Coronavirus Updates

ADPH: Current hospitalizations lowest since April 2020 as COVID-19 vaccination distribution expands

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on Friday, March 13, 2020.

  Pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccines will not put one local pharmacy behind in vaccine distribution

State Health Officer: Alabama will temporarily pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots

COVID-19 in Alabama: 266 new confirmed cases on Tuesday

Children’s of Alabama approved as new COVID-19 vaccine study site for young children

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Boaz Tuesday

  Why Limestone County Schools decided to no longer require masks

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Alabama senior centers can reopen beginning April 19

  Self scheduling for the COVID-19 vaccine available at Huntsville Hospital

Mask requirements for school systems across the Tennessee Valley

Masks still mandatory at Huntsville International Airport

  New vaccine shipment delivered to Guntersville Urgent Care; appointments now available

  Athens-Limestone Hospital starting walk-in vaccine clinic April 19

  Local doctor explains why there should not be vaccine hesitancy

More than 739,000 Alabamians are now considered fully vaccinated, but there are many out there who have no plans to get the shot.

  Some state lawmakers are working to block vaccine passports, others support passports

A controversial topic many are at odds over is vaccine passports, but some state lawmakers are currently working to make sure it doesn’t become a thing here in Alabama.

  COVID-19 survivor advocating for others to get the vaccine

Rhoda Plain is known for her cooking and owns the restaurant Rhoda P's in downtown Tuscumbia. Now, she's serving up wisdom as she shares her COVID-19 survival story.

Huntsville officials issue mask, COVID-19 update

The latest from Huntsville on Thursday

  Why can 16 and 17-year-olds only receive the Pfizer vaccine?

  What does Gov. Ivey’s new health order mean for local businesses?

  Guntersville clinic working to keep up with vaccines, concerned about spike in cases

  Mass drive-thru vaccine clinic open in Lauderdale County

  Shoals funeral home helping locals apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance

  Decatur City Council votes to end local mask mandate

  Gov. Ivey will allow mask mandate to expire on Friday

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris provide a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday.

Huntsville Hospital Health System mask requirement remains following expiration of statewide mandate

All hospitals in the Huntsville Health System will continue mask requirements for the foreseeable future.

  DeKalb County Schools not requiring masks after mandate expires

Starting on April 12th, masks will no longer be required at Dekalb County Schools, as long as the Governor doesn’t change her decision.

  Westside Missionary Baptist Church advocating for minority vaccinations

The church will be a vaccination site on April 24.

  Getting the homeless population vaccinated

Getting the homeless population vaccinated

  Some businesses continue with mask requirement even as state mandate scheduled to expire

Alabama’s statewide mask mandate is set to expire Friday, April 9, but that does not mean it is time to totally throw out your masks.

  Local pharmacists talk strain of providing vaccines

Two local pharmacists said once you do get a vaccine you need to remember to get your name off of all of the other vaccine waiting lists you're on.

Athens City Schools mask mandate will remain in place through end of school year

Athens City Schools will continue requiring masks for students and staff until the end of the school year.

  Local businesses prepare for mask mandate expiration

In Huntsville, the City Council elected to follow the Governor’s lead two weeks ago and will not put a new mask ordinance in place. But, that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw them away just yet.

  Mask requirement for DeKalb County students, staff expires next week

DeKalb County students and staff will not be required to wear masks beginning April 12.

  The next steps for the Decatur city mask order

The statewide mask mandate expires Friday, but on Monday, it was all about the city of Decatur’s position on masking.

  Family turns Easter gathering into at-home vaccination clinic

The photos prompted several viewers to reach out asking if any rules were broken in this at-home appointment.

  Decatur officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Decatur on Monday

  Decatur City Council set to discuss local mask order

For a decision to be made on the mask order Monday night, the city council would need a unanimous vote for immediate consideration. If that happens, they can vote to repeal with a simple majority vote.

Mobile vaccine clinics opening in Lauderdale Co.

Vaccine clinics will be set up at Cornerstone Church on 12101 Highway 20 in Florence and Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville.

  Florence City Councilwoman hopes extended eligibility will bring more folks to vaccine clinics next week

Florence City Councilwoman hopes extended eligibility will bring more folks to two vaccine clinics next week

  Are people likely to go back to a pre-COVID lifestyle or stick with precautions?

Dr. Christina Steidl, Associate Sociology Professor at UAH, says the deciding factor to continue to take precautions or fully go back to a pre-COVID lifestyle is based on our social network.

  Decatur’s local mask ordinance could be lifted before April 9

While the statewide mandate ends on April 9, Decatur has its own municipal mask ordinance.

  Gov. Ivey expands Alabama vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older

The press conference and tour are happening in Ivey’s hometown of Camden.

  Madison County Board of Health strongly recommends masks after April 9

Physicians on the Board recommend schools, businesses, health care facilities, nursing homes and crowded places continue to require face coverings.

  UAB Huntsville pediatrics chair encouraged by Pfizer vaccine effectiveness for children

New research shows Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15.

  Huntsville Vaccine Initiative: Helping people find a COVID vaccine appointment

Do you or someone you know need help setting up a COVID vaccine appointment? The Huntsville Vaccine Initiative is here to help!

Gov. Ivey to make announcement on vaccine rollout Friday

Governor Ivey will make an announcement on Alabama's vaccine rollout from Wilcox County Friday morning

  Many North Alabama school districts will continue requiring masks after mandate expires

“My girls, personally, they want to wear the mask, they get upset when they see kids not properly wearing their mask. So I think they would’ve wanted to voluntarily continue wearing the mask."

