Alabama coronavirus

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Louisiana has emerged as a hot spot for the spread of coronavirus, with nearly 2,305 cases of COVID-19 and 83 reported deaths.

"Our rate of growth is faster than any state in the country," Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a televised address this week.

He warns the crisis has overwhelmed Louisiana's ability to combat the spread of the disease, and care for the sick. And in contrast to neighboring states, Louisiana is imposing tight restrictions on movement and economic activity.

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The Alabama Department of Public Health and Governor Kay Ivey have confirmed Alabama's first COVID-19 related death. 

"We express our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as to the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak," State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. "The health of our residents and the community is our greatest priority, and we will continue working together to care for the patients, protect the safety of health care workers, and protect the people in our state."

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Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox announced Wednesday that the city will be under a curfew beginning Friday and lasting through April 3.

 

The curfew will last from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and there will be exemptions for those traveling to and from work or other essential tasks.

 

“Within a one-hour drive of city hall, one-third of the state’s coronavirus cases can be found in Jefferson County,” Maddox said. “Within Lee County, which closely mirrors Tuscaloosa County, we see some of the fastest-growing rates of COVID-19 cases in our state.”

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many in Alabama are worried about the economic impact. Those who work in the food or entertainment industries could feel the biggest pinch.

 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Alabama. In response, businesses are being ordered to shut their doors, people are being told to stay home and restaurants are only offering deliver or curbside service.

 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)-- Thousands of Alabamians are filing for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic causes workplaces to temporarily close or reduce operations.

The Alabama Department of Labor said nearly 17,000 people filed unemployment claims over two days. Most of the claims were listed as related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Most were from the hospitality industry.

Alabama and other states have mandated closures to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus and avoid overwhelming hospitals.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Alabama has grows to close to 200 as testing becomes more widespread across the state, but in some places, medical supplies are running low. 

The University of Alabama in Birmingham is dealing with supply issues related to its new appointment based COVD-19 testing service. The system opened March 23. UAB’s’ Dr. Laura Kowalcyzk says concerns over the supplies of protective gear and testing swabs prompted an outpouring of support from the public.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Alabama jumped to nearly 200 as health officials urged people to maintain social distancing and the governor extended the deadline for filing state income taxes until mid-summer. 

Alabama on Monday had at least 197 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 86 were in Jefferson County.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said getting supplies for testing is a continuing concern. 

Baldwin County braces for "spring break now, Coronavirus later"

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EDITOR'S NOTE-- Governor Kay Ivey is ordering all Alabama beaches closed at 5 pm. today. This follows action by The City of Gulf Shores to close its beaches at 7 am tomorrow (Friday) until April 6th. Pat D

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