Coronavirus

  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

  CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

  UAB hits record number of COVID-19 patients, more expected

Gov. Ivey urges in-person learning at Alabama schools in 2021

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

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  Is it safe to visit Santa during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

  ADPH: More than 3,600 people have died from COVID-19 in Alabama, with more than 252K positive cases, more than 161K recoveries

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

  Doctors worried about healthcare system strain as hospitalizations surge

Sunday, almost 250 people were sick enough to be admitted into Alabama hospitals. UAB alone had 125 hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients today, an all-time high.

  Demand for testing after Thanksgiving could put strain on state’s supply

We’re On Your Side with the best time to get tested for COVID-19 if you think you may have been exposed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  Alabama almost ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Tuesday to discuss the vaccine priority list again.

  Officials worried about potential spike in COVID cases after Thanksgiving

Public health leaders are worried about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

  Birmingham City Schools will return to remote learning Dec. 7 due to COVID-19

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

ABC permits suspended at Charlotte strip club after alleged COVID safety violations

The permits for Club Onyx were suspended Friday after multiple alleged violations of Gov. Cooper’s executive orders relating to social distancing and face coverings.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

COVID-19 vaccine is coming soon, but could you be last on the list to receive one?

The vaccines are coming soon, but when you can get one depends on who needs immunization against the virus the most.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

5000 Alabama students haven’t shown up for any sort of class

The enrollment drop could mean the loss of hundreds of teachers. That’s because the state funding formula is based on enrollment.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Schools prepare for post-Thanksgiving COVID spike

School leaders and nurses are monitoring for rises in COVID-19 case reports after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

Online portal opens to track pandemic relief money for schools

The Department of Education recently released a new online portal that allows you to track how much of the money awarded to the state for COVID education relief has been spent.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

COVID-19 survivor grateful to be alive this Thanksgiving

It’s been a difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but one area family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Health experts warn about possible COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Public health officials and drug makers are warning people that the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna may have some rough side effects.

NOW HIRING: Jefferson County Department of Health

The agency is looking for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Medical Assistants and Paramedics who are interested in working on a temporary basis.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

How grocers are fighting toilet paper hoarding 2.0

Kroger put up new signs limiting sales, just as they did this past spring. The company is placing the new limits across all its locations.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC considers shortening COVID exposure quarantine time

Health leaders remind you there has not been any change just yet.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

COVID-19 vaccine tested at UAB could start clinical trial in December

The UAB preclinical study for Altimmune showed that AdCOVID stimulated a broad immune response, including both systemic immunity as well as local immunity.

  COVID hospitalizations could hit 2,000 by mid-January

The jump in hospitalizations with COVID cases is causing medical leaders to fear health care services in Alabama could be at risk.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

Employers not required to give doctors, nurses COVID-19 sick pay

A nurse at the assisted living facility, HarborChase of Huntsville, is not receiving COVID-19 pay after testing positive. But they are not required to pay it.

  What does the future hold for COVID-19 testing at Legion Field?

It’s been up and running for six months, but the COVID-19 testing site at Legion Field could be shut down next month because money for it is running out, according to Jefferson County Health Department officials.

  Rate of infected healthcare workers doubled since August

The number of healthcare professionals diagnosed with COVID-19 has more than doubled since August, and it’s still climbing.

  UAB doctors fight fatigue, frustration during COVID-19 pandemic

Medical professionals have been through the ringer over the past 8 months and increased numbers of COVID patients is straining staff.

NKY family of 11 sues Gov. Beshear over new orders on indoor gatherings

The couple claims Beshear’s orders have “criminalized their daily family dinner.”

Most Louisiana bars to be forced to close

Many bars across Louisiana will be forced to close effective tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25 until after Christmas.

Marsh stepping down from pro tem role; new leaders look at COVID-19 recovery in 2021

Marsh told Alabama Daily News he’s working on two major pieces of legislation related to broadband expansion and education reform.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Vestavia Hills research clinic helping with COVID-19 vaccines

They have tested drugs for lupus and diabetes in the past, but these latest tests are considered the most important they have done over the decades.

Anniston RMC Health System ER visitation guidelines updated

Regional Medical Center (RMC) and Stringfellow Memorial Hospital (SMH) have updated hospital guidelines for emergency room visitors.

UAB vs. Southern Miss game cancelled because of COVID-19

UAB’s football program is looking to reschedule a game on December 5 because that date was open.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

  COVID-19 Reality: A skeptic’s story

In his painfully honest video, this 49-year-old factory worker shares his raw testimony to what COVID-19 can do.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Children’s of AL explains new ways to gift patients during COVID-19

Children’s of Alabama has new gift-giving suggestions because of COVID-19 precautions. Staff will not be able to accept in-person gift donations this year at the hospital.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  COVID virus mutation explained and how it affects the vaccine

Without getting very technical, the COVID-19 vaccine is very specific, targeted at what makes the virus tick. We know that at this stage in their research, three companies have promising vaccine results.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  ADPH works on education plan for COVID-19 vaccine

Drug makers are getting closer to releasing COVID-19 vaccines…but many Americans said they’re not yet committed to getting one. That’s why the Alabama Department of Public Health is working to educate the public.

Poll: Alabamians approve of virus response; want legislative action, access

The poll, conducted by survey research firm Cygnal for Alabama Daily News, shows most Alabama voters approve of the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and generally believe that things are headed in the right direction.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

Gov. Ivey allocates $3.6 million from CARES Act for food banks

Governor Kay Ivey has allocated $3,606,104 for the Alabama Feeding Initiative, which reimburses food banks for COVID-related expenses.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  ‘We are not going to get a do-over on this’: Alabama’s Health Officer on COVID-19 and Thanksgiving

Harris said please think about your behavior during the holiday weekend and make sure you maintain those safety precautions including social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.