Coronavirus Updates

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

3D printers at Drake State Community & Technical College are busy churning out face shields for health care workers.

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

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

  Alabama banks: Demand for SBA loans slowing help for small businesses

  Madison County deputy tests positive for COVID-19

Disturbance and domestic violence calls county-wide double during coronavirus outbreak

Who to contact to report employers not following public health guidelines

Continued Coverage

  Madison county leaders discuss coronavirus status on Friday

On Your Side: How to make your own face mask

  Decatur officials encourage residents to continue social distancing

  Weddings postponed due to COVID-19

  Local engineer and famous YouTuber shows how to 3D print face shields

  Assurance Scientific Laboratories rep. sees potential price gouging on testing swabs

  Marine patrol troopers monitoring, encouraging social distancing

Thinking about going boating this weekend? Troopers want to remind you, the same social distancing guidelines apply to the water.

  ’The state has no business interfering’: Roy Moore hired to defend La. church still holding service

Judge Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, found himself in Louisiana to lend a helping hand to a pastor facing several misdemeanor charges.

Over quarter-million Ala. hospitality workers could be laid off

In the hospitality sector, more than a quarter-million workers could be laid off in Alabama.

  How technology is helping Nick Saban coach during COVID-19

For the first time, outside of a few public service announcements, Nick Saban is speaking out about how COVID-19 has impacted him and the Crimson Tide football program.

  Bob Jones High School teacher making protective masks with 3D printer

  Local wife collects cleaning supplies for truck drivers unable to stop at public showers

Athens-Limestone Hospital staff prepares and cross-trains for large influx of patients due to COVID-19

  EXCLUSIVE: correction officers voice concerns over lack of protective gear during COVID-19 outbreak

World Games in Birmingham rescheduled for July 2022

  Ivey reiterates reason for no shelter-in-place order

Ala. Supreme Court extends suspension of in-person proceedings

The Alabama Supreme Court has extended its suspension of all in-person proceedings until April 30.

  Huntsville leaders issues latest COVID-19 update on Thursday

Madison County's daily coronavirus update on Thursday

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Athens City Schools offers virtual spirit week for students

Spirit Week takes place April 6-April 10

Tennessee Valley Corridor announces new dates for National Summit

The Summit will nowbe held July 15-16, 2020 at Milligan College in Johnson City, TN

  Nursing homes work to cheer seniors during COVID-19 lockdown

Nursing homes work to cheer seniors during COVID-19 lockdown

  Salvation Army in need of donations as more people use services

Commanding Officer Chris Bryant tells us they are seeing a huge jump of people coming to stay the night, and coming to get meals.

  Buy a t-shirt, help a business

Buy a t-shirt, help a business

  How businesses can engage customers on social media

FLOURISH CEO Megan Nivens shares tips on how to engage customers online.

  Local park & pray ongoing nightly during pandemic

This event will occur daily at various locations around Madison county

  Crisis counselors, domestic violence shelters are here to help during pandemic

We’re all in crisis mode right now, but situations can get worse for some.

  2nd Huntsville teacher tests positive for COVID-19

A teacher at Huntsville Junior High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Huntsville Chamber of Commerce acting as middleman for business donations to hospitals

The chamber is helping ensure the specific needs of the hospitals are being met.

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

  Huntsville City Schools blended learning plan to allow students to finish year remotely

Huntsville City Schools students are transitioning to what administrators call a blended learning plan.

  Huntsville City Schools announce blended learning plan on Wednesday

The plan will outline how students and teachers will use digital assets the remainder of the school year

Alabama Department of Labor encourages CARES Act claims

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) is encouraging employees who may qualify for programs under the CARES Act to file a claim.

Gov. Kay Ivey: Census 2020 now more important than ever

Ivey says if Alabama’s count falls shy of the 72 percent participation rate recorded in the 2010 Census, the state would likely experience reduced representation in Congress, the loss of millions of dollars in Census-derived community funding, and reduced economic development opportunities.

  Madison county leaders urge residents to participate in census while home

Huntsville officials on the coronavirus

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.

Gas prices keep dropping, one report says some stations could drop to 99 cents

AAA says the average price per gallon in Alabama is $1.77 and it’s much lower in some areas.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

  Morgan county officials issue update on COVID-19 on Wednesday

The latest from Decatur and Morgan county officials on coronavirus

  Madison Chamber of Commerce getting creative to help local restaurants

The chamber has three virtual events planned right now.

  Blood donations slowing down during coronavirus pandemic

LifeSouth needs people to donate blood and sign up for blood drives.

