COVID-19 on the campus of Auburn University have grown exponentially each week since students have been on campus, the number of new cases this past week marks a drastic decline.

Montgomery sanitation workers could soon receive hazard pay

The Montgomery City-County Personnel Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to vote on adding sanitation employees to the list of city employees receiving hazard pay.

  Google and Apple announce new exposure notification system to trace COVID-19 cases

Technology giants, Apple and Google, have joined forces, releasing what they’re calling Exposure Notification Express, but it only works if a state chooses to use it, and so far, it’s been a hard pass for Alabama.

Alabama gives updates on 2 unemployment benefit programs

The Alabama Department of Labor announced two updates Monday related to unemployment benefit programs.

Alabama racing legend recovering from COVID-19

Farmer “encourages everyone to wear a mask and be safe.”

  Special tribute for Chilton County father who lost his battle with COVID-19

The father of three, grandfather and great-grandfather died in a Tennessee hospital hundreds of miles away from his home in Clanton.

UA System: COVID-19 dashboard shows decreases in positive cases on UA’s campus

Alabama has 294 positives over the last week but that’s down from 846 from the previous week.

  Those who go out to eat more at risk of COVID-19, CDC finds

A CDC report finds people who have COVID-19 are twice as likely to have gone out to eat before showing symptoms.