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COVID-19 cases decline, but state braces for school impact

Aug. 5, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials say they are cautiously optimistic that Alabama is seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, but warned that the number of cases will likely rise as students return to campus this month. The reported number of daily COVID-19 cases this week fell to under 1,000. The state...

Virus testing sites for Alabama college students opening

Aug. 3, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than a dozen sites are opening across Alabama to test about 200,000 students before they head to college and university campuses statewide, officials said Monday, but the program will help stem the spread of the new coronavirus only if students abide by guidelines at school....

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, right, and State Health Officer Scott Harris announce the extension of a state order requiring face masks in public during a press conference, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Montgomery, Alabama. Ivey extended a state order requiring face coverings in public for another month and expanded it to include students in grade 2 and above in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 as schools reopen. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Alabama governor extends mask order, requires for students

Jul. 29, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday extended a state order requiring face coverings in public for another month and expanded it to include students in second grade and above in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 as schools reopen. Ivey's action, announced during a Capitol news...

Hospitals urge Alabama Gov. Ivey to extend mask order

Jul. 28, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hospitals are urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a statewide face mask order as the state continues to see high numbers of coronavirus cases. Ivey is expected to announce this week whether she will extend the face covering mandate and other health orders that are set to expire...

State seeks to dismiss suit challenging Alabama mask order

Jul. 27, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legality of a statewide order to wear face coverings in public places to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Real estate agent Debbie Mathis and retired sheriff's Deputies Larry Lewis...

Alabama reports daily case record; more schools to go online

Jul. 23, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama reported more than 2,200 new coronavirus cases Thursday— the highest single-day increase in cases — as health officials cautioned it will take a few weeks to see the effect of a statewide mask order. The spike came after several days of declining case numbers...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey wears an Auburn University mask as she arrives to announce a statewide mask order during a news conference in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama to require face masks as coronavirus surges in state

Jul. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will begin requiring face masks in public as health officials try to quell a surge of new coronavirus cases that is filling up hospitals, Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday. In an announcement made a day after the state reported a pandemic-high of 40 deaths in a single day,...

Restaurant workers Alvyn Lopez, left, and Maria Lindo watch for customers as they stand outside Aura at Books & Books, Monday, July 6, 2020, on Miami Beach, Florida's famed Lincoln Road. In Miami-Dade County, population 2.7 million, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered the closing of restaurants and certain other indoor places, including vacation rentals, seven weeks after they were allowed to reopen. Beaches will reopen on Tuesday after being closed over the weekend. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Jul. 6, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hospitals rapidly approached capacity across the Sunbelt, and the Miami area closed indoor dining at restaurants and gyms again because of the surging coronavirus Monday, as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and beach outings that health officials fear...

COVID-19 hospitalizations top 1,000 as doctors urge masks

Jul. 6, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Alabama hospitals rose to a new high of 1,000 Monday as health officials continued to urge people to wear masks and take precautions amid an uptick in cases. “We set a record for highs over the holiday weekend, and of course, given the...

Will Boyd kneels at the grave of a family member who died after contracting the coronavirus, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Montgomery, Ala. He says his family has lost multiple family members to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Health officials fear virus surge after July 4 celebrations

Jul. 4, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After a surge in coronavirus cases following Memorial Day, doctors and public health experts fear Alabama will see another spike after this weekend’s July Fourth holiday celebrations. “Fourth of July is very worrisome,” State Health Officer Scott Harris said....