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Governor Ivey's "Safer at Home" order set to end Friday

Dec 8, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home order is set to end this Friday. The current action is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Alabama and the growing number of cases and deaths from the virus. It requires limits on the number of people in restaurants, bars, and other venues. It also continues the call for social distancing and the wearing of face masks. Dr. Karen Landers is a physician with the Alabama Department of Public Health. She says relaxed restrictions aren’t an excuse for unsafe behavior.


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.

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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.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health and agriculture officials are investigating after the coronavirus was found in a dead cat. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Thursday testing confirmed that a deceased cat in Opelika tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the strain of the virus that causes COVID-19.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama counties saw a large increase in coronavirus cases earlier this week because of backlogged data. 

AL.Com quotes officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health as saying that the high one or two-day increases seen in some counties were due to new testing facilities not reporting information regularly to the agency.



Social media has been a breeding ground for coronavirus rumors.

This weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health sent out a series of Tweets dispelling misinformation that has been circling across the internet recently.

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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.

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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.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus neared 500 on Saturday. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported there have been more than 11,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 485 deaths. That’s 12 more deaths than were reported Friday.



Alabama's stay-at-home order is expiring April 30 at 5 p.m., but the state isn't allowing businesses to throw open doors for residents just yet.

In an announcement at 11 a.m. this morning, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the state can begin reopening, but it’s important to do so slowly and maintain current Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines.

Restaurants and hair salons are remaining closed, but retail stores can open and elective medical procedures can continue.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to make an announcement regarding the future of state closure orders because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris have scheduled a Tuesday morning news conference along with members of the governor’s coronavirus task force. Alabama is under a stay-home order through April 30.

ADPH releases demographics of first COVID-19 cases

Apr 7, 2020
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The Alabama Department of Public Health released characteristics of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

As of April 6 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 2,000 and the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 reached 39. 

While women account for 55.9% of confirmed cases, me make up the majority of verified deaths at 66.7%.

Individuals 65 years or older make up 59% of those who have died from the virus.

African Americans make up 27% of Alabama's total population, but account for 43.6% of verified deaths.

What does a statewide 'stay at home' order mean?

Apr 6, 2020
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that she would be issuing a statewide stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order, which went into effect on Saturday, came after multiple Alabama cities had issued their own shelter-in-place orders or curfews. It also followed a statewide closing of nonessential businesses that was announced the week proir. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's official death toll from the coronavirus has risen as the total number of confirmed cases neared 1,000. 

The state Department of Public Health reports the total COVID-19 infections in Alabama stood near 950 on Tuesday morning. The official death count rose to 13. However, the tally didn't include some of the seven deaths reported by the East Alabama Medical Center, a hospital in Opelika.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers approved additional money for coronavirus testing and response to increase the number of people being screened for the rapidly spreading illness.

The Alabama Senate approved a $5 million supplemental appropriation for the Alabama Department of Public Health to fund coronavirus preparations Thursday.

State health officials say a federal facility in Alabama is being considered as a “backup” location for Americans infected by the virus known as COVID-19.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Sunday that the U.S. Department of 

Health and Human Services has evaluated the potential for using the site in Anniston.

State officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston would be part of a contingency plan if other sites in the U.S. are unable to handle patients.


The city of Decatur released a letter saying students found using or in possession of vaping devices will go to the Center for Alternatives to Suspension.

Recent research has shown increased findings of harm caused by vaping. The new punishment comes after Decatur City School Administration tried cracking down on the issue by giving in-school suspension for vaping in 2019.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has identified 13 cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use.


Alabama’s infant mortality rate has hit a record low.

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that the 2018 infant mortality rate was the lowest in Alabama history.  However, Alabama's infant mortality rate continues to be higher than the national rate.

There also remains a racial disparity in infant mortality rates. The infant mortality rate for black infants in Alabama was 11.0 in 2018, more than twice the infant mortality rate for white infants.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials say a south Alabama resident has died from a mosquito-borne virus.

