Health

University of Alabama funds kick start research projects into COVID-19

The projects are a way to better understand the coronavirus pandemic so that people are better prepared to deal with the consequences of one if it happens again.

6 MPD officers, more jail staff and federal inmates test positive for COVID-19

45 at Union Springs nursing home test positive for COVID-19

  County Road 12: Elmore County science sensation

Dangerous Portuguese Man o’ War washing up on several beaches, including in Alabama

  Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others

More ADOC staff members test positive for COVID-19

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Alabamians are recovering from COVID-19, one man shares his story

  State health officer calls Memorial Day crowd pictures of Ala. beaches ‘terrible’

Birmingham City Council votes to extend face covering ordinance

Church of the Highlands announces when in-person services will resume

Dallas County Courthouse partially closed due to COVID-19

Deputies: Food, drinks locked from veterans in group home

ADOC: 2 inmates, 4 more employees test positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Corrections says two more inmates and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Application window for Montgomery small business relief fund opens Monday

Help could be on the way for small businesses in the Montgomery area struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours away from being put on ventilator, COVID-19 patient is saved by experimental treatment

Doctors at the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center say an experimental COVID-19 treatment being tested there has been one of the first signs of hope in the fight against this virus.

Troy Parks and Recreation Department cancels spring baseball, softball seasons

A new season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1 as long as current restrictions from the Alabama Department of Public Health are lifted.

Are recovered COVID-19 patients immune?

AHSAA sharing guidelines for return to play for high school programs

  Troy football to return to practice June 1 with restrictions

More deaths reported at Greenville nursing home hit by COVID-19

Decatur graduating senior tests positive for COVID-19

2 Montgomery ABC store employees test positive for coronavirus

  UAB Doctor: ‘We need to take personal responsibility to care of others’

UAB infectious diseases physician Rachael Lee, M.D., said Wednesday we need to be prepared to see another wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall.

Wind Creek sets dates to reopen all Alabama casinos

The public opening will still be limited to a third of the casinos’ original capacity in order to properly adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

Jackson Hospital requiring everyone to wear a mask when entering facilities

Jackson Hospital is implementing universal masking in its facilities.

34 residents, 2 employees test positive for COVID-19 at Wetumpka nursing home

Two employees and 34 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at Wetumpka Health and Rehab.

  Victoryland opens casino for business, president assures guests they are keeping facility clean

Victoryland is welcoming patrons back inside of their facility after temporarily closing their doors in late March in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

  UAB enrolls patients in phase 2 of groundbreaking study aimed at fighting COVID-19

Phase 2 of the most prominent COVID-19 drug trial will explore treatments for some of the most critical cases.

  Alabama state health officer concerned about ongoing community transmission of COVID-19

Alabama recently saw a spike of more than 600 cases in 24 hours.

136 nursing homes across state report COVID-19 cases

There are currently 136 nursing homes in the state that have reported a COVID-19 positive case, according to the Alabama Nursing Home Association.

Multiple residents, employee test positive for COVID-19 at Troy facility

Troy Health & Rehabilitation Center says multiple residents and an employee have tested positive for COVID-19.

UPDATE: Birmingham mayor will allow face covering ordinance to expire

City leaders say more people are wearing face masks or coverings all around Birmingham, but not everyone is wearing them.

  Doctor: ER handling overflow of patients as Montgomery ICU beds fill

Over the last two to three weeks, hospitals in Montgomery have seen an alarming number of COVID-19 patients come through their doors.

  Reports of COVID-19 fraud double in Alabama in one month

The Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator in his office is part of “daily briefings” to have a “daily aperture of the different types of frauds that are occurring across the country,” explained Town.

‘Parnell is God’s miracle!’: UAB Police Sgt. making continued progress in battle with COVID-19

Fekisha Vaughan Guyton, Guyton’s wife said her husband’s condition has markedly improved since “that fateful April 4th day, when I was summoned to UAB to see him for the last time!”

Technical issues with unemployment claim certifications resolved, ADOL says

The Alabama Department of Labor says technical issues that affected thousands of unemployment claimants over the weekend have been resolved.

  How contact tracing works in Alabama

If ADPH thinks you have been exposed, a public health official will call and notify you.

  East Alabama Medical Center offering antibody testing

East Alabama Medical Center officials say that about six weeks ago the phone lines to their call centers were ringing off the hook

  Jackson Hospital seeing heaviest patient influx ever encountered, pulmonologist says

COVID-19 cases in Montgomery have more than doubled since the beginning of May, landing the capitol city on a National “location to watch” list.

Birmingham Mayor: Traditional church services “dangerous” right now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin telling a national audience he's been in regular contact with faith leaders since March. He told CNN he is concerned about spreading COVID-19 if churches reopen to traditional services.

Can you catch COVID-19 in a swimming pool?

Years of research around pool maintenance shows that if a pool is using the proper chemicals, it’s a relatively sterile environment.

LifeSouth testing donors for COVID-19 antibodies

LifeSouth testing donors for COVID-19 antibodies

  Pandemic doesn’t prevent Reeltown High graduates from walking the stage

Reeltown High School had a total of 75 students in their 2020 graduating class.

  Child care facilities preparing to welcome more children

Child care facilities are preparing to welcome more children under amended Safer At Home order.

