Coronavirus Updates

  Huntsville church handing out free boxes of food

It’s going to be a drive-thru pick up service on a first come, first serve basis at the church on 315 Westminster Rd.

Fayetteville City Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 798 new cases on Thursday

  Close to 200 people come out to Trump rally in Athens

Alabama A&M Confirms 41 Positive Cases of COVID-19

  Doctor Birx: SEC is ready for football

ABC Board plans to end the 11 p.m. alcohol restrictions

Continued Coverage

  UAB infectious disease professor addresses conflicting COVID-19 info

  Save Our Stages: 23 Alabama music venues part of nationwide effort to get funding

  Alabama Senators weigh in on who should nominate new Supreme Court Justice

Hospitals using plasma as treatment for COVID patients

Madison City Schools updates traditional restart plans, Bob Jones return delayed

Huntsville, Madison officials discuss latest on COVID-19

  ADPH: Rapid COVID-19 test could produce false negatives

Our Kate Smith spoke with Doctor Karen Landers about why rapid tests have a higher error rate.

Lee High School forfeits Friday matchup against James Clemens due to COVID-19

Huntsville City Schools announced another football game forfeit on Tuesday due to COVID-19

  AEA rep talks about teacher concerns she’s hearing

Beverly Sims with the Alabama Education Association said she’s talking to a lot of teachers who are struggling right now.

  African American blood donors needed to help battle Sickle Cell Anemia

The American Red Cross is at a critical level for blood donations, specifically from African Americans to help combat a blood disease.

  Madison County Students head back to the Classroom

  ADVA Commissioner speaks with 48 News regarding Tut Fann

Huntsville City Schools COVID-19 Update

  Madison County Schools bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

  Grissom High School mom anxious about her daughter’s return to the classroom

  Decatur officials discuss COVID-19 latest on Monday

  Local Huntsville church holds drive up voter registration

There is a drive through registration drive from Noon to 3 p.m. at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville on Saturday.

Madison City Schools announces football game forfeits, delay in high school return due to COVID-19 cases

Madison City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols announced Friday that Bob Jones High School will not play the next two games of the 2020 schedule due to COVID-19.

  Polaris Huntsville looking to hire 175 workers to meet rising demand

The Polaris plant in Madison is looking to hire 175 employees, as demand for ATVs increases.

  UA’s COVID-19 numbers expected to see more progress

The first week in September, UA’s cases spiked to 843 in just one week -- but just one week later, cases were down to 294.

  Two local lawyers agree, landlord-tenant laws are a mess

“Without any kind of rent relief there’s really no way we’re ever going to find the other side of this.”

  Huntsville officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

Spike in Lawrence County COVID-19 deaths causes alarm

Lawrence County reported eight new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. The state of Alabama reported 32 deaths total on the same day.

  Jury trials in most North Alabama counties still weeks away

Most North Alabama counties are looking toward restarting jury trials in October.

Google and Apple announce new exposure notification system to trace COVID-19 cases

Technology giants, Apple and Google, have joined forces, releasing what they’re calling Exposure Notification Express, but it only works if a state chooses to use it, and so far, it’s been a hard pass for Alabama.

  Huntsville City Schools reopen doors to students

The school system has 64% of its students returning to in-person learning, while the other 36% will stay at enrolled in the Huntsville Virtual Academy.

Decatur officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Decatur on Monday.

  High schools forfeit games due to COVID-19

Throughout the Tennessee Valley, six high school football teams had to cancel their region games Friday night.

  Madison man beats COVID-19; welcomed home 7 weeks later

A Madison man is finally home after getting COVID-19 and being in the hospital for seven weeks.

  Former employee speaks out about working conditions at Tut Fann

More than 80 people living and working inside have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.

  New Hope High School expansion nearly finished as students prepare to return

Students in 7th and 8th grade will be going to New Hope High School this year in a brand new wing of the school.

  Trials for Madison County capital murder cases postponed until 2021

There were at least six capital cases scheduled to happen this year, according to Presiding Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall.

  Cullman High School students start hybrid schedule

Starting Tuesday, CHS is changing to a hybrid schedule to allow for more social distancing.

Fayetteville City Schools confirms positive COVID-19 case

If a student or family did not receive a phone call or email, this means the child was not in direct contact with the individual.

UA System: Number of positive students nearly doubles in a week at UA in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama System now reports 2,240 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 1,177 as of August 28.

  Ten more residents test positive for Covid inside Tut Fann; total now at 50

Nearly 30 employees have also tested positive.

Drive-up voter services in north Alabama

The League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley is hosting a series of voter drives designed to engage the community in registering to vote and applying for absentee ballots now through the general election.

  Program connects families with academic coaches for virtual learning

Kollide is helping Madison County families with virtual learning during the pandemic.

