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Alabama healthcare workers find relief in COVID-19 vaccine

Doctors continue to say the COVID-19 vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic.

ADPH responds after 4 Alabama senators release letter on COVID-19 vaccine distribution issues

UA mistakenly sends 7,500 COVID-negative email notifications

Alabama adds 2,515 COVID cases Tuesday

Man who spent 99 days in the hospital with COVID-19 dies shortly after release

  UAB doctors urge public to take vaccine when it’s available

ICU bed availability still a concern in Alabama

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Talks COVID 19

Alabama adds 1,430 new COVID cases Monday

Baptist Health expands COVID-19 vaccinations

ADPH releases map of COVID-19 vaccination locations

2 more MPS schools go virtual after rise in COVID cases

  ADPH disputes CDC vaccine ranking

  MainStreet Family Care offering vaccinations

MainStreet Family Care is offering vaccinations at its Alabama clinics.

Alabama adds 2,945 COVID cases Friday

The state added nearly 3,000 COVID cases Friday, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

ADPH: COVID-19 Percent positive rate down slightly in Alabama

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, the percent positive rate is 17.8% which is down from a 20% rate last week.

  UAB researcher develops at home COVID-19 antibody testing kit

Researchers at UAB developed an at home antibody test.

  Alabama truckers deal with pandemic, wait for vaccine

  When will mass vaccinations start for teachers?

  Nurse practitioner dies from COVID-19; wife remembers his legacy

COVID-19 vaccination appointments no longer available at Russell Medical Center

Alabama continues to review possible COVID-19 deaths, 646 added to total this week

  UAB Chief of Hospital Medicine talks long term COVID-19 side effects

  State considering making COVID vaccine more accessible to seniors and low-income neighborhoods

The state hoped to soon go to the people instead of the other way around.

Alexander City Schools to move to virtual learning for 2 weeks

Alexander City Schools will be moving to remote learning for two weeks starting on Jan. 19.

  ADPH: No more vaccine appointments available right now at health departments

ADPH says there are currently no more appointments available at county health departments.

Alabama adds 3,147 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The state has reported a total of 410,995 cases since the pandemic started in March.

  Health, state leaders ask for patience on COVID-19 vaccine

State leaders are asking residents to remain patient.

  Gov. Ivey gets second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Ivey urged the state’s residents to be patient despite the vaccine’s slow rollout saying the state is “working to get vaccine in the arms of people as soon as the supplies come in.”

Long-time nurse at Coosa Valley Medical Center dies from COVID-19

Betty Grier Gallaher worked at the hospital for over 43 years according to a Facebook post.

Alabama adds 3,848 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday

The state added 3,848 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  New COVID clinic opens Tuesday at Elmore Community Hospital

Elmore Community Hospital will open a new COVID Clinic Tuesday as cases continue to rise across Alabama.

Andalusia Health halts hospital visitations

Andalusia Health has banned visitors until further notice.

  Alabama working to improve vaccine scheduling process

Gov. Kay Ivey says they are creating an online portal to improve registration capabilities.

Alabama tops 400K COVID-19 cases since pandemic started

Alabama has crossed the 400,000 mark for COVID-19 cases just under 10 months after the pandemic was first discovered in the state,

ADPH: Only call COVID-19 vaccine hotline if you qualify

The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking those who do not qualify to schedule a vaccine at this time to stop calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline.

Auburn provost facing no-confidence vote over pandemic plan

The top academic officer at Auburn University is facing a no-confidence vote by faculty members this week.

  COVID-19 spike has Montgomery urgent cares overwhelmed

A COVID-19 spike brought on by the holidays is sending urgent care centers into overdrive.

  ADPH working to maintain COVID-19 testing as vaccines continue to roll out

The Alabama Department of Health is trying to balance both COVID-19 testing sites and vaccine distribution.

  Elmore Community Hospital opening permanent drive-thru clinic

Elmore Community Hospital will open a permanent drive-thru clinic.

  Alabama COVID vaccine hotline, hospital switchboards slammed with calls

The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging residents who want to take advantage of an expanded COVID-19 vaccination hotline to stop calling their local hospitals.

  ADPH: Vaccination appointments for people 75 and older and first responders

ADPH leaders said the addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout.

COVID-19 surge two weeks after Christmas

Christmas Day was two weeks ago and the state of Alabama is now seeing COVID numbers jump because of the holiday.

University of Alabama begins COVID-19 vaccinations

UA healthcare providers, residents and employees at Capstone Village, first responders and people in vulnerable populations in the University’s community are eligible to get vaccinated.

Alabama sees over 24,000 COVID-19 cases this week

The state saw 24,829 new cases of COVID-19 this week, according to the latest numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Red Cross of AL clears up questions about donating plasma

The American Red Cross in the Alabama region has heard from people concerned that donating your plasma will affect your body’s antibody count.

UAB using hotels instead of hospital beds for some patients

UAB Hospital is putting some patients in hotels near the hospital to preserve bed space, according to the hospital’s CEO.

