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Alabama small businesses urged to apply for financial relief

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging small business owners to begin taking steps to prepare to apply for federal relief.

4 Scottsboro hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

Homeless residents in Florence find shelter at Veterans Park

Florence nursing facility taking steps to prepare for possible COVID-19 cases

  Coronavirus test results being delayed up to 12 days across the Valley

  Lack of COVID-19 tests closes one Huntsville testing site temporarily

  Home security system sales increase during COVID-19 pandemic

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  Addiction on the rise during quarantine

COVID-19 testing sites in north Alabama

Second Marshall Space Flight Center employee has coronavirus

  Whatawedding: Florida couple gets married in front of favorite restaurant

  HudsonAlpha offering educational videos on COVID-19

  HudsonAlpha working to develop treatment for COVID-19

  Jackson County resident confirmed as Alabama’s first COVID-19-related death

A part-time employee at the Jackson County Courthouse has passed away after contracting COVID-19.

  Coronavirus test results see delays as demand on labs spike

Huntsville Hospital has completed roughly 1,000 tests in Madison County alone.

  Huntsville mom and son stuck in Uganda waiting for visa as coronavirus spreads

Voss along with the WAFF News team have reached out to Sens. Doug Jones and Richard Shelby and Rep. Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt to bring them home.

Mayor: Madison City Hall open and operational after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor Paul Finley said anyone who needs city services should call or go online before coming to City Hall.

Saban encourages Alabamians to stay home amid COVID-19 outbreak

  NASCAR goes virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

  Jackson County hosts drive-thru flu, COVID-19 screening, collection site

ADPH creates hotline, email for COVID-19 information

Fever clinic opening in Hartselle

  Alabama State Health Officer recommends avoiding day cares if possible

  Homemade masks aren’t recommended, state health officer says

The masks are not considered effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, Harris said Monday.

Dermatologist explains side effects of homemade hand sanitizer, if it’s too strong

It’s no secret you can’t find hand sanitizer anywhere, but before you start making your own, we’re on your side with some warnings about side effects on your skin.

  Huntsville bar and distillery now producing hand sanitizer

Several Tennessee Valley businesses are making changes, in hopes of keeping their doors open during the challenging economy. A local bar and distillery is now producing hand sanitizer.

4 COVID-19 testing stations in the Shoals

These sites will continue taking samples as long as supplies last.

  Love conquers coronavirus: Husband visits wife daily through nursing home window

The coronavirus has no power over a man who takes to heart “until death do us part” in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

Kitchen Cops: As long as restaurants are serving, inspections continue

Drive-thrus, pickups and deliveries are still happening, so the kitchen cops are still on the beat.

  Chiropractors work to protect patients from COVID-19

Chiropractors work to protect patients from COVID-19

  Fever and flu clinic opens in Athens

The newest fever and flu clinic opened in Athens Thursday.

Saints head coach Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

Payton said he came forward with his coronavirus diagnosis because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly

  Arab doctor screening patients for COVID-19 outside facility for safety precautions

But not everyone is allowed inside if they are sick.

  Madison County leaders looking for solutions to potential medical mask shortage

The leaders are in talks with a local manufacturer about making more masks.

  Nutritionist weighs in on best foods for your immune system

Now more than ever, it’s important to eat the right foods to boost your immune system.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Huntsville Hospital and Athens Limestone Hospital both have clinics to test individuals for COVID-19. You can also ask your physician or any physician at an urgentcare/walk-in clinic to be tested.

  Humane Society Changing the Way They Operate Amid Coronavirus Concerns

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Greater Huntsville Humane Society is changing how they do business.

Baton Rouge restaurant using take out profits to pay employees

“Even if we lose money, our employees will get paid.”

Restaurant owners appreciate landlord’s advice to ‘pay employees’ instead of rent

Young Investment Company announced Tuesday night on social media it would “not expect its restaurant tenants to pay April rent.”

  Huntsville Hospital limiting visitors to 1 per patient

Huntsville Hospital is restricting its visitation policy even more amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Madison County leader stressing health recommendations after crowded weekend bar scene

Facebook posts show standing room only crowds just hours after the novel coronavirus was found in Alabama.

UAB Infectious Disease doctor tests positive for COVID-19

A physician for UAB has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Huntsville Hospital opens drive-thru flu and fever clinic

Doctors will be able to test for COVID-19 at the clinic.

  Local YMCAs increase cleaning during coronavirus pandemic

Group activities at the YMCA have been cancelled.

Petition urging Gov. DeWine to freeze rent, mortgage and bill payments during the pandemic has nearly 80,000 signatures

While some Americans are fortunate enough to be able to work from home, thousands of others are out of jobs and trying to figure out how they’ll pay their bills.

Las Vegas to go dark as Nevada shuts down non-essential businesses

“This is not the time for sleepovers, playdates, concerts, theater outings, or athletic events,” Gov. Sisolak said.

  HudsonAlpha researchers announce coronavirus test that gives same day results

The lab is capable of completing roughly 1,000 tests in a day during a traditional flu season.

  Huntsville Hospital opening Fever & Flu Clinic

Huntsville Hospital is opening a Fever & Flu Clinic.

