Coronavirus

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

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  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

  Alabama health leaders believe Alabama could see new surge in COVID-19 cases

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Virus cases among lawmakers stir State House concerns

  COVID cases force a Blount Co. school to close until Nov. 3

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  State nuring home leaders react to AARP COVID dashboard

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

  JCDH: COVID-19 testing fatigue could be impacting turnout at Legion Field

  White House Coronavirus Task Force Weekly Report-Alabama

  UAB to open chronic COVID-19 clinic

  Researchers say your chances of surviving COVID-19 are better now than when the pandemic started

  School COVID Dashboard set to roll out next week

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says the COVID school Dashboard will be released at the end of next week.

Alabama Lt. Gov Will Ainsworth tests positive for COVID-19

Ainsworth’s office said he tested positive “despite taking every effort to maintain and follow CDC safety protocols.”

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

UAB treating an increased number of COVID-19 patients

It’s far less than the summer peak of 123 patients, but it’s an increase from the recent weekly averages of 55 or 60 patients.

Gardendale vs Mortimer Jordan game cancelled due to COVID-19

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

Florida Gators football hopes to return to practice Monday after COVID-19 outbreak

  ‘This is nothing to play with’: Alabama great Trent Richardson said he and family had COVID-19

Richardson said he got COVID-19 along with his 6-year-old son and other family members. He said his son had headaches. Richardson lost his sense of taste, smell, voice, fever and headaches..

  Birmingham City Schools moving to blended schedule starting in November

The blended model will include an “A” group reporting on Monday and Tuesdays. The “B” group will report on Thursday and Fridays. The other 3 days will be virtual.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Education leaders express concern about winter sports, athletic officials update guidance

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says education leaders have concerns about the upcoming winter sports season and bringing crowds indoors.

  Programs offering after school care during pandemic

Programs across the Metro Birmingham area said families were frantically trying to make accommodations as more school districts transitioned to traditional in-person instruction.

  Will the COVID-19 pandemic impact seasonal jobs during the holidays?

For those concerned about finding seasonal jobs this holiday, according to Help Wanted Online Data retail salespersons were among the most sought-after employees in August and experts expect the demand to grow.

ADPH: Find safer alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating this Halloween

Doctors with the ADPH DO say children can enjoy limited trick-or-treating provided parents assess the risks of each activity, take precautions and carefully supervise.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

UAB Study: COVID-19 rate less than 1% for dentists

The new study found dentists' prevention measures and personal protective equipment — as well as the enhanced safety measures — may have minimized the COVID risk for dentists, dental staff and patients.

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  Handwashing to prevent COVID-19: Does the temperature of the water matter?

Some local parents were concerned that some schools and businesses may only have cold water, and whether that’s enough to kill germs while washing your hands.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  Tuscaloosa firefighter returns home to recover from coronavirus

Doctors released him Sunday night. His welcome home was more than the Tuscaloosa firefighter expected.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

  Calhoun County listed as ‘high risk’ in COVID-19 numbers

Barton urges Calhoun County residents to continue taking preventive measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Alabama’s outdoor spaces become an oasis during COVID-19

Adam said the safe option of being outdoors in a pandemic like COVID-19 has prompted more people to get outside, which is great for both physical and mental health. He’s seen a lot more families doing outdoor things together, even on their walks in their Bluff Park neighborhood.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  ADPH: More than 2,800 people have died from COVID-19 as over 174K test positive and more than 74K 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.

  Inhaled COVID-19 treatment tested at UAB shows promise

The inhaled monoclonal antibody treatment has successfully eradicated SARS-CoV-2 virus from infected animals at a greater dose than other COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies reported to date.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

Nurse weighs in on Hoover City Schools’ return to 5-day in-person instruction

Hoover City Schools was one of the districts calling all students who opted-in to head back to the classroom starting October 19.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

  UAB reports 15 more positive COVID-19 cases this week

UAB is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in students, but the university said it is coming from students off-campus.

  Center Point mayor-elect working to help lower COVID numbers in 35215 zip code

The zip code encompasses Center Point as well as Clay, Chalkville and portions of Pinson and Birmingham.

  More than 12,000 experts condemn ‘herd immunity’ as solution to COVID-19

Everyone is understandably suffering from COVID fatigue, but experts say the way out of the pandemic is not through exposing more people to the virus.

  IHME projects grim future for Alabama

Based on IHME projections, Dr. Mokdad said 5,700 people in Alabama will die from COVID-19 by February 1st.

UA System: COVID-19 numbers increase at UAB, decrease at UA

The University of Alabama System reported the schools' COVID-19 numbers for this week.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

  Doctors caution about study dissecting relationship between blood type and COVID-19

New studies are examining the relationship between your blood type and your personal COVID risk. It shows that people with O blood type may have a lower risk of infection.

COVID-19 nasal spray vaccine candidate showing more promising signs

A COVID-19 nasal spray vaccine candidate is showing more promising signs after undergoing extensive preclinical testing at UAB.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

ADPH preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution; Harris stresses public trust

Harris said ensuring public confidence in a vaccine and making sure residents receive accurate information about it is the main concern for ADPH right now.

  How is Jefferson County doing in this pandemic?

Doctors in Jefferson County said they are encouraged by where we are now in the pandemic. Dr. Wesley Willeford said we’ve come a long way since July when we were setting record numbers of deaths and daily cases of COVID-19, but he also said there is room for improvement.

  New clinical trial for COVID-19 antibodies gets underway in Walker County

A new clinical trial that tests COVID-19 antibodies is underway in Walker county. The goal of this trial called “ACTIV-2” is to determine whether this antibody therapy can safely and effectively treat COVID-19.

  Small gatherings could be the cause of COVID spikes

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country. And the head of the CDC said some of this is due in part to small household gatherings.

  Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S.

  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

  US COVID cases surge to nearly 60K as pandemic wave builds

New cases rose in at least 35 states over the past week, while the nation averaged more than 50,000 new cases a day.

  Superintendent for Tuscaloosa City Schools tests positive for COVID-19

He is quarantining and working from home the next ten days.

  US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

  How is contact tracing going in Jefferson County?

A study from Test and Trace estimates that the pandemic would require 30 contact tracers per 100,000 people. Medical Director of Disease Control for JCDH, Dr. Wesley Willeford, said that number isn’t necessarily wrong, but it is a bit misguided.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

  Alabama head coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, still preparing team for Georgia game

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Athletic Director Greg Byrne both tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Harris: Alabama’s moving in the right direction but not out of the woods

Alabama has hit a plateau when it comes to COVID-19, state health officials say.