Alabama COVID-19

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is extending a public health order requiring face masks in public but lifting occupancy limits on many places as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the state. 

Gov. Kay Ivey and health officials announced the decision during a Capitol news conference on Thursday.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will announce the fate of a statewide mask mandate. Her office has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference at the Capitol.

The statewide mask order is set to expire Sunday. Ivey first announced the statewide mask mandate in July and has extended it serval times.

Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 3,000 this week as both cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continued rising.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now exceeds 3,000 as both cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue rising. 

The Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 3,006 people had died since the start of the crisis. That's an increase of 17 from a day earlier. About 1,850 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, and more than 1,020 people are hospitalized with the illness caused by the virus.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama tradition that bills itself as the nation's longest-running Veterans Day parade is being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The National Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham won't happen this year. A statement from organizers says it will be replaced by an online-only event for the first time in its history. The “virtual parade" is set for Nov. 11 and will include a mix of recorded and live content featuring various groups.


MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama public schools reported more than 700 cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and employees in the last week. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama State Department of Education on Friday debuted a dashboard with the data. It shows the number of cases reported by school systems to the state, but not numbers by individual schools.


The Coronavirus pandemic has been behind the cancelling of many events for most of 2020. Now one of the most popular social holidays is upon us and this leaves many people confused about what to do.   

Sam Locke with the Haunted Chicken House in Heflin Alabama has to plan for COVID-19.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth says he has returned to work after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. 

Ainsworth said Wednesday he returned to the office after completing quarantine after a positive test for COVID-19.

Ainsworth announced last Wednesday that he had tested positive following a possible exposure at church. He said he experienced few symptoms and was able to work from home.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More people are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 in Alabama than any time since August as the coronavirus pandemic worsens across the state. 

Statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health showed that 1,001 people were hospitalized with the illness Monday. That marked the first time since Aug. 31 that hospitalizations statewide passed the triple digits.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A new forecast by the University of Alabama says Alabama’s economy will contract 3.4% this year. But it could be on a normal trajectory toward recovery by the first half of 2021.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham said it will open a clinic meant to help COVID-19 patients who recover from the illness caused by the new coronavirus yet still need care. 

While many patients make a complete recovery, doctors have discovered long-term, chronic health conditions arise after some leave the hospital. Those include cardiac problems, respiratory issues and neurological difficulties.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Lt.  Gov. Will Ainsworth says he remains opposed to mandatory mask orders despite being diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The Republican lieutenant governor  said Thursday that he encourages people to wear a mask, but added he thinks everyone has the right to make their own choices regarding their health.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s lieutenant governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Republican Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth on Wednesday announced that he took a test after being notified that a member of his Sunday school class tested positive. He says he has no symptoms.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A spike in drunk driving cases in an Alabama county has led to speculation that the stresses associated with the coronavirus pandemic may be behind the increase.

Morgan County sheriff’s spokesman Mike Swafford said his department made 43 DUI arrests in the first nine months of 2019. This year the total is 66 through Sept. 30. That’s an increase of almost 54%.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic appears to be worsening again in Alabama after weeks of improvement. 

Figures show the virus has been spreading at a quickened pace since early October. Around 840 people have been hospitalized a day over the past week, compared to about 750 a day in late September.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new study will look at how the pandemic is affecting poor communities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. 

An announcement from Auburn University says the yearlong research will examine how leaders can get people in low-income, vulnerable communities to take collective action during a crisis. Researcher Kelly Dunning says the study will look at how science-based messages are received in such places compared to wealthier communities.

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Nick Saban won’t be allowed to coach No. 2 Alabama from home against third-ranked Georgia per SEC and NCAA guidelines.

The Southeastern Conference follows protocols set forth by the CDC for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Saban is self-isolating at home and according to an interpretation of NCAA rules coaches aren’t allowed to use technology to call in plays or communicate with the team during a game while in quarantine because of COVID-19.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of Alabama students who’ve spent the coronavirus pandemic in virtual classrooms are returning to traditional instruction despite safety concerns and continuing school shutdowns linked to COVID-19. 

Schools in Jefferson County began allowing elementary students to return to class full-time on Monday. A group of Montgomery educators protested Tuesday as classes resumed there.



ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — The annual Mullet Toss is back on again at a popular roadhouse at the Florida-Alabama state line. 

In the annual event at the Flora-Bama Lounge, contestants throw dead fish from a point in Florida across the state line, vying for distance records. reports that the April event was postponed this year due to the spread of COVID-19.  Now, it's set for Oct. 23-25.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A 74-year-old inmate at an Alabama prison has died after contracting COVID-19. He is the 26th inmate to die after contracting the virus. 

The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that Johnny Dwight Terry, a 74-year-old inmate at Limestone Correctional Facility died Thursday.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama National Fair is opening its gates amid the coronavirus pandemic, but with added precautions such as limited occupancy and lots of hand sanitizer. 

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the fair begins Friday and runs through Oct. 18 at the Alabama Fairgrounds by Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections said says a 67-year-old inmate has died in custody at a hospital, four months after contracting the coronavirus in a state facility. 

The agency announced Monday that Willie Bernard Collins died at a hospital near Montgomery on Thursday. Collins was housed at the Staton Correctional Facility’s infirmary due to preexisting health conditions.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A $100 million program to increase internet usage among low-income Alabama families during the pandemic has gone mostly unused. So the state is sending 300,000 more vouchers in a search for additional takers. reports the state is attempting to expand the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program after only 44,000 of 250,000 vouchers mailed in late August were used.

Civil Rights Institute


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute reopens Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak closed many attractions in March. reports that the institute will have new guidelines in place to guard against spreading the virus.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says older Alabama voters at risk for contracting COVID-19 shouldn’t have to comply with all the state’s requirements for casting absentee ballots in November. 

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon ruled Wednesday that being forced to follow some provisions could wrongly endanger their lives. The decision came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of voters with health problems.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and health officials are extending an order requiring face masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic. 

While masks are unpopular among many, health officials say they've proven effective at helping control the state's outbreak of COVID-19.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama alcohol regulators have lifted restrictions on bar and restaurant operating hours that were imposed in the summer to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Tuesday to eliminate an emergency rule that required businesses to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. and close 30 minutes later. The also approved new rules for mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning that were written in conjunction with the businesses.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Hospital Association and state doctors are urging Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a statewide rule requiring face masks in public.

The president of the hospital group, Dr. Donald Williamson, says cases of COVID-19 have fallen since reaching a high in the summer. And he says the reduction is tied to the rule, which took effect in mid-July and is set to expire Friday.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has pushed back against a report that said she was considering leaving the task force. 



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A feared increase in Alabama's coronavirus caseload after Labor Day get-togethers has yet to materialize two weeks after the holiday. 

That's got health officials cautiously optimistic about the state's progress in the pandemic.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx praised Alabama’s response to the pandemic, but expressed concern about the number of men she saw not wearing masks as she visited the state. 

Birx visited the University of Alabama on Friday in a tour of southern colleges responding to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. She praised the response of the state and university, which has been the site of a recent outbreak.