The Department of Public Health says the death reported Friday was the first case of Eastern equine encephalitis in the state since 2014. The person got sick last month.

The illness is caused by a virus that's transmitted by mosquitoes. The department says an infection begins with a sudden headache, a high fever, chills and vomiting. Patients then become disoriented, along with seizures and a coma.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed the state’s first vaping-related death.

A news release Wednesday said an East Alabama man died of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes. Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Sondra Reese says the department cannot give his age or other details because of privacy laws.

The department says it has identified three other probable cases of vaping-related illness and is investigating nine other possible cases. Reese says the department ruled out vaping as the cause of illness in six other patients.

Alabama health regulators have closed shellfish growing waters in Mobile County. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health says Areas I, II, and VII are closed as of Friday. This includes Cedar Point, Heron Bay, Portersville Bay and Grand Bay.

The order by State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, was issued as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of oyster beds due to recent rainfall.

The department says it will monitor bay waters and the shellfish in the interim. It says harvesting will resume as soon as areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will require new forms— and a new process — for getting married beginning next week.

The Alabama Department of Public Health issued guidance Tuesday about the new form and procedure. The Alabama Legislature this year voted to do away with marriage licenses to accommodate conservative probate judges who objected to same-sex marriage.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — How much untreated sewage gets dumped in Alabama's Black Belt?

That's the question a team of students and professors at the University of Alabama is trying to determine.

In many parts of the Black Belt, homeowners are resorting to "straight pipe" systems to dispose of wastewater and sewage, rather than sewers or septic tanks because of a type of thick, clay soil and widespread poverty across isolated areas.

Two School Systems Closed Due to Flu

Jan 25, 2019

Two North Alabama school systems are closing as the number of flu cases across the state increases. reports Albertville City Schools will be closed Friday and Monday, while Fayetteville City Schools will close Friday.

Albertville officials say 13 percent of the district's almost 5,700 students were absent Thursday. WHNT-TV reports teachers and custodians will use the student-free days to clean classrooms and other areas.

Fayetteville is reporting higher numbers of flu as well as a stomach virus.

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Public health officials are investigating a spike in hepatitis A cases in north Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in Jackson County. Health officials say the outbreak may have also spread to surrounding counties.

Public health officials are urging people at the highest risk of infection, including those who use illegal drugs and those who are homeless, to be vaccinated against the disease.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has identified an outbreak of whooping cough in Shelby and Jefferson counties.  

Health officials said Friday that nine children testified positive for pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Another 22 people have developed symptoms.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It begins with a runny nose and low grade fever but develops into a violent cough.

Health officials identified a number of churches and camps where the infected people attended in June and July.


Please find enclosed Alabama Public Radio’s entry for best radio documentary, titled “Help Wanted: Alabama’s Rural Health Care Crisis.” The three member Alabama Public Radio news team spent the year, with no budget, investigating why the system here is so badly broken and why solutions aren’t being pursued.

On September 27, 2017, the Washington Post published an article about how only one half of rural hospitals in the U.S. can deliver a baby.

In rural Alabama, it’s barely a third.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties.  

Authorities say Areas I, II, III, IV, V and VI are closed and includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay and Dauphin Island Bay.

    The order by Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed harvesting as of 3 p.m. Monday. It was issued as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of the oyster beds due to recent rainfall.    Officials said Wednesday that harvesting will resume as soon as the areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria. 

Flu Cases On the Rise in Alabama

Dec 30, 2017

State health officials say incidents of the flu are on the rise across Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says flu activity is picking up for the season, and urged people to get vaccinated if they haven't already.

Health officials say if you're going to get vaccinated, you should request the "quadrivalent vaccine" that protects against four different strains of flu. It is the only version that protects against the Type B / Yamagata flu strain which is currently circulating in Alabama.

ADPH Investigates Meningococcal Disease

Nov 22, 2017

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a case of meningococcal disease, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children between the ages of 2 and 18 in the United States.

In a news release yesterday, the department’s immunization division said the case was found at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. No other cases have been identified.

Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers says the department has already started contacting parents to make them aware of the exposure.