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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.

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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.


An APR News Feature

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.

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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.



SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for a city worker who accused an Alabama mayor of slapping her has now been fired after refusing to perform temperature checks at City Hall. 

Attorney Ed Smith says Lyndsey Cooper was dismissed Monday for insubordination by the coastal town of Spanish Fort. He says Cooper has no medical training and refused to take the temperatures of people entering City Hall.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has topped 18,000 cases of coronavirus.  

The state's Department of Public Health says Alabama had more than 18,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 600 deaths as of Monday.  

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Restaurants in Tuscaloosa are changing their business practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The risks COVID-19 poses on dine-in customers have forced these restaurants to serve customers through safer alternatives such as curbside and drive-thru.

Andrea Snyder is the owner of the Urban Cookhouse restaurant in Tuscaloosa. She said the restaurant now relies on drive-thru and their food truck, which it may use even after the pandemic ends.

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Alabama continues to reopen as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Mobile currently has the most cases in the state and Montgomery is getting national attention for the growing numbers there. This is not the first pandemic to hit the Yellowhammer State. The responses have similarities to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 and the Yellow Fever outbreaks in Mobile.


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery might become the latest Alabama city to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city deals with rising COVID-19 cases. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Friday that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to ease Alabama’s restrictions on absentee ballots and in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The League of Women Voters of Alabama and eight voters over age 60 filed the lawsuit against Secretary of State John Merrill and others. It asks that public officials use their emergency powers to ease restrictions during the pandemic.

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HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County has the sad distinction of having both Alabama's highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. 

The county and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama were initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, but are now they are facing an increase in confirmed infections.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections says a prison infirmary has been quarantined after two inmates there tested positive for coronavirus. 

The inmates were transferred to a hospital and the  infirmary at Kilby Correctional Facility placed on quarantine. The prison system said in a news release that a total of 55 staff members, including contract staff, and 11 inmates have so far tested positive for the virus.


DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school district says a student who attended a graduation ceremony last week has tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases over the last 14 days as the state began lifting restrictions. 

As of Wednesday, more than 15,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Alabama and 581 have died. State Health Officer Scott Harris said an increase in testing is behind part of the increase, but that doesn't explain all of it.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama residents spent the holiday weekend struggling to claim their weekly unemployment benefits. 

The Alabama Department of Labor tells local news outlets that about 53,000 people were blocked from filing the required weekly report telling state government that they still don’t have a job. Only then is another week’s worth of unemployment benefits paid.

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — Pam Nichols normally spends Memorial Day with a huge crowd at the Alabama National Cemetery after helping place thousands of little U.S. flags on veterans’ graves.

Both the crowds and the flags are missing this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus passed 550 on Sunday, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. 

There have been over 14,200 confirmed cases of the virus statewide. Close to 4,400 cases have been reported within the last 14 days.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Health officials are worried that Alabama's coronavirus caseload is increasing and residents aren't guarding against COVID-19 as it opens its casinos, church and more. 

Parking lots are filling up again outside many businesses, and in many places it's rare to see people wearing face masks.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate has jumped to 12.9% in April during the economic shutdown linked to the coronavirus pandemic. 

That's the worst in nearly 37 years. Statistics released by the state Friday show nearly 217,000 people lost jobs from March to April. The change left 283,787 people without work statewide. The April rate of nearly 13% percent was up from 3% just one month earlier.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is reopening more of its economy despite shaky progress in taming the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced new rules Thursday that allow entertainment venues, athletics, schools and more to open beginning Friday. That means things like casinos, tourist attractions, bowling alleys, arcades and youth sports practices can resume. But all remain subject to social-distancing, capacity and sanitation rules.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Claims for unemployment compensation during the coronavirus pandemic have topped 500,000 in Alabama. 

The state Department of Labor says more than 25,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week. That brings the state total since mid-March to more than 500,000.

How COVID-19 figures in to plans to restore Amtrak service in Mobile

May 21, 2020

An Alabama Public Radio news feature, which is part of APR effort to address the "news desert" along the state's Gulf coast. APR recruited and trained veteran print journalists in Mobile and Baldwin counties to join our news team to do radio stories from along the Gulf coast.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles denied release to 90% of the inmates up for consideration during its first hearing following a monthslong suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Work on Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium has resumed after an undisclosed number of workers tested positive for the coronavirus, temporarily halting work on the construction project. 


FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham suburb of Fairfield has become the latest local government in Alabama to file for bankruptcy. 

News outlets report that the city of about 11,000 people filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, citing as much as $10 million in liabilities.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — High schools nationwide have canceled or postponed traditional graduation ceremonies to avoid worsening the spread of the new coronavirus. 

But some are going ahead as usual, with tweaks to account for health concerns.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris says the trend in coronavirus numbers depends which part of the state you are looking at. 

Harris said the state is continuing to experience outbreaks. He said Butler, Mobile, Marshall and Franklin counties have outbreaks.

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At the Montgomery Regency Trailer Park, kids often gather before the 10:30 a.m. arrival of the Brown Bag Bus. It's a race to be first to greet their buddy behind the wheel, James Amos.

"Mr. Amos" knows by name most of the 600-plus kids on his route. He knows their houses, too. So if it's time for him to leave and they haven't visited yet, he honks the horn to get their attention.