Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

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  Drake State inspired to 3D print face shields for health care workers

Alabama COVID-19 cases jump to 1,535; ADPH verifies 21 deaths

The Alabama Department of Public Heath has updated the number of confirmed statewide cases of COVID-19.

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  Front-line medical staff deaths grow, highlight virus risks

  Church holds ‘thank you’ parade for Athens-Limestone Hospital workers

Members of Epic Church in Athens organized a special parade to say “thank you.”
  • Coronavirus

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.
  • Coronavirus

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  • Coronavirus

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

In a shift, the top leaders in Congress made it clear Friday there will be another coronavirus rescue package amid the stark need for federal resources to fight the pandemic and economic crisis.
  • Huntsville - Madison

  Madison County deputy tests positive for COVID-19

A Madison County sheriff's deputy has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths.
  • National

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

It seems redundant to have a day titled “National Love Our Children Day” each year. However during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably important to take a moment and reflect on how and why we show love for our kids.
  • Coronavirus

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions.
  • National

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Coronavirus

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.
  • Coronavirus

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.
  • Coronavirus

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.
  • Coronavirus

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.
  • National

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.
  • Coronavirus

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.
  • National

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.
  • Coronavirus

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.
  • Coronavirus

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.
  • National

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.
  • National

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.
  • Coronavirus

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.