Coronavirus

Birmingham City Schools get help with some meals for students

After Monday April, 6 , children will no longer be able to pick up free meals.

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  Credit rating agency says AMC Theaters is in big trouble

ADPH: Alabama tops 2,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus as deaths continue to rise

  Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

  Global shares mostly lower amid worries on pandemic toll

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

  CDC weighs loosening back-to-work guidelines for some exposed to coronavirus

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  Texas woman, 18, arrested after threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

  UAB continues to play major role in effort to find COVID-19 treatment

  UAB School of Medicine Dean: African Americans disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

In the deep south, African Americans disproportionately have underlying health issues like cardiac disease and diabetes, but that’s not the sole reason for the disparity in deaths.

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a familiar face to Americans as he gives daily updates at the White House. Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro talked to him Tuesday about what communities across the country are facing.

  Chambers Co. hit hardest by COVID-19 in state

With 99 confirmed cases, .3% of the population is infected with the virus, or 30 per 10,000 people.

  UAB opens dorm for medical workers, other frontline families forced to get creative

UAB officials expect medical workers and first responders to begin moving in Camp Hall within the next few days.

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

Birmingham City employee tests positive for COVID-19

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

‘Tails’ from the home office

  America Red Cross asking COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.

One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

And that’s the reason why you can’t relax your mitigation regardless of where you are. If you look at the map of the United States, there are cases all over the place, each of which is a little bit of an ember that can turn into a fire, and that’s what you have to worry about.

  Birmingham City Council passes hazard pay for first responders

“We are committed to doing whatever we can to help our first responders and workers who are on the front lines of this public health crisis.”

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Thomas Modly issued a written apology Monday hours after President Donald Trump, at a White House news conference, described his comments about Capt. Brett E. Crozier as "rough."

  Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

The SBA’s loan processing system stopped working Monday, making it impossible for loans to be approved and funds distributed, according to a trade group for community bankers and the CEO of an online lending marketplace.

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.

UAB chosen for new clinical trial to treat COVID-19 patients

UAB has been selected to begin enrolling patients in an international study assessing the use of inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) to improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients with severely damaged lungs.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

The company that owns Logan's had already declared bankruptcy before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.

Congressman Mo Brooks makes face shields for health care workers

Congressman Brooks and his wife make face shields for health care workers.

West Texas family celebrates 104th birthday through window at nursing home

This year, Odee Kemp’s birthday is just a little different. She turns 104 today, April 7. She is celebrating, but is doing so without her friends and family in the room with her.

  Wall Street’s rally fizzles as oil prices suddenly plunge

The market’s gains faded as the price of U.S. crude oil abruptly flipped from a gain to a steep loss of more than 9%.

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

Hamilton played 47 games in the majors, mostly as a pinch hitter and fill-in first baseman.

  Fourth grader’s Zoom class conference interrupted by pornographic video, Fla. mom says

One Florida mother said she was shocked when her fourth grader’s class video call was interrupted by pornography.

  Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo match for senior citizens

The actor calls out the winning numbers for a virtual match in a video on the Facebook page for The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living.

‘Beyond the Classroom’: St. Clair County Schools starts distance, online learning

St. Clair County schools has 9,600 students, and 18 schools.

Pediatricians across Alabama adapting to treat patients during the pandemic

Primary care pediatricians have changed protocols for triaging and providing well and sick visits, instituted new practice guidelines for providing care via telehealth, and taken to social media now more than ever to communicate to their patients and families about the importance of staying healthy.

Alabaster CityFest 2020 is canceled

You make plans now to join us for what will certainly be a better-than-ever CityFest on June 5, 2021.

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

  When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first head of government to be stricken by the coronavirus, has pushed this matter to the fore.

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown.

  VIDEO: Dancing WWII vet rocks his quarantine jam

Chuck jams on his front porch to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Geneva is Alabama’s last county without a COVID-19 case

“We all agree that Geneva County is just lucky," said Geneva Mayor Frankie Lindsey.

  Little Caesars donating 1 million pizzas to first responders, hospitals

Restaurant chain Little Caesars has announced it will donate 1 million pizzas to first responders and medical workers in the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Second Tuscaloosa firefighter tests positive for coronavirus, 26 firefighters on paid leave

One other firefighter who was identified as a Person Under Investigation (PUI) has received a negative test result.

