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Health Officials offer recommendations for gathering during the holidays

Health Officials offer recommendations for gathering during the holidays

Health officials warn against Christmas gatherings By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - State Health officials are worried about what will happen to hospitals if people gather for the holiday. With the state’s percent positivity rate more than 15% and hospitalizations at the highest, Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department said people should take this as a lesson going into the next holiday. She said you should not gather with anyone outside of your home. She said if you do, the smaller the group the better. She said in your group, try keeping your masks on, even inside or try to stay...

December 12, 2020
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Birmingham woman raising 12 children after her sister unexpectedly died from COVID-19

Birmingham woman raising 12 children after her sister unexpectedly died from COVID-19

Local family dealing with COVID-19 By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham resident Francesca McCall is now taking care of 12 children, after losing her younger sister to COVID-19. “It just seems like it’s not real,” McCall said. “We are just expecting her to come back.” It’s been just over two months since McCall lost her younger sister, Chantale McCall, to COVID-19. “She was in the healthcare field and she did all the precautions,” McCall said. “She wore the mask. She wore the gloves. She was very very careful, so we have no idea how she came into contact,” McCall said. 35-year-old...

November 30, 2020
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Alabama State Fair adds extra security measures after night of chaos

Alabama State Fair adds extra security measures after night of chaos

New security measures at Alabama State Fair By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama State fair is ramping up security after a night of violence that caused the fair to be evacuated and close early. “All of the sudden, a bunch of police officers just come over here barging and like shooing us away,” fair guest Detaisa Herron said. "I was pretty scared. When we were in line, I just wanted a funnel cake, and I thought we were going to get arrested or something for just standing in line.” Around 10 o’clock Saturday night, September 19, “There were no guns," State Fair Director Mark Lovell...

September 21, 2020
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Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes

Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes

“Do you believe that you are one of the most powerful people on Earth right now?” Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s C.E.O., was quick to deflect. “No,” he laughed. “Everything that has made Twitter powerful has come from the people using it.” That was one of the first questions that Michael asked Mr. Dorsey in a wide-ranging interview on the role of his platform in shaping public discourse and beliefs in America. The conversation that followed probed the limits, dangers and responsibilities of that role — revealing just how complicated the struggle against misinformation and polarization on social...

August 7, 2020
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American Red Cross of Alabama not seeing convalescent plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients

American Red Cross of Alabama not seeing convalescent plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients

By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - With more than 80,000 confirmed positive Coronavirus cases across the state, doctors are pushing for recovered patients to donate plasma. More than 32,000 people in the state have recovered from COVID-19, but The American Red Cross of Alabama- Mississippi says they haven’t even seen a fraction of those patients come in to donate convalescent plasma. The American Red Cross of Alabama- Mississippi Spokesperson, Annette Rowland, said recovered Coronavirus plasma has antibodies that could help people with severe cases of COVID-19. It’s called convalescent plasma....

July 30, 2020
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