  Deadline approaching to maintain COVID-19 unemployment benefits

We are coming up on one year since the shut down first happened, meaning many people who lost their jobs need to file a new claim.

Calhoun Community College sending stimulus payments to all students

Every student enrolled right now at Calhoun Community College is about to see hundreds of dollars hit their bank accounts.

UNA has more vaccine appointments available!

UNA has more vaccine appointments available!

  Huntsville officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

  Know the difference between allergy and COVID symptoms

If you aren’t feeling your best these days the first thing on everyone’s mind is that you might have COVID-19. But, spring is here and many are starting to feel the effects of allergies. The question is- how can you differentiate the symptoms of COVID and seasonal allergies?

  ADPH hopes to increase vaccine equity with Russellville mass vaccination clinic

Starting Wednesday, a mass vaccination site is set to start in Russellville.

  Eviction moratorium extended; Alabamians awaiting rental relief checks

The relief is there, but Huntsville Attorney Sarah Taggart tells us getting the checks in the hands of the landlords takes time.

  “Alabama Apart Together” providing free helpline to cope with COVID

Anyone needing a supportive, listening ear is encouraged to call 1-888-442-1793.

  Traveling nurse returns to Huntsville, shares her pandemic experience

Jessica Upton says the job was emotional... and at times... dark.

COVID-19 vaccine registration helplines offered in Decatur

Do you know someone who needs help registering for their vaccine appointment? The City of Decatur has several community helplines to register you for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Unemployment drops to pre-pandemic levels in the Shoals

The Unemployment Rate in the Shoals has dropped back to where it was before the COVID-19 pandemic shocked the job market.

  Women 4 Women OBGYN: COVID-19 vaccine antibodies can be transferred to baby from mother

Dr. Harkess says getting the vaccine will likely protect more than just yourself.

  Cullman Regional launches online appointment scheduling

A new way to book your COVID-19 vaccines for those in Cullman County.

Gov. Ivey standing by decision to end mask order, despite Biden’s request

“As Governor Ivey has previously stated, Alabama’s mask mandate ends April 9,” said Press Secretary Gina Maiola.

Large-scale COVID vaccine clinic coming to Franklin county

Beginning March 29, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is holding drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Colbert and Franklin counties for those who qualify for vaccine.

  Space Camp sold out; Space & Rocket Center will continue requiring masks

CEO and executive director Dr. Kimberly Robinson tells us due to being at half capacity, they are already completely sold out.

  Chad’s Payless Pharmacy in Florence will give COVID vaccines this weekend

Chad’s Payless Pharmacy will be giving out 1,000 doses of the vaccine this weekend.

  State Health Officer updates latest on Alabama vaccination efforts

See the latest updates on COVID-19 from Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris

  Huntsville Mayor says mask mandate will expire in Madison Co. April 9

Beginning April 9th, Madison County will follow along with the Governor’s plan to allow the mask mandate to end.

  Organization tests kids for COVID-19 for free in Madison

With no COVID-19 vaccine available right now for children, testing for the virus plays a big factor in their health and reducing the spread.

  WATCH: Huntsville officials issue latest COVID-19 update

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

  BamaTracker working to simplify vaccine search

One Alabama woman tweeted BamaTracker a thank you message after the site helped her father find a vaccine.

COVID vaccine available again at Helen Keller Hospital

The new shipment comes months after the hospital initially ran out of first does of the vaccine back in January.

  Local assisted living facility begins loosening restrictions, allowing visitors inside

It's been more than 100 days since Huntsville Health and Rehabilitation has a positive case in the facility.

  Morgan County health officials happy with new vaccine eligibility group

“By opening it up to that population it will definitely help us keep the hospitalizations down and hopefully the deaths,” Decatur-Morgan Hospital President said.

Gov. Ivey amends classroom guidelines in Safer at Home Order to align with latest CDC recommendations

The change comes from a new recommendation from the CDC.

11 National Guard Soldiers transporting vaccines held at gunpoint in West Texas, suspect arrested

An Arizona man has been arrested after he cut off and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Matador, Texas around 7 a.m. this morning, according to Idalou Police.

  Decatur officials update latest on COVID-19

The latest from Decatur on Monday

  When will schools implement new CDC guidelines?

Today, new guidelines for schools around the country are going into effect from the CDC. The biggest change, students can now sit 3 feet apart instead of 6 if they keep the mask on. These recommendations can go into effect today, but that that doesn’t necessarily mean they will.

COVID-19 in Alabama: 279 new confirmed cases on Sunday

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

  Community leaders work to bridge the gap in Alabama areas lacking access to COVID-19 vaccines

Shoals community leaders working to bridge the gap in communities that lack access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Alabama A&M University opens COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Community members can get the Moderna vaccine at the University’s Health and Wellness Center, located on the corner of Meridian Street and Chase Road.

  Health care workers detail pandemic experience in Huntsville

Healthcare workers in Alabama are the real heroes this past year. They’ve treated tens of thousands of COVID-19 patients. Every day is different, and every day has difficulties.

  One of Alabama’s first COVID-19 patients, a Huntsville doctor, remembers fight for survival

Physicians like Crestwood Medical Center’s Dr. John Wisda were directly in COVID’s cross hairs when the virus first appeared in Alabama.