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Geneva County has first coronavirus case; but COVID-19 still not reported in all Alabama counties

Geneva County has first coronavirus case; but COVID-19 still not reported in all Alabama counties

By Geneva County has reported its first case of coronavirus, which, until recently would have meant there was at least one case of COVID-19 in every Alabama county.A recent change, however, means there is still one holdout to the virus.Until recently, Perry County was listed as having one case of coronavirus. Alabama Department of Public Health figures now show no cases in Perry County, a Blackbelt county in southwest Alabama. Changes in county totals occur sometimes when a patient’s place of residence is corrected, ADPH spokesperson Arrol Sheehan told . ADPH data shows 90 coronavirus tests...

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April 8, 2020
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Some Alabama coroners think coronavirus claimed lives earlier this winter, others do not

Some Alabama coroners think coronavirus claimed lives earlier this winter, others do not

By Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans believes COVID-19 was likely killing people this winter in her county before it was thought to be in Alabama.“I feel pretty confident it was here. It was here before we knew it was here,” said Evans, who is also a hospital nurse.Reflecting back on the winter, Evans says there was a surge in hospice deaths in her county, as she saw nearly double the roughly 125 from last year. Many of those who died were 65 and older. They died of ailments like acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, COPD and heart failure, causes of death now associated with coronavirus.But...

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April 11, 2020
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Alabama releases official FAQs for individuals, businesses about coronavirus stay at home order

Alabama releases official FAQs for individuals, businesses about coronavirus stay at home order

By Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s Office and the Alabama Department of Public Health this morning released the state’s official answers to the most frequently asked questions by individuals and businesses about the new stay at home order that went into effect 5 p.m. Saturday.The state also released a Spanish version of the order (see below).One document answers the most . The other document answers the most As of 10 a.m. Sunday, , with all but one county (Geneva) reporting a case. There have been 45 reported deaths, of which 31 had been confirmed as being due to COVID-19. by on ScribdNote to...

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April 5, 2020
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Second synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Huntsville

Second synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Huntsville

By and Another synagogue in Huntsville has been targeted by anti-Semitic graffiti.The Chabad of Huntsville, a Jewish house of worship and private home off Governors Drive, was spray-painted with swastikas and racial slurs overnight. It’s the second Jewish facility to be vandalized in the city in as many days. On Wednesday night, as the Jewish Passover holiday began, Etz Chayim, the Conservative synagogue on Bailey Cove Road, was .“We do not condone this,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle at a press conference outside the Chabad this morning. “We are going to make sure we protect our...

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April 10, 2020
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1918 flu pandemic killed more people than Alabama could count: Survivors said heed warnings

1918 flu pandemic killed more people than Alabama could count: Survivors said heed warnings

By The advice recorded from a survivor of the 1918 flu pandemic is chilling in its relevance more than a century later: “Go to your doctor, get your medicine, go home, be sure you’ve got plenty of food and stay there.”Annie Laurie Williams of Selma, who was 91 when the recording was made in 2007 and who died in 2014, was one of five survivors whose stories were recorded by the Alabama Department of Archives and History as a way to teach future generations the dangers of a pandemic.The 1918 influenza pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, sickened an estimated third of the world’s...

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April 4, 2020
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Coronavirus confirmed in six Alabama nursing homes

Coronavirus confirmed in six Alabama nursing homes

By The number of cases of COVID-19 detected in Alabama nursing homes jumped from zero just two weeks ago, to two a week ago, to 8 confirmed cases now spread across six different centers.Two Alabama facilities reported multiple cases: South Haven Health and Rehab in Hoover, where two employees tested positive, and Arbor Springs Health and Rehab in Opelika, where one employee and one resident became infected.According to a statement, the two nurses who tested positive at South Haven Health and Rehab worked on different floors.“The group of residents whom these nursing assistants cared for are...

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March 28, 2020
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Gov. Kay Ivey issues stay-at-home order effective Saturday

Gov. Kay Ivey issues stay-at-home order effective Saturday

By Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris have issued an order for Alabama residents to stay at home except for “essential activities” effective at 5 p.m. on Saturday.The governor announced the update to state measures to control at the Capitol this afternoon.The order states that it will remain in full force and effect until 5 p.m. on April 30. “Prior to 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020, a determination shall be made whether to extend this Order—or, if circumstances permit, to relax this Order.”Ivey said she became convinced that previous efforts to control the pandemic...

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April 3, 2020
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Alabama authorities urge people to ignore KKK-era anti-masking law

Alabama authorities urge people to ignore KKK-era anti-masking law

By A 71-year-old Alabama law prohibiting people from wearing masks in public will not be enforced against those who wear medical masks “covering only the nose and mouth,” Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Office said Wednesday.But at least one civil rights group is concerned. The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, in an email to , said the existence of an anti-masking law “puts people of color in Alabama at further risk of interacting with law enforcement.”Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said that people of color will have to weigh whether to...

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April 9, 2020
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Alabama’s governor went on Twitter for a coronavirus Q&A. It was a disaster.

Alabama’s governor went on Twitter for a coronavirus Q&A. It was a disaster.

By This is an opinion column.On Thursday, Alabama’s governor took to Twitter to answer questions from the public.It did not go well.Kay Ivey was one of 13 governors across the country that took part in a Twitter-sponsored event called #AskTheGov. What followed was a gubernatorial failure of technology Alabama hasn’t seen since Robert Bentley sent his wife Dianne text messages he meant for his love interest, Rebekah. At least, Ivey didn’t use any rose emojis in her online Q&A.Anyone with a Twitter account could ask Ivey whatever was near their hearts. That’s asking for trouble even in normal...

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April 3, 2020
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Alabama football mentioned during Trump coronavirus update: ‘We want 110,000 people there’

Alabama football mentioned during Trump coronavirus update: ‘We want 110,000 people there’

By Alabama football came up during President Trump’s coronavirus task force address.Unveiling a phased approach to reopening the country, Trump said sporting events may return without fans – at least at first. The doors would then be open to some fans before a return to full capacity. While games will be different, Trump said he hopes things will soon return to normal once the virus is eradicated.“Our normal is if you have 100,00 people in an Alabama football game or 110,000 to be specific,” Trump said. “Normal” is not going to be a game where you have 50,000. We want 110,000 people there....

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April 16, 2020
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