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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)

Rise in coronavirus cases brings new concerns in Alabama

Jun. 21, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — William Boyd was at the funeral Saturday morning for a relative who had died after contracting the new coronavirus when he got the call with the news. His brother had also passed away from COVID-19. “The virus is real. It’s real. If they don’t know it’s...

The entrance to the H Mart Groceries & More store posts several signs letting customers know that face masks are required to enter the store, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona has increased significantly over the past several weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

US virus outbreaks stir clash over masks, personal freedom

Jun. 17, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China's capital this week, Beijing canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave.” But with cases rising in some U.S. states, local officials have balked at even requiring people to wear masks. In the...

In this May 27, 2020, photo, health care worker Tonya Wilkes adjusts her mask while working at a Lowndes County coronavirus testing site in Hayneville, Ala. Experts say Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama are now facing a “perfect storm” as infections tick up: a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

May. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in...