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Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

The NHL is the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to crown a champion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

  House Democrats unveil new $2.2T proposal for virus aid

  Medical experts say face covering mandate still needed in Alabama

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  Federal judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

How budgeting changes put Alabama in ‘enviable’ situation during pandemic

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  As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

  India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reaches 6 million cases

Tuscaloosa City Schools launches COVID-19 case tracker

  Dad dances outside hospital to cheer up, connect with son during chemo

  ‘Together we stand’: Couple married 70 years battles COVID-19 side by side

  Trump, Biden battle over quick confirmation of court pick

  ADPH: More than 2,500 people have died from COVID-19 as over 152K test positive and more than 64K recover

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on Friday, March 13.

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

Many major universities are determined to forge ahead despite warning signs, as evidenced by the expanding slate of college football games occurring Saturday.

  Alabama health department says you can contract COVID-19 and flu at the same time

Officials with the state health department are anticipating more rapid flu testing to differentiate it from COVID-19.

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

The spread of coronavirus has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as in parts of the West.

  Doctors say COVID-19 could be mutating

  Alabama’s face mask order currently set to expire in one week

  Health departments will keep an eye on return of late night alcohol sales

UA System: COVID-19 cases continue to drop

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

The White House and plaintiffs have “largely agreed on all terms” to resolve the matter, according to the order.

Florida to move into Phase 3 of reopening plan

During the press conference, Governor DeSantis said there will be no restrictions on restaurants in this phase and that the state will start moving to Phase 3 Friday.

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury. Each is charged with 10 counts — five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Drugmakers are rushing to develop COVID-19 vaccines with the backing of governments desperate to find a way of easing restrictions that have hammered the world economy.

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

For three months, InvestigateTV has tracked federal government data on nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. For three months, those numbers have been wrong.

  Doctors urge flu shot to reduce strain on hospitals battling COVID-19

Doctors said getting a flu shot this year is more important than to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems, as they continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roy Moore suing Gov. Ivey, state health officer over COVID-19 restrictions

The Foundation for Moral Law and Roy Moore filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s state health orders related to COVID-19, the foundation announced.

  Dr. Fauci says a COVID-19 vaccine could come before the year is out

The country’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr Anthony Fauci, says we may be only weeks away from a vaccine for COVID-19.

  University of Alabama president says school seeing drop in COVID-19 cases

University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell explained Thursday how the plan to limit the spread of coronavirus on campus appears to be working.

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge virus relief bill.

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

Dr. Deborah Birx visits Montgomery, Auburn to discuss COVID-19 developments

White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was in Alabama again on Thursday.

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

Johnson & Johnson launches final phase of its vaccine trial

Johnson & Johnson has launched the final phase of its COVID-19 vaccine trail, and it has a feature some may find convenient.

  Experts warn some KN95 masks aren’t safe

A new study shows up to 70% of KN95 masks imported from China do not meet filtration standards.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  Hospitals using plasma as treatment for COVID patients

There continues to be a debate about using plasma to treat COVID-19 patients.

  UAB infectious diseases doctor supports safe Halloween, even trick-or-treating

Dr. Marrazzo said she understands the concerns about the spread of the infectious disease and how there needs to be special care not to put kids at risk, but she believes we can still have a Halloween.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

  Student-athletes, cheerleaders and band members offered COVID-19 testing in Birmingham schools

The nasal swab testing will be offered at BCS high schools beginning Monday, September 28, 2020. Each school will be assigned a specific date and scheduled time for testing.

COVID-19 can’t keep choirs quiet for long

After spring break, Montevallo students resumed their classes online. For music majors, that meant the juniors and seniors had to record their recitals and submit videos instead of performing for their professors and classmates in person.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Hoover City Schools releases updated COVID Data Tracker

Hoover City School leaders released updated information on how it’s tracking COVID data for the district.

Urgent care and doctor’s visits may take more time than usual

If you are going to an urgent care facility with what you think might be a normal illness, prepare for the visit to take longer than normal.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

Pandemic, new rule increase Medicaid enrollment

Enrollment in Medicaid in Alabama has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, up more than 46,000 recipients since last year and surpassing a previous enrollment high set in 2015.

  Jacksonville HS football game canceled Friday over COVID-19 case

A Jacksonville High School Virtual Academy student who is a varsity football player tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, and other players were identified as close contacts.

  CDC: Avoid traditional trick-or-treating this Halloween

The CDC is asking people to avoid high risk activities this Halloween including in-person, door-to-door traditional trick-or-treating.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Hoover City School parents react to Day 1 of new learning schedule

Hoover City School elementary students started the new in-person learning schedule. Students switched from two days a week of in person learning to four.

  State continues work on school COVID data tracker

State Health and Education leaders are continuing to work to make COVID school numbers available to the public. Leaders met late last week and continue to meet to compile that data.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  COVID-19 in Alabama: Where are we with cases after Labor Day?

According to Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Labor Day was the first holiday with a mask order in place

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  CDC takes back guidance on COVID-19 transmission

The CDC updated a document on Friday saying there was growing evidence that airborne droplets after a sneeze, cough or talk can linger in the air longer and travel farther than once believed. But on Monday, the agency said that was a mistake.

  Mother loses two daughters to COVID-19

It’s more than just a number to thousands of loved ones in the United States. The country has nearly 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. It has left some families heartbroken knowing a loved one was taken too soon.

COVID-19 survivor still struggles with disease, but thankful

Nearly 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. Health professionals expect that number to grow as everyone waits on the creation of a vaccine.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

UAB hiring essential workers

Openings exist in a variety of medical fields, including nursing, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology and many more.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

  Alabama Department of Public Health says there has been no spike in numbers after Labor Day

The Alabama Department of Public Health says COVID 19 numbers from Labor Day are starting to come in.

  ‘Smart mask’: Clear mask designed at UAB could change COVID-19 protection

The looped design also allows someone to lift the mask without removing it to eat or drink.

  GuideSafe supporters want more downloads of COVID exposure notification app

So far, there have been 62,000 downloads of the Guidesafe app. 133 have been notified that they have been exposed to someone who tested positive.

Madison City Schools announces football game forfeits, delay in high school return due to COVID-19 cases

Madison City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols announced Friday that Bob Jones High School will not play the next two games of the 2020 schedule due to COVID-19.

Woodlawn vs. Homewood game cancelled because of COVID-19

A member of the Woodlawn team was exposed to COVID19.