Coronavirus

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

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

  Here’s how to make safe disinfectant wipes at home

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

  Mayor Woodfin speaks on COVID-19 update in Birmingham

  Alabama “not in good position to reopen schools” says creator of COVID-19 risk assessment tool

  UAB doctor says data about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women is limited

  ‘Let’s Keep West Alabama Working’ campaign underway

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  Councilors consider allowing Tuscaloosa mayor to use emergency powers due to COVID-19

New housing, food services option for Birmingham area first responders who need to quarantine

  ADPH: More than 1,600 people have died from COVID-19 as over 90K test positive and 35K recover

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Shelby County Schools to start with staggered schedule

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

Retailers believe the coronavirus pandemic could bring increased back-to-school business.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

  Jefferson County Schools will start with remote learning

Gonsoulin said 80 percent of parents returned a survey about virtual or in person learning and about half of those supported remote learning.

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

  Hoover City Schools to start with staggered scheduling based on last names

  AL community colleges plan for start of school, will COVID-19 tests be required?

Most community colleges have hosted live Q&A’s to prepare students and staff for the COVID-19 protocols they plan to implement for traditional on-campus learning.

  ACT test registration now open, what you need to know

The state board of education announces registration to take the ACT is back open after a brief hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

  What constitutes a recovery from COVID-19 in Alabama?

We are expected to reach 90,000 cases of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama this week.

  Health leaders seeing positive signs regarding COVID-19 cases

Some of the confirmed positive numbers are slowing down, but hospitalizations continue to be a concern.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Calhoun County reaches 1,500 COVID-19 cases, and some 20 possible related deaths

Doctors urged people to take extra care, where a mask, practice social distancing.

Homewood COVID-19 drive-through testing site is open

This site is for Homewood residents and will run Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  Tuscaloosa fitness center owner says everyone has a hand in cleaning

Phillip Kinard, the owner, said the staff has emphasized keeping things clean and so have customers.

Additional testing sites for Alabama college students set up; rapid testing could be expanded to all Alabamians

The 13 sites will test the more than 200,000 Alabama college students before they return to campus as part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama System and Alabama Department of Public Health joint effort to reopen campuses safely.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

LJCC creates program to care for kids, help working parents during pandemic

Right now, you can register for the center's Club J All Day, which lasts just as long as the typical school day.

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

  Students at the University of Alabama face new requirements due to coronavirus

The University of Alabama told students they have to take a new medical test before returning to campus for fall classes.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

Nearly 300 employees in the district have tested positive or have been in contact with someone infected, school officials said.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

She died, then one hour later, her husband also died

It seems logical that Mr. Rogers contracted coronavirus during a breakout at Jackson Correctional Institution, then transmitted the disease to his wife.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

Etowah County students start school August 17

There are two plans parents and students can participate in. One is a traditional school setting and the second is virtual academy.

“Our entire family has COVID”: Molly Grantham shares ‘surreal’ diagnosis while raising newborn

To be clear, I didn’t want to tell you guys until we were out of the woods. I didn’t want to cause unnecessary alarm.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

  Concerns over hospital capacity mount as schools prepare to reopen

As record numbers of coronavirus patients are being admitted to local hospitals, schools are preparing to reopen and experts are worried about the consequences.

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

Former Alabama AD Bill Battle in hospital with coronavirus

Battle is 78 years old, he played on Bear Bryant’s first national championship team back in 1961.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

  Chilton Co. man with COVID-19 flown out-of-state in search of ICU bed according to family

Early warned others to take the virus seriously so they do not have to go through what her family is going through.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

Will the ‘Town Too Tough to Die’ survive the coronavirus pandemic?

"Everybody was concerned as to whether or not they would be able to survive this and we're still not out of it."

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

  19% of COVID-19 tests in Alabama are positive

In Alabama, 687,000 people have been tested according to state health data, and of those folks, 19% were found to have COVID-19.

  Birmingham mom couldn’t hold newborn for a month after COVID-19 diagnosis

Sasha Jackson says it was a nightmare, to be seperated from her tiny newborn for such a long time.

  Doctors remind parents to get children vaccinated before the upcoming school year

Doctors are reminding parents to make sure your child gets their vaccines this year and warn it may be even more important as we continue dealing with COVID.

UAB Police Sgt. Parnell Guyton dies following months long battle against COVID-19

After a months-long fight against COVID-19, UAB Police Sergeant Parnell Guyton has died.

  New research shows spring school closures may have saved lives

New research suggests that school closures in the Spring may have led to fewer COVID cases and saved thousands of lives.

Test surge overwhelms Alabama’s ability to give quick COVID-19 results

The Alabama Department of Public Health warned Friday that a surge of COVID-19 tests has “overwhelmed” its ability to give results in two or three days.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Tips for getting your kids to wear masks

Getting your child to wear a mask may be easier said than done.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

$50M grant program to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations during pandemic

The Alabama Nonprofit Grant Program and the Alabama Faith-Based Grant Program will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

UAB Sgt. Parnell Guyton back in the hospital

His wife shared on her Facebook page that Sgt. Guyton is in ICU at UAB Hospital.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  Deep cleaning services see spike in business as more people head back into the office

Oncort Professional Services said they are busier than ever cleaning offices across the state.

  5,200 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19

5,200 healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 in Alabama alone, thousands more nationally.

Coronavirus claims life of Troy Univ.‘s first Black drum major

Members of Troy University are mourning the death of a man who made history for the school’s marching band.

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states