  Alabama passes grim milestone as COVID-19 claims 5,000+ lives

This week alone the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed more than 200 deaths, however some date back seven to eight months

Montgomery County remains ‘high risk’ on ADPH COVID-19 dashboard

Montgomery County is still in the “high risk” category on the state's latest COVID-19 risk indicator.

  Pediatrician offers advice about children and COVID-19

Students across Alabama are returning to school after the winter break, so we reached out to a pediatrician about her concerns regarding children and coronavirus.

Alabama Hospital Association President reports some patients being transferred out of state

Covid-19 hospitalizations are down across the state compared to yesterday, but officials said this doesn’t lessen the impact on hospitals right now.

UAB now sharing numbers on COVID-convalesced patients

UAB is now sharing numbers on patients who are no longer infected with COVID-19, but are still being hospitalized due to long term effects.

Auburn University begins COVID-19 vaccinations

Auburn University will have a phased approach to administering the vaccine.

EAMC sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

EAMC and EAMC-Lanier were collectively caring for 80 patients with the virus as of Wednesday morning.

COVID-19 vaccine to be available to Macon County first responders this week

Macon County first responders will have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday.

Alabama reports 4,591 COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed another 4,591 COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

ADPH: Some counties administering vaccine to people 75 and older

Even though Alabama remains in Phase 1a in the COVID-19 process, the Alabama Department of Public Health says some counties are able to intermittently administer the vaccine to people who are 75 and older.

Birmingham mayor released from hospital after treatment for COVID pneumonia

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin was released from a Birmingham hospital Wednesday after receiving treatment to address COVID pneumonia, according to city officials.

  UAB Doctors: COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective; urge independent research

Questions are still lingering about the safety of the shots and how effective they really are.

Importance of checking radon levels in your home

The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging people to test their homes for radon this winter.

COVID-19 treatment keeping hundreds from being hospitalized and very sick

Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Saag said more than 250 people across the state had gotten the treatment and out of that number, only five needed to be hospitalized.

COVID-19 cases soar, likely accounting for holiday transmission

Alabama reported nearly 5,500 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, pushing the seven-day case average to nearly 4,000 per day.

Alexander City to close city buildings amid rise in COVID cases

Alexander City has decided to close all city buildings to the public as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state.

BamaTracker creator talks vaccines and future of the site

David Marconnet created the site hoping to give Alabamians an easier way to view the spread of COVID-19 across the state, he never imagined it would get this big though.

Would single-dose COVID vaccinations help stretch supply and help protect more people?

Health leaders with the University of California and Brown University theorized only administering a single dose of COVID-19 vaccines, instead of giving second doses, to allow more people to be vaccinated.

  Ala. remains in the dark over vaccine shipments, allocations

As of this week, 90 sites across the state are currently administering the vaccine.

  Opelika nursing home administers first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Arbor Springs Health and Rehab, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Opelika, administered the first round of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to residents and employees Monday.

Alabama COVID-19 hospitalizations top 3,000, put other care at risk

The situation is greatly concerning, not just for those with COVID but for anyone seeking treatment of an urgent, non-COVID-related nature.

Auburn mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders has tested positive for COVID-19.

Alabama starts 2021 with same COVID-19 challenges

Four days into 2021 and the state’s already amassed nearly 13,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Churches discuss plans, vaccine as COVID cases surge

Churches in Alabama and across the nation have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some pastors are hopeful with the vaccine rollout.

  Montgomery trainer offers tips for getting in shape in 2021

One of the biggest goals for people every year is to get in shape.

  BamaTracker adds vaccine dashboard with graphics

The goal of BamaTracker is make the numbers as easy to understand as possible.

  Older Alabamians may have to wait a while before they can get a COVID-19 vaccine

People in Tennessee and Florida are lining up for the COVID-19 shot after health officials in those states expanded vaccine eligibility. Now older populations in Alabama are waiting for their turn, but it could be a while.

  Montgomery pastor, wife die 2 weeks apart due to COVID-19

John and Joann Thomas died two weeks apart after they both tested positive for COVID-19.

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after being hospitalized with coronavirus

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with COVID-19

  Looking back at the year of COVID-19 in Alabama

It's safe to say we could never have imagined what the year would be like when we rang in 2020 one year ago. Much of that is because of the spread of the coronavirus.We’re taking at look back at the turmoil the virus has caused in Alabama and what the future holds.

  State superintendent gives update on teacher vaccination plan

State leaders are coming up with a vaccination plan for teachers after the CDC approved recommendations that teachers, support staff and child care workers be next to get vaccinated.

  COVID-19 vaccine trial at UAB only requires one shot

While two vaccines are out, the process is going slowly. UAB is taking part in another vaccine trial that could help speed things along.

2020 ends with soaring COVID-19 cases, record hospitalizations and deaths

December has set - and broken - numerous records related to cases, hospitalizations and deaths since the illness began spreading here in mid-March.

Montgomery cafe temporarily closes due to COVID-19

Vintage Cafe in Montgomery announced Wednesday it was closing temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.