Fiona is a hit online as Cincinnati Zoo launches ‘Home Safari’ livestreams

The Cincinnati Zoo may be closed due to coronavirus concerns, but you can still check on Fiona and all your favorite animals

Kentucky Derby 146 re-scheduled for Saturday of Labor Day Weekend

You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day, but this year’s Kentucky Derby will offer fashionistas one final chance to put together their freshest ivory outfits.

  33 tested for COVID-19 within Huntsville Hospital Health System

Test results are generally available from the state lab within 24 hours.

Marshall Space Flight Center employee has coronavirus

All Marshall Space Flight employees will now work from home.

  Alabama Department of Public Health gives update on distribution of coronavirus tests

An appropriation from the state legislature will be used to create screening centers across the state.

Alabama Community College System to discontinue on-campus instruction

Twenty-three institutions across the state will make the change for the period of March 17 – April 3.

  Huntsville Museum of Art staying open despite coronavirus outbreak

Huntsville Museum of Art staying open despite coronavirus outbreak

  Coronavirus travel suspensions, cancellations costing travel agent money

A Huntsville travel agent says she's facing challenges getting refunds and getting her customers home.

  Still no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama, officials say

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, as of Thursday, Alabama remains clear of any confirmed cases of the respiratory virus.

JSU student under investigation for coronavirus, school moving to online learning

School leaders reported the student felt sick Sunday evening after returning from out-of-state.

University of Alabama system moving to online learning amid coronavirus concerns

The policy will be re-evaluated on or before Monday, April 6, 2020.

State superintendent talks response if coronavirus comes to Ala. schools

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey gave an update on coronavirus and how Alabama’s education department is responding to it.

Ivey to approve $5 million appropriation for coronavirus preparedness

State lawmakers will send a supplemental appropriation of $5 million for COVID-19 preparedness to Gov. Kay Ivey, who has promised to approve it.

Cullman Regional starts visiting restrictions to prevent potential spread of Coronavirus

Cullman Regional is modifying its visitor policy across all Cullman Regional facilities including the hospital, urgent care centers, medical group office and the Surgery Center of Cullman.

  Calhoun Community College hosts mass casualty reenactment to train health students

Calhoun Community College hosts mass casualty reenactment to train health students

  Nursing homes taking precautions to protect residents from coronavirus

Samantha Gamble, Cloverdale administrator, says the elderly population they serve is more at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

  How to get tested for coronavirus in Alabama

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state does have test kits that are sent to local satellite offices.

Cullman couple discusses corona quarantine aboard Grand Princess cruise ship

Len and June Brooks of Cullman are at ground zero of America’s battle to contain the coronavirus.

  Convention & Visitors Bureau, city of Huntsville respond to AUSA Global Force Symposium cancellation

The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau offered reassurances that the Rocket City remains a welcoming destination for conferences, trade shows and other events.

Preparation urged even as Alabama remains free of coronavirus cases

Alabama remains free of any officially confirmed cases of the respiratory disease as of Tuesday. Nearly 40 other states have reported cases.

  Huntsville City Schools release contingency plans amid coronavirus concerns

Schools officials are working in anticipation of the implementation of measures like those seen from other state governments and school systems around the country.

  Huntsville International Airport taking precautions against germs

As coronavirus fears continue to spread, employees at Huntsville International Airport are taking proactive steps to make sure germs don’t spread.

  Still unclear what kind of long-term impact coronavirus will leave on economy

Coronavirus concerns are creating a storm on Wall Street.

Alabama still reporting no confirmed COVID-19 cases

While Alabama remains off the list of states with cases of the respiratory disease, it is now in the minority.

  Lauderdale County first responders get educated on coronavirus

Lauderdale County first responders spent Friday night learning more about the coronavirus and what they can do to help protect themselves and those they serve.

  More north Alabama hospitals limiting visitors among illness concerns

Effective immediately, no more than two visitors will be allowed in patient rooms at a time.

ADPH now testing for COVID-19 at state lab

“While the risk of this new Coronavirus disease remains low in Alabama, we have been working diligently to prepare for any cases that may occur," said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said.

  Coronavirus fears having an effect on social lives

While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Alabama, some businesses fear it could have an impact on them.

  Coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, Georgia

In just three days, three confirmed cases of coronavirus have moved into Alabama's surrounding states.

Virus crisis tracks West, ebbing in China; Fed slashes rates

The mushrooming outbreaks in South Korea, the Mideast and the West contrast with optimism in China, where thousands of recovered patients are going home and new infections have dropped to their lowest level in weeks.

Workout Wednesday: Running

The weather is beginning to warm up and the days are getting longer! We've been talking with Dawn Hendrix of 911 Physical Training the past few weeks about nutritional information to help you eat smarter.

Tuesday's Tips: Exercise at the office

No time to workout? No equipment at home? Here are some creative ways we found you can fit exercise into a busy work schedule, courtesy of Kevin Ready, Manager of Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center- Medical Mall: Kevin's recommendations *2 sets of 15 repetitions unless otherwise noted *2-3x/week, on non-consecutive days *Obtain clearance from physician Chair Squat Standing in front of a sturdy chair that won't roll out from under you, bend the knees so that y...

Bone marrow key to new knee surgery

Many baby boomers are dealing with the reality of arthritis, joint problems and knee replacement surgery. There's a new high-tech option for knee replacement surgery.