WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week. 

The package will support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.



WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $2.2 trillion rescue package, rushing it to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

The measure tosses a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.  

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

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The House is debating and then voting on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that the Senate passed earlier this week. Watch the floor proceedings live.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has risen to three.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting that one person each has died in Lauderdale and Madison counties.

That's in addition to a previously reported death in Jackson County.

All the counties where deaths have occurred are located in north Alabama. Gov. Kay Ivey has shut down schools for the rest of the academic year, limited gatherings and could announce additional measures Friday.

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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.


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.


Across Alabama, more non-essential businesses are closing their doors as the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases grows to 157. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and hardware and office supply stores are among those that can remain open.

UAB health officials are announcing the opening of a new kind of COVID-19 testing site. Those who have symptoms of the virus or believe they may have had exposed to the illness can call and ask for an appointment to be screened. The provider will then schedule an appointment for testing if the caller screens positive.

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

Mar 19, 2020

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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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In addition to preparing for your pet's care if you and your furry buddy are quarrantined together, also consider what might happen if you just can't get home.  Let your neighbors know your pet might need some care, or have a trusted friend who will make sure your four-footed companion is taken care of.  


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.

UA cancels classes through Mar. 30

Mar 12, 2020

The University of Alabama has announced its plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its students and faculty.

In an email from university president Stuart Bell, it was announced that classes will be canceled from Mar. 16-27. Classes will resume on Mar. 30 and will be taught via remote learning methods such as Blackboard and Zoom.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health and public school officials urged people to take precautions as coronavirus spreads across the country.

Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris said that there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alabama, but he expects that to change at some point as the virus spreads across the country.  

Harris said the state laboratory has so far tested 20 people for coronavirus, in addition to tests done at private labs, and no positive tests have been reported.

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for an Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his theft trial falsely claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus.

With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial Monday on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge he was hospitalized and being tested for the COVID-19 disease caused by the new virus. But testimony showed that wasn't true, and the judge harshly criticized the defense for making claims that could cause a panic.

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You may have heard that dogs and cats commonly have coronaviruses, and you are wondering if it's safe to keep your family pet.  The answer is that your dog or cat poses no risk to you, or your family or your friends.  However, it is more important than ever to keep your pet healthy!


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.