Alabama health officials encouraged by COVID-19 numbers

Alabama health officials are encouraged by a decline in COVID-19 cases about a month after a state mask order took effect but cautioned that people should not abandon precautions as the state heads to Labor Day gatherings and school openings.

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Twin beams of light won’t shine during 9/11 tribute in NYC due to coronavirus

  Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

  Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

Employee says company denied paid time off for quarantine

  Hospital staff hosts wedding ceremony for COVID-19 patient

  Trump and Biden trade barbs over coronavirus response, masks

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Could GuideSafe testing program be available to all?

‘He never ran a fever, he never coughed’: Wife details experience after losing husband to COVID-19

  Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate

  ADPH: Lack of testing supplies puts case numbers outside norm

NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

2 more students in Troy University dorms test positive for COVID-19

Two more students living in Troy University residence halls have tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed in a statement.

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday said he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why does COVID-19 impair sense of smell for some?

Hyposmia or anosmia, a decreased or complete loss of smell, has been widely reported in patients with COVID-19, often as a symptom noticed before other symptoms or even as the only symptom present in an otherwise asymptomatic patient.

  Chicken wings test positive for coronavirus in China

Health officials tested people who came in contact with the product, and all results were negative. Officials did not say the brand of the chicken product.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

  Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight after boy with autism wouldn’t wear mask

Halloween candy arriving earlier in some stores due to pandemic

AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening

Certain gaiters no longer advised as COVID-19 facial coverings

Counselors say students may lose social skills while online learning

  ADPH: Some positive COVID-19 cases could have been missed

Some small labs were either unaware or unequipped to report cases to ADPH in a timely fashion

  Alabama confirms 100,000th COVID-19 case

Alabama surpassed the 100,000 mark Wednesday after confirming 875 cases of COVID-19,

  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

The White House’s top negotiator is trying to revive stalled talks over coronavirus aid.

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

These drugs are believed to last for a month or more and could give quick, temporary immunity to people at high risk of infection, such as health workers and housemates of someone with COVID-19.

32 students sent home from New Brockton High School

Two students had COVID-19 symptoms.

  Weekly COVID-19 averages drop after mask order

Wednesday marks four weeks since a mask order went into effect in Alabama, so we compared the number of cases in the month before and after to gauge any changes.

9-year-old Tri-State girl expected to die from unknown condition

The girl tested positive for coronavirus in May.

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

Even as sporting events around the country continue to start back up, putting the health and safety of Masters patrons at risk was too big a hill to climb, according to Ridley.

Nearly 50 ADOC inmates positive for COVID-19

Nearly 50 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in Alabama prisons, the department of corrections announced Tuesday.

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

During a time when many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, is defying the odds.

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

The vaccine is still in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA but is already being manufactured, so if it is approved, it can be rolled out quickly.

Student in Troy University dorm tests positive for COVID-19

A student living in a Troy University dorm tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed Tuesday.

  Trump’s executive order gives people longer break before resuming student loan payments

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday allowing borrowers to wait until 2021 to resume paying back federal loans.

  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

  Boarding school in Camp Hill returns to campus amid COVID-19 pandemic

The private, all boy’s military school in Camp Hill will begin in-person instruction on August 12.

  AL Banker’s Association says state is experiencing coin re-circulation issue, no coin shortage

Coin circulation is something consumers rarely thought about prior to COVID-19.

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

  Judge tosses suit challenging governor’s mask order

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s statewide order to wear face coverings in public places to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

  Auburn prepares for return of students

In an effort to create a safe environment amid the coronavirus pandemic, Auburn University has developed what it calls its Healthier U plan.

‘It bothers them to think we might not have a season’: JSU and Troy coaches on COVID-19 and football

Grass, whose Gamecocks practiced Monday, said it’s been difficult to navigate football right now because it changes daily.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

$7M in CARES Act funds awarded to Alabama mental health programs

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $7 million in funds to support two programs of the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

Severe symptoms still appear rare among those kids infected, making up less than 2% of hospitalizations. However, at least 90 children have died from the disease.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

ADPH: 20% of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama end up in ICU

In Alabama, 20-percent of children hospitalized with COVID-19 have been in the ICU, according to data provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

  Governor’s office evaluating Trump unemployment plan

A spokeswoman said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is evaluating President Donald Trump’s proposal to offer an additional $400 a week in unemployment payments that also required states to pick up one-fourth of the cost.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Most Alabama child care facilities are open amid pandemic

About 63% of the state’s 2,410 child care facilities are now open after most closed in the spring because of COVID-19.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

COVID-19 death now confirmed in all 67 Alabama counties

A rural southeast Alabama county that borders Florida is accustomed to being last when it comes to COVID-19. It was the last to confirm a case and now the last to confirm a death.

1,122 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths confirmed Sunday

If the more than 3,500 probable cases under investigation are confirmed, Alabama will soon pass the 100,000 mark for COVID-19 infections.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Sen. Doug Jones responds to new Trump executive orders

The executive orders extend unemployment benefits, put a hold on student loan payments, defer payroll taxes for some Americans, and extend the moratorium on evictions.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

  ASU students begin move-in during COVID-19 Pandemic

Alabama State University began welcoming students back on campus for the fall semester.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.