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  White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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

  US passes 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19

  Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

  Fauci says vaccine goal would cover 67 million

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

  Nurse battling COVID-19 may have contracted virus between vaccine doses

Jackson pastor dies from COVID-19 complications

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  Experts: Avoid over-the-counter painkillers before getting COVID-19 vaccine

  Homebound or non-driving people waiting on vaccine plan

  Researchers believe we’ve reached the peak of COVID cases...for now

  A recent COVID-19 infection could impact your availability to get the vaccine

  Veterans encouraged to enroll in VA health care as vaccine rollout continues

  Third generation nursing student vaccinates her mother

  Fayette County experiencing high COVID-19 activity

You can’t walk into the Fayette County courthouse these days without seeing signs asking you to wear a mask or getting your temperature checked after coming into the building.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine could provide needed boost to state’s allocation

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine could change that for the better, if all goes as planned.

Mayor Woodfin: $6.2 million in emergency rental assistance for Birmingham residents hurt by COVID-19

Woodfin said the city was notified it will receive $6,272,092 from the federal government through the Emergency Rental Assistance program to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UA System releases first COVID-19 data for 2021

The University of Alabama had 205 positive student cases from January 13-21. UAB had 94 student cases and UAH had 47.

  ADPH addresses COVID-19 vaccine frustrations and delays

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

  ADPH: More than 436K COVID-19 cases, more than 6,400 deaths in Alabama as more than 233K people have recovered

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

  Hospitals seeing shortages of gloves

  Next six weeks critical in fight against COVID-19 says head of AL Hospital Assoc.

As the COVID-19 numbers slowly start to improve, experts say these next few weeks could be crucial to whether our state keeps improving or starts sliding again.

  Free COVID-19 tests harder to come by in Alabama

If you’re looking to get a free test at your local health department, you may have to wait a while.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

  West Virginia leads nation in COVID-19 vaccine rollout, can Alabama ever catch up?

We know the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Alabama is slow. State heath leaders say they are working to speed things up. One state that's setting the pace for vaccine rollout is West Virginia.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

Vaccination questions answered by UAB medical professionals

As hundreds of thousands of people across Alabama begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine, many people still have questions about the vaccines and the vaccination process.

Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

Doctors have diagnosed Rory Miller with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which they believe was triggered by COVID and has left him paralyzed.

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

The 27 leaders were looking at further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns.

  Free resource for anyone struggling financially or mentally due to the pandemic

The program is completely confidential and no records are kept on the person who calls.

  Birmingham City Schools will continue remote learning throughout February

Sullivan said they will reassess the impact of the virus in mid-February and make an announcement regarding the steps they will take in March.

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

  Gov. Ivey extends Safer At Home order until March

Governor Kay Ivey has extended the Safer at Home order including the mask ordinance until March 5 at 5 p.m.

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

  ADPH sending COVID-19 specimen to CDC for mutant strain sequencing

A new and more contagious strain of COVID-19 is already in nearby states and health officials said it’s only a matter of time before it is diagnosed in Alabama.

  Finding a free COVID test difficult in Cullman area

COVID-19 tests are not always free, and in some areas it can be extremely hard to find a free test.

  Doctor shares second vaccine dose experience

Those who might be getting the second dose of the vaccine could see more of a reaction than they experienced with the first.

  How will President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine plan impact Alabama?

President Joe Biden has released a COVID-19 vaccine plan intended to speed up distribution. So, how will that impact vaccinations here in Alabama?

  Treating COVID symptoms at home

Getting a positive COVID-19 test can be a scary moment, and with emergency rooms packed and COVID units at some area hospitals at capacity, many are treating symptoms at home.

  DCH sets record high number of coronavirus patients Tuesday

After Tuesday’s all-time high of 199 COVID positive patients spread out across several facilities, the DCH system is beginning to see a decrease.

  Tuscaloosa mayor highlights some positive COVID-19 trends in the city

More police and firefighters in Tuscaloosa are back on the job after missing time due to COVID-19.

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

In response to concerns that some providers are failing to administer their allotments of vaccine on a timely basis, ADPH will begin removing vaccine supplies from providers who are not administering vaccine in a timely way.

  It’s been one year since first COVID-19 case in the U.S.

One year ago on January 20, 2020, the very first case of COVID-19 was discovered in the United States in Washington.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  Small business owners wait for PPP loan update

Many small businesses are applying for the next round of financial help from the government to stay afloat, and waiting to find out if they have to pay back the previous COVID-19 relief loan.

Birmingham Park Board approves plans to use Legion Field as COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Birmingham City Council President William Parker said the goal is to have the Legion Field site open 24/7 for vaccine distribution, as the Biden Administration begins their efforts to distribute 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days he is in office.

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

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

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

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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

Senators Jim McClendon, Greg Albritton, Tom Whatley and Randy Price released the letter.

  UAB updates vaccine demand and use in Jefferson County

The Alabama Department of Public Health’s dashboard for vaccines shows more shots in arms.

  UAB looking to start mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in Jefferson County

Jefferson County could see the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site later this week.

  UA mistakenly sends 7,500 COVID-negative email notifications

The technical problem was quickly identified and corrected.

Hueytown HS office coordinator dies from COVID-19

Wanda Hartley passed away Monday at the age of 74.

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

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  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

Family members confirm that a man who spent 99 days in a Shreveport intensive care unit battling COVID-19 has died.

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

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

Decatur boy back home; beats COVID related illness

After ten days in the hospitalt, we're pleased to announce, Xyden has checked out.

  Why having a primary care physician could save your life if you get COVID-19

Doctors are urging the community to start a relationship with a primary care physician as soon as possible, as it’s a recommendation that could save your life if you’re infected with COVID-19.

  Folks 75 and up now able to receive COVID vaccine in Jefferson County

Folks 75 years old and older got their first chance Monday to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Jefferson County.

  University of Alabama offering COVID-19 leave to employees in 2021

The University of Alabama will offer employees more help after a federal benefit that expired at the start of the new year was not renewed.

  Residents at Tuscaloosa assisted living center vaccinated for COVID-19

Pharmacists from CVS held a coronavirus vaccination clinic at the assisted living facility Monday, January 18.

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  UAB researchers say metformin reduces risk of death for COVID patients with diabetes

We know people with diabetes are more likely to have severe complications from COVID-19.

  State health leaders worry for hospitals if new COVID-19 variant becomes dominant in March

The CDC is now warning that a new highly contagious strain of COVID-19 is expected to be the dominant strain across the country in the next two months.

  State health leaders say patient transfers are becoming increasingly difficult

Some Alabama patients have been transferred as far as Kentucky.

  Alabama reaches another grim milestone: more than 6,000 COVID-related deaths

6,030 families have lost loved ones in less than one year here in Alabama, and to put that into perspective, one doctor said that’s almost as many people who died in WWII.