  Pregnancy not linked to severe forms of coronavirus, study says

The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  Social media platforms try to limit spread of false 5G coronavirus claims

YouTube and other social media platforms are trying to limit the spread of false 5G coronavirus claims after cellphone towers in the United Kingdom were attacked.

  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand leader says

New Zealand has decided there is some magic in the world after officially declaring children’s favorites the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers.

  Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’

As leaders try to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak, they are turning to numerous mathematical models to help them figure out what might — key word, might — happen next and what they should try to do now to contain and prepare for the spread.

  Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

  Mich. woman recreates cruise at home after it was canceled due to coronavirus

On Facebook, the woman posted pictures of herself “enjoying the water” and drinking tropical drinks – made from apples instead of coconuts.

  Essential worker: ‘I’m being forced to make a decision no one should have to make.’

She said dealing with the possibility of being infected with COVID-19 is stressful and rude customers were not making it any easier.

  What’s the coronavirus recovery rate in Alabama?

It’s a question a lot of you have been asking: What is the recovery rate in Alabama for people who get coronavirus?

  Coronavirus testing backlog continues in Ala.

If you’ve been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting on results, you’re not alone. We’re looking at the backlog and what’s taking so long.

  Parking lots littered with PPE could contribute to spread of coronavirus

There are so many people in the community doing great things, helping in any way that they can, but the reality of what’s happening at some stores deemed essential by the state paints an ugly picture.

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.

  State launches ALtogether website to help those affected by COVID-19

Governor Kay Ivey said the site is a guide to help and empower those hurt by the coronavirus crisis, and a landing place for those looking to help.

  Cullman manufacturer makes masks for COVID-19, city considers loan

A Cullman manufacturer is now changing its focus to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of making linens, they’re going to make masks.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

The company said Monday that the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States.

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

The loan comes after California's hospitals added more than 3,000 ventilators to their supplies through refurbishing old or broken ones and buying some new.

Cincy mailman helping customers on route with essential items

“I didn’t do it to receive anything myself. I just did it to help my customers."

  UAB dedicates a residence hall to house heroes on the front lines, students’ belongings stored

Camp Hall will be utilized to safely house health care workers and first responders who need a place to stay, including those who may need to isolate or quarantine.

  Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

In a public address to the ship’s crew Monday morning, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was either stupid or naïve, or betrayed the Navy, according to a transcript provided by Navy officials.

  Reactions to stay-at-home order

Jefferson County leaders are not reporting any problems with the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Ivey on Friday.

UAB nurse Terri reads letters from children thanking their heroes

A UAB spokesperson says the support from the Birmingham community, state of Alabama and beyond has been overwhelming for the front line hospital workers battling the coronavirus pandemic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

The two people familiar with the call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

  Gadsden mayor urges people to wear masks, follow social distancing

Gadsden’s mayor, Sherman Guyton, has renewed his calls for social distancing after Governor Ivey’s stay at home order.

Cullman Regional accepting handmade masks

Hospital officials say they want to make it clear they haven’t run out of supplies, but are monitoring supplies daily and creating backup supplies in case there is a surge in patient volume.

  Lupus patients concerned about access to medications during coronavirus pandemic

Lupus patients depend on different drugs to help relieve them of inflammatory pain.

  WATCH: No birthday party, no problem: Police lead drive-by parade for 5-year-old

The family contacted police to see if an officer would be willing to participate. When it was time for the party, four officers showed up to lead the parade.

As crisis calls increase, domestic violence shelters have COVID-19 plans

Domestic abuse shelters around the state haven’t seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking shelter, but expect they will as people in already abusive relationships are isolated in their homes longer.

Los Angeles has the lowest pollution in the world

The most likely explanation is with so many people sheltering in place, fewer cars are on the road.

31 nursing homes in 17 counties have reported coronavirus cases

These reports involve residents, staff members or both at nursing homes in rural and urban locations. These nursing homes are following the reporting guidelines and implementing isolation procedures.

Fuel for the soul messages

The Fuel for the Soul messages can be religious or spiritual in nature. The messages are from pastors and community leaders all over the state.

Montgomery postal worker dies after COVID-19 illness

A Montgomery postal service worker has died from COVID-19, United States Postal Service officials confirmed Monday.

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.