Coronavirus

  Trump WHO funding cut prompts criticism as coronavirus spreads

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  How accurate are those COVID-19 antibody tests?

  When should you get tested for coronavirus antibodies?

  Cahaba Medical Center hosts COVID-19 testing event, but has low turnout

  University of Alabama funds kick start research projects into COVID-19

  ADPH: 605 Alabamians have died from COVID-19 as more than 16K test positive

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

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  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

Gadsden to soon start Summer Food Program

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

  Bham salon reopens, prepared to reconsider if COVID-19 cases worsen

  More companies could soon start rethinking workspace because of COVID-19

  Birmingham nurse recounts sneaky battle with COVID-19

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

  Nearly 28,000 Alabamians added their names to first-time jobless benefits list last week

  Alabamians are recovering from COVID-19, one man shares his story

Some good news about the COVID-19 pandemic this afternoon.9,355 people in Alabama have recovered from covid-19, 1,404 since last Thursday.

  Health experts say a second wave of coronavirus is probable later this year

The head of the Alabama Hospital Association Dr. Don Williamson believes there is no way to get around a second wave of the coronavirus as the state opens up more.

  Birmingham City Council votes to extend face covering ordinance

The city council believes with increasing numbers of positive cases the ordinance needs to be extended for a while longer.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

ADOC: 2 inmates, 4 more employees test positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Corrections says two more inmates and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  B’ham-based company creating app with ADPH, UAB to slow spread of COVID-19

We're getting an update on just how soon you could possibly download the app that could help ADPH slow the spread of COVID-19.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

  New Projections Show Alabama Improving with Coronavirus

A study shows show Alabamians are doing the right things to keep coronavirus numbers under control.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

  Swab shortage not a problem in Alabama yet

A critical part of the testing for COVID-19 relies on the use of nasal swabs. Unfortunately, there are reports of a national shortage of the swabs.

  UAB Doctor: ‘We need to take personal responsibility to care of others’

UAB infectious diseases physician Rachael Lee, M.D., said Wednesday we need to be prepared to see another wave of COVID-19 infections in the fall.

  Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox concerned by jump in COVID-19 cases

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is not ready to shut the city down again over the latest number of positive coronavirus cases in Tuscaloosa County.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

Owner of Lake of the Ozarks pool bar releases statement after videos of crowded party spread on social media

In a post on Backwater Jacks' Facebook Page, Gary Prewitt, the owner of the business said the bar didn't break any laws.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

UAB to roll out new mobile COVID-19 testing in Birmingham communities

Doctors say the goal is to expand testing and get to folks who don't have access to the non-mobile site.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  10,000 boxes of free fruits and vegetables given away Wednesday at Legion Field

Each vehicle will receive a minimum of three boxes of food.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  Why is the Alabama COVID-19 recovery rate only an estimate?

The health department uses certain parameters to determine if a person has recovered.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

  Health experts say it’s too soon to stop wearing face coverings

A representative from MainStreet Family Urgent Care said it’s still important to wear some sort of face covering to protect yourself and others during this pandemic.

  600+ cases of COVID-19 reported on Memorial Day

Dr. Willeford said while he is “concerned” over the increase in cases, he said more data needs to be considered to determine the current state of COVID-19 in Alabama.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  Sec. Merrill encouraging people concerned about COVID-19 to vote absentee

While Alabama does not permit mail-in voting, it does have absentee voting and Secretary of State John Merrill said anyone with concerns over COVID-19 should request an absentee ballot.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

Life after lockdown: World watches as New Zealand slowly emerges from isolation

New Zealand’s quick and intense response led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern included four levels of restrictions; four weeks of Level 4, an almost total shut down where only essential travel and business was allowed, followed by seven weeks of Level 3.

Alabama state health officer concerned about ongoing community transmission of COVID-19

Alabama recently saw a spike of more than 600 cases in 24 hours.

UAB thanks area restaurants and supporters of Meals for Heroes program

A campaign to feed frontline health care workers caring for coronavirus patients raised more than $76,000 and served more than 16,000 meals in just less than five weeks.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

Birmingham Police hosting another food giveaway

Officers say they had a great turnout for the giveaway at Legion Field earlier in May.

  UPDATE: Birmingham mayor will allow face covering ordinance to expire

City leaders say more people are wearing face masks or coverings all around Birmingham, but not everyone is wearing them.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

  UAB’s campus re-entry plan starts May 26

Phase I, which is set for May 26 through June 15, includes the gradual re-entry of some individuals with clinical or research responsibilities.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

Number of COVID-19 patients at DCH nearly doubles in 5 days

Concerns in Tuscaloosa County over rising COVID-19 numbers continue as DCH Regional is experiencing a heavy increase in patients who are being treated for the virus.