Alabama coronavirus


An APR News Feature

More Alabama cities are requiring residents to wear face masks as a result of COVID-19. Selma joined Montgomery and Birmingham with a mask order last Friday. Other municipalities like Tuscaloosa, Decatur, and Mobile are thinking about it. The Tuscaloosa City Council will take public comment later today on a mask requirement. This meeting takes place after 36 people died of COVID-19 in Tuscaloosa County.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More Alabama cities are implementing or considering a requirement to wear face masks in public places against the coronavirus.  

Huntsville Space Camp


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Space Camp is resuming at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville after shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Officials say a scaled-back version of the popular program will resume Sunday as students arrive for a week of hands-on lessons and activities related to space travel.

Kay Ivey
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s “safer at home” order is set to expire Friday and Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet decided whether to renew it. 



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court said Alabama can't prohibit local officials from offering curbside voting in the July runoff election and also loosened absentee ballot requirements in three large counties.  

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from Alabama stay the preliminary injunction issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon.  


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state school superintendent says all Alabama schools will reopen for traditional classes this fall. But they’ll also offer options for virtual learning for parents who aren’t comfortable sending their children back because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Superintendent Eric Mackey announced plans for restarting the educational system during a news conference Friday. But he says the road map was subject to change based on the spread of the virus.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama this week hit the highest number of new coronavirus confirmed cases in a single day as officials continued to urge people to not abandon precautions.  

The Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday reported more than 1,100 new cases in one day, the highest number since the outbreak began. The state has reported nearly 33,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 880 deaths from the virus.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new report shows thousands of people are still filing new unemployment claims related to the coronavirus outbreak each week in Alabama. 

Statistics released by the Alabama Department of Labor on Thursday show that 18,671 new applications for jobless benefits were filed last week. Of those, 11,311 were related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Coronavirus numbers continue to rise in Alabama. The pandemic has led to changes and new safety measures across the state as Alabamians work to keep exposure low. Now, two separate lawsuits are seeking to ease the state’s rules on absentee and in-person voting during the deadly pandemic. Some precautions are already being taken, but advocacy groups say the restrictions force voters to choose between their health and their democratic right to vote.

Seth Levi is a chief strategy officer for the Southern Poverty Law Center.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has reported its second-highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day as medical officials continued to express concern about a rise in the number of people with the respiratory illness. 

As of Wednesday, the state had reported more than 31,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 879 deaths from the virus. More than a fourth of the cases came in the last two weeks. The state on Tuesday added 954 cases, the second-highest number since the outbreak began.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama continues to fight through the coronavirus pandemic, the state is now dealing with workers who are refusing to return to their jobs. reports employers have reported 3,336 people to the state for refusing to return to work since January. The news site says about a third of those workers were taken off the unemployment rolls and the rest have lost benefits while they are under review.


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The University of Alabama system is taking the latest steps this week toward a planned return of students in the fall. A resolution from the board of trustees says at least some students can return to the Tuscaloosa campus starting this week. The university system plans to respond to COVID-19 heading into the fall semester, but some issues may go beyond the classroom.

“We are excited that we’re able to release our campus plan for return to operations for the fall semester,” University of Alabama President Stuart Bell said.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday reached more than 30,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, a milestone that came as health officials expressed concern about a recent surge in cases.  

As of Monday, Alabama had 30,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, with more than a quarter of the cases reported in the last two weeks. More than 830 people in the state have died.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State representatives and civil rights groups in Alabama have called on the state’s governor to expand voting options ahead of November’s general elections because of the health risk to voters. 



Governor Kay Ivey has begun reviewing plans for two new Alabama prisons. This effort is going on while more than 100 prison employees and dozens of inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says Alabama cannot prohibit local officials from offering curbside voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and loosened restrictions on absentee ballots in three Alabama counties because of the health risk to voters. 


ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — A fourth inmate in Alabama had died after testing positive for COVID-19 as the number of virus cases in the state systems continues to rise. 

The state Department of Corrections says 80-year-old Robert Stewart died Sunday. He started showing symptoms of the virus last week and was later taken to a hospital where he died.

An inmate from a different state prison died Friday after testing positive for the virus.

Kay Ivey
Associated Press


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama experiences a surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Kay Ivey is emphasizing the role of personal responsibility to curb the spread of the virus. 

As of Monday, more than 25,000 people statewide had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. More than a fourth of the cases have come in the past two weeks, according to numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health.  

St. Clair Prison
Equal Justice Initiative


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system says that a third inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 as the number of cases among inmates and staff continued to rise.  

Clarence Shepherd, an 80-year-old inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility died Friday after testing positive for coronavirus. The prison system said a total of 119 staff and contract workers and 28 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Twenty-nine of those staff members have ruturned to work.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are issuing renewed warnings after a surge of coronavirus cases.  

The Alabama Department of Public Health urged people to take precautions such as wearing masks in public.

Slow times for Mobile area musicians due to COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020
APR's Lynn Oldshue

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Mobile has been Alabama’s top hotspot for COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen last month under restrictions, like social distancing and regular cleanings. Music venues and nightclubs weren’t so lucky. These venues were told they had to wait because social distancing would be impossible. The restrictions have loosened, and nightclubs are slowly reopening within the guidelines.

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SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Residents of America's Black Belt are depending on each other to weather the coronavirus pandemic, which is complicating an already-tough life in the impoverished region. 

In Alabama, a community foundation is giving away 100,000 face masks while coordinating food giveaways.

A small church is providing donated milk to anyone who needs it. And volunteers loaded vehicles with food in the historic civil rights town of Selma.

In the trenches: Mobile area paramedics cope with COVID-19 outbreak

Jun 9, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

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Mobile County was the first Alabama county to top 2,000 COVID-19 cases. As efforts to deal with the virus continue, first responders and medical personnel face risks they would not have imagined a few months ago. A report from Kaiser Health said close to 600 front line health care workers may have died from exposure to the virus. That includes paramedics who respond to emergency calls involving the coronavirus.

Wind Creek Casino Hotel


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is planning to reopen its electronic bingo casinos on Monday. 

Wind Creek Hospitality said that all three Alabama casinos will reopen with safety changes. The casinos had been closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health officials say they've resolved a lag in getting the latest COVID-19 case numbers reported on a state website. 

The Alabama Department of Health announced the issues with the vendor and surveillance system have been resolved. They cautioned that the latest case counts appear to display sizeable increases in all numbers after the backlog was cleared.

OWA theme park


FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — An amusement park on the Alabama coast is joining the state's push to reopen its economy amid the global pandemic. 

The Owa theme park says temperature checks on visitors and capacity limits will be used to help reduce the threat of the new coronavirus as it reopens this weekend in Foley. It also says hand sanitizing stations have been added around the property.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New unemployment claims have declined by nearly 25% in a week in Alabama as state businesses continue reopening during the pandemic. 

More than 550,000 people have filed for jobless benefits in the state since state-ordered shutdowns began in March to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.


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The number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama has jumped by thirty percent over the past two weeks. The State Department of Health puts out data on a county by county basis. This dashboard includes things like the number of deaths, the number of cases, and how many people have recovered. One area of interest is how the virus is spread from person to person. Apple and Google have announced a high tech way of doing that. Experts on that subject here in Alabama are saying watch what you wish for.

St. Clair Prison
Equal Justice Initiative


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system says a second inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19. 

William Hershell Moon, a 74-year-old inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility, died Wednesday at a hospital. The prison system this week reported additional cases among inmates and staff.