More counties in ‘moderate’ risk category, but we’re not in the clear yet

Some promising news from the Alabama Department of Public Health: more counties are falling under the “moderate” risk category in the state’s color-coded COVID-19 risk indicator map.

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More counties in ‘moderate’ risk category, but we’re not in the clear yet

Alabama awards $100M in grants to support hospitals, nursing homes

$100 million in much needed funding has been awarded to help mitigate the public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said Friday.

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Alabama awards $100M in grants to support hospitals, nursing homes

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  Huntsville doctor discusses COVID-19’s possible impacts on the brain

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Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

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