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Prattville pastor dies from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has claimed the life of a church pastor in Prattville, leaving the congregation stunned and surprised.

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ADPH to remove vaccine supplies from providers who aren’t administering vaccine timely

Ivey calls Thursday news conference for COVID-19 pandemic update

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

Alabama surpasses 6,000 COVID-19 related deaths

Alabama healthcare workers find relief in COVID-19 vaccine

  Capital city joins nation in remembering COVID-19 victims

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  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

ADPH to launch an online COVID vaccine registration portal to help streamline process.

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

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

UA mistakenly sends 7,500 COVID-negative email notifications

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

Alabama adds 2,515 COVID cases Tuesday

The state added over 2,000 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

How dangerous is it? Scientists study South African COVID-19 variant

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.

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

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

ICU bed availability still a concern in Alabama

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Talks COVID 19

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

Convalescent plasma, blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19, has antibodies that can help those who are sick from the virus.

  Alabama Army and Air National Guard & Airmen at Maxwell Air Force Base get vaccine

Vaccines are currently voluntary and will be administered via appointment only.

Alabama adds 1,430 new COVID cases Monday

The state added 1,430 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Baptist Health expands COVID-19 vaccinations

Baptist Health announced that it is officially expanding its COVID-19 vaccinations.

ADPH releases map of COVID-19 vaccination locations

The Alabama Department of Public Health has created a map that shows sites other than hospitals that have been selected to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

2 more MPS schools go virtual after rise in COVID cases

Two more Montgomery Public Schools have been placed under quarantine after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

  ADPH disputes CDC vaccine ranking

Alabama Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said there was a reporting problem. Some vaccination records were kicked out by computers. The health department’s IT workers have been working on correcting the information all week.

  MainStreet Family Care offering vaccinations

MainStreet Family Care is offering vaccinations at its Alabama clinics.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

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.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

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

Truck drivers are among those responsible for delivering the vaccine, but can’t get it themselves anytime soon.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

  When will mass vaccinations start for teachers?

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and the state’s top health officials met Thursday morning to continue talks on how to get more teachers access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

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

Andrew Atkins, 48, was a nurse practitioner at Ivy Creek Family Care in Millbrook.

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

Russell Medical Center says it no longer has appointments available for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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

Alabama has reported over 600 COVID-19 deaths this week, according to data provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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

UAB Hospital is seeing patients suffer from the lasting effects of COVID-19, some not even able to leave the hospital.

  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.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

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.

  Sen. Tommy Tuberville on the seriousness of COVID-19, the Capitol riot

Tuberville said he is visiting hospitals across the state, including VA hospitals to see how healthcare workers and first responders are helping fight COVID-19.

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.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

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

State leaders are asking residents to remain patient.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  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.

Carver High School under quarantine; virtual learning in meantime

Montgomery Public Schools has announced that Carver High School is under a mandatory quarantine period.

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.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  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.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.