  Huntsville Police Dept shares common questions about business closures

Our newsroom, and 911 dispatchers have been swamped with calls from people saying there are a lot of businesses still open that shouldn’t be.

  Downtown Rescue Mission in need of donations after thrift store closures

Downtown Rescue Mission is still welcoming people in, but they have lost a big part of their income from the thrift store closures.

  Former UAH athlete lends helping hand during pandemic

Krystal Johnson is in New York helping during the crisis

  Expecting mothers fear giving birth alone as hospital policies change

Hospitals across the nation are adjusting visitation policies amid the global coronavirus pandemic. In some states, officials have ruled mothers must give birth alone. As the number of cases grow in north Alabama, mothers are worried we’re next.

Ala. AG taking steps to stop price gouging in response to coronavirus

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is taking the necessary steps to put a stop to price gouging brought on by the coronavirus.

  Huntsville nurse practitioner raising money to feed health care workers, patronize local restaurants

Amy Saunders is using donations to buy gift cards from local restaurants and then gifting them to health care workers on the front lines.

  SBA, Treasury Department begin public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds

The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses.

  Lawmakers meet for session with gloves and masks during COVID-19 outbreak

The Senate and House chambers were quieter than usual Tuesday afternoon during session with only some state lawmakers filling the seats.

  Closed school buildings are leaving some contractors unemployed

One contractor said the closed schools are leaving her and her colleagues without an income.

HEMSI, HPD supplies stable as potential coronavirus surge looms

The Huntsville Police Department has ordered an extra 10,000 masks for its officers.

Huntsville law firm providing free meals for first responders, medical personnel

The law firm of Morris, King & Hodge is working with local restaurants to provide free meals for law enforcement and emergency room staff as they fight the virus.

Judge temporarily blocks Alabama’s ban on abortions during coronavirus outbreak

A federal judge has temporarily blocked an effort that would have banned abortions in Alabama amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  ADPH encourages employees to speak with employers who aren’t following social distancing measures

Many of you have reached out to the 48 newsroom claiming there is not enough being done to protect your health at manufacturing plants in North Alabama.

Gulf Shores announces cancellation of the 2020 Hangout Music Festival

City officials say they have been considering the cancellation for some time and that the decision was based solely on what was in the best interest of public health, safety and welfare.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing addresses COVID-19 fears

As of Tuesday, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any MTM business location.

  Huntsville suspending Saturday Shuttle Bus service

Saturday service will be suspended effective April 4.

  74K filed Alabama unemployment claims in 1 week

The state’s server can’t handle the surge, leaving some people unable to file a claim.

Crestwood Hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

Dr. Pam Hudson, the CEO of Crestwood Hospital, confirmed on Tuesday that a Crestwood Hospital Employee has now tested positive for COVID-19.

4 Scottsboro hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

Four employees of Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro have tested positive for coronavirus.

  Huntsville officials issue COVID-19 update on Tuesday

Madison county's Tuesday coronavirus update

Madison county to postpone high school graduation

Ceremonies will be rescheduled for late summer

Homeless residents in Florence find shelter at Veterans Park

Three local homeless advocacy groups came up with the idea, which was quickly approved by the city council.

  Safety tips for take-out, fast food or curbside

We talked to someone from the Madison County Health Department to find out what you need to know when getting take out, fast food or curbside.

  John Hunt Park testing site closed this week due to limited supplies

The drive-thru collection site at John Hunt Park will be closed the rest of the week.

  Construction and road work going on as planned, despite pandemic

Some road projects are even getting done faster because of less traffic.

  Local lawyer says filing a will is especially important right now

This is a very difficult situation for everyone, but this virus is forcing us to confront some very serious issues. Whether we’re ready or not.

  Local plumber says flushable wipes aren’t flushable

A local plumber says you should not flush 'flushable wipes.'

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

Huntsville Hospital's CEO says testing labs are backed up, and that there's a flaw in the system.

  Power Ranger gives out toilet paper and cash at Moultrie Walmart

A Power Ranger in Moultrie handed out toilet paper and cash.

  Manna House remaining open during pandemic

Manna House is keeping its doors open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

Data suggests COVID-19 deaths in Ala. to reach 600+ in 3 weeks

It's going to get worse before it gets better.

  Florence mayor says pandemic will lead to budget cuts

Florence Mayor Steve Holt is hopeful federal assistance will help the city and small businesses recover.

  Unemployment extensions looming for COVID-19 impacts

People across north Alabama reached out to WAFF with questions about glitches with the system, including not being able to file for an extension.