Coronavirus

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.

  ‘We are still in a crisis’: Mayor urges Montgomery residents to stay home or wear masks

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

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

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New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

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

Southern Springs Health Care in Bullock County says 38 residents and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  County Road 12: Elmore County science sensation

Even during this coronavirus pandemic a sophomore at Stanhope Elmore High School is making waves with her science project.

  Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others

What’s going on inside our hospitals may be a better way to assess the current state of the pandemic.

  Non-profit organizations feeling impact of COVID-19

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

More ADOC staff members test positive for COVID-19

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

  Court back in session in some counties, virus overhauls normal operation

In-person court proceedings resumed in the 19th Judicial Circuit covering Elmore, Autauga, and Chilton counties this week.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

ADOL set up at Acadome to help in filing unemployment forms

ADOL staff has been on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day this week.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

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

Alabama’s largest church will welcome guests back in person on Father’s Day.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

Dallas County Courthouse partially closed due to COVID-19

A section of the Dallas County Courthouse is shutdown after a positive case of COVID-19.

Deputies: Food, drinks locked from veterans in group home

Mobile County deputies arrested the homeowner on elder abuse and neglect charges. His wife will also face similar charges.

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.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

  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.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

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.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

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?

We asked state health officials for an update on whether a recovered person is also immune to the virus.

AHSAA sharing guidelines for return to play for high school programs

On June 1, high school programs around the state are set to make their return to play after three months of waiting due to coronavirus.

  Troy football to return to practice June 1 with restrictions

Practices will be completely voluntary, so athletes can choose to not return to campus.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

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

The number of deaths at a south Alabama nursing home has nearly doubled in just over a week’s time from eight to 14.

Decatur graduating senior tests positive for COVID-19

Decatur City Schools reports that one of the graduating seniors from Austin High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

2 Montgomery ABC store employees test positive for coronavirus

The two stores will be professionally cleaned before reopening Thursday with a completely different staff.

  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.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

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.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  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.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

  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.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  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.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

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.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.