  State health dept. cautions public ahead of Labor Day weekend

Another holiday ,means health department are expecting a jump in cases.

‘I hope this makes people smile’: a photo to describe being born during a pandemic

This may be the cutest way to sum up staying safe during the pandemic

  Huntsville officials discuss latest on COVID-19

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

  Two Lauderdale Co. nursing homes receive rapid testing machines

At least two Lauderdale County nursing homes have their own rapid testing machine for COVID-19; Mitchell Hollingsworth and Lauderdale Christian.

  Do masks cause nosebleeds in younger children?

When it comes to younger children wearing them all day at school, some parents have concerns that masks may be causing their children harm.

  Hospitals rebounding from PPE shortage, still face staffing concerns

Right now, the consensus is there is adequate PPE and staffing, but it might not stay that way.

  Local doctor says coronavirus precautions will also work to limit flu spread

Dr. Hassoun said the flu and COVID-19 spread the same way, so if we slow down one, we slow down both.

  Huntsville doctor explains dangerous false information surrounding new CDC stats

Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital, said this new data isn’t anything unexpected to him and other doctors.

  Alabama Dept. of Labor says additional unemployment is coming soon

The president ordered additional money to fill the gap.But when will eligible Alabamians see the money?

  Huntsville officials issue COVID-19 update on Monday

The latest from Huntsville on Monday

  Morgan county leaders discuss COVID-19

The latest from Decatur on Monday

Auburn football team impacted by COVID-19

Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says practice will resume this week without 16 players after 9 of them tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week.

  Boys and Girls Club helping with virtual learning

The organization opened Club Academy, what workers are calling a micro-school.

UA System: More than 1,000 COVID-19 positive students in Tuscaloosa since Aug. 19

The University of Alabama System now reports 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 571 as of August 24.

  Dozens of cases of COVID-19 and possible deaths confirmed at Huntsville Veterans home

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed 40 residents and 29 employees at Tut Fann Veterans Home have tested positive for coronavirus since March 17th.

Tut Fann residents: “They are extremely scared.”

Concerned viewers are reaching out telling us the virus is running rampant inside the facility and health guidelines aren’t being followed.

Madison City Schools return to in-person classes in September

Students in Madison City Schools will begin the return to schools in phases following Labor Day.

  Madison County Schools announces plan to return to in-person learning

Madison County Schools announced plans Friday to bring students back into schools for in-person learning.

Huntsville City Schools sets return to in-person learning dates for September

Huntsville City Schools announced plans Friday to bring students back into schools for in-person learning.

  Businesses struggle to stay open during COVID

It’s no doubt many employers are under fire right now, fighting a battle to do right by their employees while also trying to keep business alive.

  CDC releases guidelines to protect employees from violent anti-maskers

After numerous reports of customers nationwide attacking business workers for enforcing CDC guidelines, the federal agency has now released active steps businesses can take to help protect employees and limit workplace violence.

  Restaurant customers still mocking employees for wearing masks

We learned people here in north Alabama are still giving businesses a rough time for enforcing the rules.

  Gov. Kay Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to October 2nd

Governor Kay Ivey announced that she is extending the existing Safer at Home Order for another 5-weeks. It is now set to expire on Friday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Decatur City Schools confirm 14 COVID-19 cases

A Decatur City Schools official also confirmed 204 students are now quarantined.

Hospitals support extension of Alabama mask order

Hospitals are urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend an order requiring face coverings but she hasn't said whether she will or not.

Nursing Home Association addresses reopening visitation to loved ones

Alabama Nursing Home Association President and CEO Brandon Farmer said he knows visitation is critically important, but the top priority remains the health and safety of residents and staff.

  Huntsville officials discuss latest on COVID-19

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

Fayetteville City Schools student tests positive for COVID-19

Contact tracing has been completed, and those in close contact with the individual have been notified.

  Huntsville doctor speaks highly of plasma for treating COVID-19

Dr. Siddiqui tells us she’s used plasma on around 50 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.

531 COVID-19 cases confirmed at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama confirmed Monday that 532 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among students, faculty, and staff.

Update: 30 COVID-19 cases reported at ‘Tut’ Fann State Veterans Home

A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said three residents and nine employees have tested positive for the virus.

  Madison City Schools Superintendent talks return to schools and more at board meeting

Nichols said he hopes to tell parents a date for a return to in-person learning this week.

  Albertville City Schools students back to class

Albertville students will go back on a staggered schedule, with students divided into three groups.

  Madison county leaders discuss COVID-19 on Monday

The latest from Huntsville on Monday

  Morgan county officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Decatur on Monday

What to do during a pandemic and severe weather?

Jefferson County EMA officials say they are keeping in close contact with other EMA officials in south Alabama to see if they need any assistance.