Coronavirus Updates

ADPH: More than 546K COVID-19 cases as 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.

Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance application live

Plummeting Alabama vaccination rate worrying health leaders

  Alabama public health order set to expire May 31; what you need to know

COVID-19 in Alabama: 182 new confirmed cases on Thursday

  Gov. Ivey signs Alabama vaccine passport ban

  Muscle Shoals school district offers students 12 and up COVID-19 vaccine

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Kroger to lift mask mandate

  Some unused vaccine doses in AL could expire soon

Alabama COVID-19 website, Bama Tracker, coming to an end

  Alabama law says kids 14 and older don’t need parent permission to get COVID vaccine

City of Huntsville drops masking, distancing requirements for fully vaccinated

Ivey reacts to CDC mask, social distancing guideline changes

Gov. Ivey expands vaccine eligibility to those 12 and older in Alabama

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine available to individuals age 12 and up.

  Huntsville officials hold COVID-19 community briefing

The latest from Huntsville's COVID response team on Thursday

Mom recovering from COVID-19 at UAB meets newborn son for first time

Dakota Vest-Wright, of Mobile, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 9, 2021, and admitted to the emergency room at a Mobile hospital the following Wednesday. She was transferred to UAB on April 19. She gave birth on April 20.

  Madison County Schools facing more teacher resignations, retirements than usual

Madison County Schools is expected to have more than 200 open positions this Summer.

  Business owners relieved as Gov. Ivey announces end to extra unemployment benefits

Can Alabama help reach President Biden’s goal of 70% with first dose by July 4?

  COVID-19 vaccine may not offer much hope for immunocompromised people

  Some COVID long-hauler symptoms are disappearing after the vaccine

Huntsville City Council Member Bill Kling encourages others to get COVID vaccine

  REPORT: 40% of Alabama residents who died from the virus did not have health insurance

  State Health Officer updates latest on Alabama vaccination efforts

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

Montgomery woman faces COVID-19 loan fraud indictment

A Montgomery woman has been arrested on federal charges that accuse her of committing fraud through the federal CARES Act.

  Huntsville pharmacist says phones “ringing off the hook” with return of J&J vaccine

Haley Jordan, a pharmacist at Chase Pharmacy in Huntsville, said the response they’ve gotten has been mostly positive.

  Thrive Alabama opening new COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Thrive Alabama has opened up a new vaccine clinic in downtown Huntsville.

  How new CDC outdoor masking guidance affects those vaccinated, unvaccinated

The CDC just issued new guidance on masking for those vaccinated and those who aren't.

  CDC, State Health Department give green light for J&J vaccine continuation

Tuesday the Alabama Department of Public Health gave providers the green light to begin giving it out again.

  Health care leaders push for greater vaccine turnout rates amid slowdown of appointments

More than 981,000 Alabamians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But doctors say, the numbers are still much lower than they should be.

  How some employees can get paid time off while getting vaccine

Business owners, keep reading. Your employees may be able to get a day off to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while getting paid.

  Decatur-Morgan Hospital official updates latest on COVID-19

Bryan Vest with Decatur-Morgan Hospital updates the latest on COVID-19

  Huntsville property manager talks rent relief, what to learn from eviction moratorium

James Antoine is a local property manager who throughout the pandemic has worked as a middle man between owners and renters.

  Madison City Schools plan to fight COVID-19 learning loss

Madison City School Chief Financial Officer said they've developed a three pronged plan to get students caught up

  Limestone County walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens Monday

The clinic will be at Emanuel Baptist Church of Highway 72 in Athens. It will be open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  Huntsville state veterans home gets new CDC COVID-19 vaccination program

The “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home can now store and give out COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff in house. This is thanks to a new CDC COVID-19 vaccination program.

  Huntsville woman who got J&J vaccine responds to sudden pause on distribution

We spoke with one local woman who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to see if she was concerned about the pause in use of the vaccine.

  Blood clots potentially linked to the J&J vaccine affected only women

These women have experienced a rare type of blood clot involving the brain, and low platelet counts.

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

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

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

Alabama's State Health Officer updates the latest on the CDC’s new recommendation concerning the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

Children’s of Alabama has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine study site for young children.

Walk-in vaccine appointments available in Boaz Tuesday

Walk-ins are welcome at Marshall County Medical Center South, April 13th, in the Physician’s Office Building from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  Why Limestone County Schools decided to no longer require masks

Superintendent Randy Shearouse says if case numbers stay low, school systems can make more moves towards normal.

Alabama senior centers can reopen beginning April 19

Senior centers are allowed to reopen for indoor activities beginning Monday, April 19, 2021.

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

Huntsville Hospital announced a self-scheduling option for appointments at the Community Vaccination Clinic at John Hunt Park.

Mask requirements for school systems across the Tennessee Valley

School systems across the Tennessee Valley have started to announce plans for masking protocols for students and staff following the expiration of the mandate on April 9.

Masks still mandatory at Huntsville International Airport

If you've got travel plans ahead, masks are still required at Huntsville International Airport!

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

Community Urgent Care Lakeside North in Guntersville has a new shipment of Pfizer vaccines and appointments are available!

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

The clinic will administer the Pfizer vaccine. Those sixteen and older will be eligible to get their shot at this walk-in clinic.

  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?

At the beginning of the week, The Alabama Department of Public Health opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older. But, if you are 16 or 17 your vaccine options are limited.

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

From safer at home to now safer apart. Governor Kay Ivey said it will soon be your personal responsibility to wear a mask.

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

That’s the case in Guntersville at Lakeside Clinic.

  Mass drive-thru vaccine clinic open in Lauderdale County

Mass vaccination drive-thru vaccine clinic open in Lauderdale County

  Shoals funeral home helping locals apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance

Starting April 12, families who lost loved ones during the pandemic can start applying.

  Decatur City Council votes to end local mask mandate

After Alabama’s statewide mask mandate expires on April 9, the city of Decatur will also drop its 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!