Coronavirus

Alabama lieutenant governor provides update on family’s medical condition

Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth tweeted Friday he is "feeling great." But his wife has developed mild COVID-19 symptoms.

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

UA System: COVID-19 numbers increase at UA, UAH

973 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Friday

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

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  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

  Alabama health leaders believe Alabama could see new surge in COVID-19 cases

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

  Closing and Cashing In: Coronavirus relief funding goes to colleges with histories of financial instability and plans to close

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

  1 MPS school closes, students at another quarantined due to COVID-19

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

  School COVID Dashboard set to roll out next week

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says the COVID school Dashboard will be released at the end of next week.

Alabama Lt. Gov Will Ainsworth tests positive for COVID-19

Ainsworth’s office said he tested positive “despite taking every effort to maintain and follow CDC safety protocols.”

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

  Holiday travel this year to be low cost, high risk, experts say

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  Alabama health officials issue guidance on Halloween activities

ADPH recommends that families find alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  Doctors: ‘Pandemic fatigue’ may be to blame for surge in coronavirus cases

As coronavirus cases increase nationwide, there’s new concern over what could be fueling that surge - what experts are calling “pandemic fatigue."

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations increasing again in Alabama

The state’s case numbers are once again showing an uptick.

  Concerns over false positive test for coach Nick Saban

How common are those false positive tests? Doctors say it's rare but it does happen.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

Macon East going virtual for some grade levels due to COVID-19 cases

After several teachers, their spouses, and parents tested positive for COVID-19, Macon East Academy has decided to move to virtual school.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

  Millbrook churches hold joint outdoor service

Village Green Park turned into a sanctuary on Sunday afternoon when Lake Elam Missionary Baptist and Millbrook Presbyterian Church came together for worship in the park.

Doctors warn holiday celebrations should be different during pandemic

Many are already planning celebrations for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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

A Sumiton man is reunited with his family tonight after spending almost 70 days in the hospital battling COVID 19.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

  IHME projects grim future for Alabama

Based on IHME projections, Dr. Mokdad said 5,700 people in Alabama will die from COVID-19 by February 1st.

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

Montgomery Public Schools reported more COVID-19 cases this week.

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

The Alabama Department of Public Health updated its risk indicator dashboard Friday.

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

Alabama’s monthly unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in September as the coronavirus pandemic kept up its continuing damage to the state’s economy, the government reported Friday.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

Alabama A&M to change to virtual learning after Thanksgiving

No students will be permitted on campus after November 20th.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

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

New studies are examining the relationship between your blood type and your personal COVID risk. It shows that people with O blood type may have a lower risk of infection.

  ‘Light up Friday Nights’ to honor healthcare workers

Porch lights around Alabama will light up in honor of healthcare workers who have made incredible sacrifices since the coronavirus pandemic began.

COVID-19 nasal spray vaccine candidate showing more promising signs

A COVID-19 nasal spray vaccine candidate is showing more promising signs after undergoing extensive preclinical testing at UAB.

  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.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

  Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S.

  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

  US COVID cases surge to nearly 60K as pandemic wave builds

New cases rose in at least 35 states over the past week, while the nation averaged more than 50,000 new cases a day.

  US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

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.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

  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.

  Closing schools is latest front in virus fight across Europe

European countries, and even regions inside countries, are applying drastically contrasting strategies to get a handle on the pandemic.

  Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

With this week’s pause of a second major vaccine study because of an unexplained illness a quarter of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated.

  Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Other retailers like Macy’s have said that their Black Friday deals will be spread out and will encourage more online shopping, but none have given specific details.

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

Nearly 30 states, including Alabama, are currently in the "red zone" for new COVID-cases according to White House Coronavirus Task Force reports obtained by The Center for Public Integrity which is a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C.

  COVID-19 survivor shares experience with the virus

It’s been seven months since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Alabama, and of course, thousands more have been reported since then. One Alabama woman not only battled COVID-19, but she did so while pregnant.

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

State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health Dr. Scott Harris said it has been quite a seven months, and seems a lot longer.

  Pandemic takes toll on mental health of Americans

As of August, nearly 41% of adults surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported struggling with mental health issues.

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

Montgomery Public Schools confirmed 168 teachers didn’t report to class Tuesday morning as in-person learning resumed across the district.

  Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study

Eli Lilly confirmed Tuesday that the study had been paused “out of an abundance of caution”

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

Scientists with Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), put a droplet of fluid containing SARS-CoV-2 on high-contact surfaces and tracked how long the virus survived at different temperatures.

  More masks, less play: Europe tightens rules as virus surges

The World Health Organization said Tuesday there were more than 700,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Europe last week, a jump of 34% compared to the previous week.