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  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic is facing a potential tax bill of over $16,000.

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  Alabama health leaders still concerned about COVID vaccine hesitancy

  ADPH: Current hospitalizations lowest since April 2020 as COVID-19 vaccination distribution expands

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

  White House partners with Alabama to establish new community vaccination center in Bessemer

  Health officials worry about large crowds at events this weekend

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

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  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

New COVID vaccination site at Birmingham Crossplex

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  College leaders weigh COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Local college leaders are deciding if students must get the COVID vaccine to return to campus in the fall, when many colleges expect to begin full in-person learning again.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

  Update on Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in Alabama

Doctors are urging people to stay on top of any adverse symptoms if they took the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over the last two weeks or so, but they say it's very rare.

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

  CDC COVID-19 vaccination program at state veterans home in Pell City

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

  Hoover woman who got J&J vaccine supports shots

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

  State Health Officer: Ala. will temporarily pause J&J vaccine shots

It is important to know that the adverse effects potentially stemming from the Johnson & Johnson shot have been extremely rare in the country, but out of an abundance of caution, Alabama is temporarily pausing these shots until we know more.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

The Latest: WH: J&J pause won’t have ‘significant impact’

Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, says there’s coordination with state and federal partners to get anyone scheduled for a J&J vaccine quickly rescheduled for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

  COVID vaccine supply may soon outpace demand

More Alabamians are getting one of the COVID vaccinations. Supply is increasing, but state health leaders are worried that the demand for vaccine may slow down.

  Volunteers working to get more information about COVID-19 vaccine to folks

Volunteers hit the streets Monday trying to provide information to people in west Birmingham about COVID vaccines.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

Door to door campaign on vaccine safety

The canvassers will knock on 3,000 doors around the Smithfield area in hopes to see an increase in vaccinations.

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

UAB nurse uses photography to tell story of COVID-19 frontlines

One UAB nurse, planted on the frontline of the fight against the virus, used her camera to provide a intimate look at the health crises that strained the country.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  More women getting COVID-19 vaccine in B’ham metro

It appears more women are getting a COVID-19 vaccine locally at vaccine sites around the Birmingham metro. Doctors have not pinpointed why this is happening. They say it could be for a number of reasons.

  JeffCo Dept. of Health: Vaccine open to everyone

Targeting the most vulnerable with the vaccine has been a top priority for state and local health leaders. So, what’s next?

  Alarming amount of patients developing diabetes after COVID-19

Medical professionals are still learning the full extent of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

  CDC awards $44 million to expand Alabama’s COVID-19 vaccine programs

"This investment will support state and local health departments and community-based organizations as they work on the frontlines to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake.”

  DCH Regional Medical Center still requires mask wearing after state requirement ends

Fewer than five patents are hospitalized with coronavirus right now, and a spokesperson says they want numbers lower than even that.

Tuscaloosa County Schools encourages, but won’t require, mask wearing

Students or staff will be allowed to wear masks on Tuscaloosa county school property if they choose.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Face mask mandate ends for Alabama; JeffCo health officer says he won’t extend county-wide

"If people in their ordinary lives don’t understand that they have to continue to be careful, it doesn’t matter what orders we have in place."

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  Local expert weighs in on why more young people are catching COVID-19

Local health officials say people in their teens and early 20's are catching COVID-19 more than other age group right now.

  Tuscaloosa businesses decide whether or not mask wearing is required on the property

The decision whether people will be required to wear masks in Tuscaloosa will be up to each individual business.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  School leaders nail down mask plans post-mandate

Students will continue to wear masks a little longer at several school districts across the Jefferson County area.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  CDC says you can ease up on disinfectants

Instead of scrubbing everything down with disinfectant, you can use plain old soap and water.

  UAB updates COVID vaccination progress, brief Hoover Met site shutdown in May

A top doctor at UAB announced Wednesday the school will shut down a major vaccination site for a couple of weeks in Jefferson County at the Hoover Met.

  City Tuscaloosa will not extend mask ordinance after Friday

Mayor Walt Maddox said the city of Tuscaloosa will follow the state’s lead, with no plans to extend a face covering mandate locally.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

Changes coming to Hoover Met COVID vaccine scheduling due to SEC tourney

Vaccinations will be put on hold at the Hoover Met from May 19-June 1 to allow for tournament preparations and to rebuild the site prior to opening again on June 2.

  Gov. Ivey: Safer Apart to expire, masks strongly encouraged

The amendment also states the Safer Apart mandate about staying six feet from people outside your household will end Wednesday, May 5, at 5:00 p.m.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  More younger people are being hospitalized with COVID-19

Younger people are now ending up in hospitals around the state and country. It’s a big shift from before.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

Birmingham City Schools to require masks after state mandate expires

With about nine weeks remaining in the academic year, Dr. Sullivan said, “keeping the mask requirement in place will help us finish strong in Birmingham City Schools.”

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  Birmingham mask mandate extended until May 24

The city instituted the mask-mandate on May 1st last year, and with a 'yes' vote Tuesday, the mask mandate now goes through May 24, 2021.

Rep. Terri Sewell announces COVID-19 relief funding for Jefferson County

The American Rescue Plan will provide over $1.8 billion in local fiscal relief to cities and counties across Alabama.

Harris: About 70% of Ala. needs COVID-19 vaccine to reach herd immunity

State Health Officer Scott Harris said about 70% of Alabamians need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.