Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 1,156 new cases on Saturday

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

  Polaris Huntsville looking to hire 175 workers to meet rising demand

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

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

  Huntsville officials update latest on COVID-19

Spike in Lawrence County COVID-19 deaths causes alarm

  Jury trials in most North Alabama counties still weeks away

Continued Coverage

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

  Huntsville City Schools reopen doors to students

Decatur officials update latest on COVID-19

  High schools forfeit games due to COVID-19

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

  Former employee speaks out about working conditions at Tut Fann

  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

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

Drive-up voter services in north Alabama

  Program connects families with academic coaches for virtual learning

  State health dept. cautions public ahead of Labor Day weekend

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

  Lincoln County Schools giving parents the option to switch back to traditional learning

Lincoln County Director of Schools Dr. Bill Heath said this option is for parents and kids who are having problems with remote learning.

  Movie theaters are reopening - but will people go?

COVID-19 has kept people out of movie theaters and away from indoor group settings, but major movie companies including Cinemark are starting to dim their lights and push play.

  Prinicpal in Russellville City Schools says first few days went smoothly

The school system was one of 8 districts to start the new year on Thursday.

UA prohibits gatherings at on-and off-campus residences, in-person student events

These added directives place stricter access restrictions and prohibit gatherings at on- and off-campus residences and place a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events.

Huntsville Hospital, Thrive Alabama to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing

Testing hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until supplies run out.

  Marshall County nurse passes away from complications of COVID-19

A nurse at Marshall Medical Center South has passed away from complications from COVID-19.

  Auburn freshman reflects on current collegiate experience

The newest class of Auburn Tigers is already getting a taste of the college life, but of course, the freshmen experience looks different this year.

Alabama Department of Public Health releases new COVID-19 updates, guidance

Everyone has a responsibility to help slow the spread of the virus in their homes, workplaces, educational institutions and other places within their communities.

  Arab City Schools starting back Thursday

Today is the start of back to school for Arab City Schools.

  Oakwood University leaders: students taking health guidelines seriously

Leadership at Oakwood University tells WAFF they are doing everything possible to keep a spike from happening.

UAB mask test proves it must be worn properly

Most health leaders say yes - you expect to see more chances of spreading the coronavirus if people don’t wear the mask the way you are supposed to while out in public.

  Multiple COVID-19 cases confirmed at Auburn University

Multiple COVID-19 cases have made their way to Auburn dorm buildings.

  NCAC creates toolkit to assist educators identify possible child abuse and neglect during remote learning

After the closure of schools during the onset of the pandemic, Madison County experienced a 50% drop in child abuse cases reported.

  Madison County Schools administrators asking for patience as school year begins online

There are a lot of changes to how Madison County students will learn online this time around.

LIVE AT NOON: Huntsville officials update COVID-19 latest on Wednesday

The latest from Huntsville on Wednesday

  North Alabama Research Center needs volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine

The North Alabama Research Center in Athens is looking for around 300 volunteers to participate in the Pfizer vaccine trial. Participants will either be given the vaccine, or a placebo.

  Deadline to vote absentee in municipal election getting closer

Alabama is getting ready for it’s second election during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Shoals Community Theater remains closed during COVID-19 pandemic

The piano sits covered. Props no longer in use. The lights turned on just long enough for an interview with Shoals Theatre Manager Steve Price.

  HudsonAlpha invention tests for COVID-19 by coughing

Researches at HudsonAlpha are in the clinical phase for a new way to get tested for COVID-19. It allows you to cough instead of having your nose swabbed.

  State COVID cases on the decline, what do the numbers mean?

The decline happened after Governor Kay Ivey enacted a mandatory mask order in mid-July, according to state health officer Dr. Scott Harris.

  FDA warns you of more dangerous hand sanitizers

The Food and Drug Administration is warning you certain brands of hand sanitizer are contaminated, and can pose major health concerns.

Saban says social distancing and masks aren’t just ‘for the heck of it’

In a media call Monday evening, Coach Nick Saban said he wants students to be considerate for themselves and for others.

  St. John Paul II Catholic High School begins in-person learning

Monday will be used as an orientation day for new students.

  Athens City School students head back to class

About 1/3 of Athens City Schools students opted for remote learning to start the school year.