Veterans home sees drop in active COVID-19 cases

A second round of COVID-19 testing was conducted this week.

Biscuits COVID-19 relief burger cook-off to be livestreamed

While it still may be some time before fans can watch the Biscuits play, Saturday they can enjoy a burger cook-off right from the infield!

  ADPH: Nearly 8,000 presumed recovered from COVID-19

Nearly 8,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Ala. among few states to incorporate Apple, Google contact tracing technology

The technology would be able to track those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 through Bluetooth.

  How Gov. Ivey’s further-loosened order impacts school reopenings

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has amended her state order in the fight against COVID-19 which is opening the door for students to return to class.

  Alabama further eases restrictions as COVID-19 spreads

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday that more types of businesses and events can restart despite an increasing number of COVID-19 cases across the state.

  Montgomery hospitals can handle ICU bed shortages, state health officer says

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris spoke Thursday afternoon about the state of hospitals in Montgomery, which Mayor Steven Reed says are at a “critical point.”

AHSAA schools may begin summer activities June 1

Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools may re-open June 1, in accordance with Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Massey’s directive announced Thursday.

500K Alabamians apply for unemployment in 2 months

The applications from last week were the lowest since late March and continued an overall downward trend as parts of Alabama’s economy reopen.

RSA Tower tenant reports positive coronavirus case

The employee has not been inside the building since May 14.

Coach Nick Saban: All of us want to make sure we play football this fall

Coach Saban, Associate Athletics Director Jeff Allen and Big Al star in the new video announcement about the importance of wearing masks and social distancing.

  Music educators concerned about the spread of COVID-19 while singing

Many school systems plan a return to in-person instruction this fall but it may depend on the subject matter being taught.

ALEA to enforce safety at Lake Guntersville during Memorial Day weekend

ALEA will crack down on crime and issue tickets if you break rules when you’re out on the lake.

  Doctors urge parents to keep their kids active

Doctors say Alabama has a high child obesity rate and urges parents to keep kids active.

  ’One of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life,' EAMC’s chaplain shares pandemic impact

The former Methodist minister shared it’s been devastating to see COVID-19 end dozens of lives in the area as the virus continues impacting the community.

  Montgomery hospitals at ‘very critical point’ with COVID-19, mayor says

“Right now, if you are from Montgomery and you need an ICU bed, you are in trouble,” the mayor said.

  Auburn University virologist involved in vaccine trials discusses timeline, expectations

Scientists and medical experts estimate a vaccine will play a key role in ending the pandemic.

Construction worker at Bryant-Denny Stadium shares concerns about on-site COVID-19 cases

Someone working on the construction project on Bryant Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus became concerned when people stopped showing up for work.

  Relief fund launched to help Montgomery small businesses impacted by COVID-19

A coalition of Montgomery community partners has created the Recover Together Small Business Relief Fund.

28 residents still battling COVID-19 at Alex City veterans home

Wednesday’s numbers are down compared to the 40 positive cases the home saw just a week ago.

  Survey: More than half of Americans ready to visit reopened businesses

The numbers paint a gloomy picture of the economy’s near future.

  Couple diagnosed with COVID-19, wife of 66 years says goodbye

Nursing staff had arranged for Dorothy to say her final goodbyes through a Facetime call, but plans changed.

  Montgomery leaders discuss ICU bed shortage caused by pandemic

City leaders are calling on citizens to be more vigilant when it comes to the coronavirus, saying they aren’t seeing the improvements they would like.

Caregivers suffer silently during pandemic, resources are available

The burden of being a caregiver is usually shouldered silently, but it’s especially hard right now when there’s no one to talk to.

  Memorial Day expected to bring large crowds to Alabama beaches

Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are policing the shoreline and encouraging beachgoers to be responsible.

Rheem employee hospitalized with COVID-19 dies

The employee was last in the plant on April 13 but not diagnosed with COVID-19 until April 25.

Birmingham City Council extends mandatory face mask ordinance until May 29

The ordinance, submitted by Mayor Randall Woodfin, is designed to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

  Contact tracers could be calling to track down coronavirus cases

Those calls can sound a lot like a scammer. So how can we tell if it's the real thing?

JCDH doctor says going to the gym during pandemic is ‘risky’

As more gyms work to reopen safely, we’re finding out if the physical and mental benefit of a good workout outweighs the risk of getting infected.

  Virus prompts most presiding judges to postpone in-person court proceedings

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled in-person court hearings could resume this week.

Bill Nichols Veterans Home has 40 active COVID-19 cases among residents

There are currently 40 active cases of COVID-19 among the residents at Bill Nichols Veterans Home, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $500,000 to ADPH

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced Monday a $500,000 donation to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  RTJ hotels, resorts reopening more amenities

Hotels and resorts along Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail are preparing to reopen more amenities after COVID-19 forced restrictions on businesses across the state.

488 dead from COVID-19, Alabama surpasses 12,000 cases

As of Monday morning, 488 people have died from COVID-19 in Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 contact tracing: what you can expect if you get a call

When someone tests positive the Alabama Department of Health launches an investigation, trying to figure out where they've been and who they've interacted with that might be at risk.

  Montgomery pastors say it’s too soon to open places of worship

Under Alabama’s current amended safer at home order, church services can be held if guests maintain a six-foot distance.