Latest Scott Harris Friedman News

Dr. Deborah Birx, a high-ranking member of President Trump's coronavirus response team, exits Sid McDonald Hall to conduct a press conference at the University of Alabama Friday Sept. 11, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Labor Day holiday has yet to lead to virus surge in Alabama

Sep. 22, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A feared increase in Alabama's coronavirus caseload after Labor Day get-togethers has yet to materialize two weeks after the holiday, leaving health officials cautiously optimistic. While new cases are being confirmed daily and about 240 people have died of COVID-19 since the first...

Alabama college students sanctioned for COVID violations

Sep. 10, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — More than 600 students at the University of Alabama have been sanctioned — including 33 who were effectively suspended — for violating rules intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases on campus, a school spokesman said Thursday. The university had issued 639...

Daniel Hawkins, manager of the Rising Sun Tavern, inspects the property in Fredericksburg, Va. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

Pandemic hobbles Fredericksburg area museums

Sep. 6, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — In a normal year, the Fredericksburg Area Museum uses funds raised during its summer programming—such as the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series—to pay staff salaries for the months of October, November and December. This year, because of COVID-19, there was no...

A worker at a coronavirus testing site in Hoover, Ala., speaks with someone through a car window on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The torrid coronavirus summer across the Sun Belt is easing after two disastrous months that brought more than 35,000 deaths. Alabama is the only state in the region to see rises in the numbers of new deaths, new cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus. (AP Photos/Jay Reeves)

Labor Day events pose risk of worsening virus in Alabama

Sep. 3, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With Labor Day events meant to attract crowds planned from the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley, health officials fear Alabama's coronavirus outbreak, which is worsening after weeks of improvement, could be exacerbated by gatherings over the long holiday weekend. Secondary...

A resident wears a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus as she speaks on her phone in Beijing on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China nears full re-opening of schools

Aug. 27, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

BEIJING — China began moving into its final weekend before a full re-opening of schools amid continuing measures to prevent any further spread of coronavirus. The country reported just nine new cases on Friday, all brought from outside the country. Hospitals are treating 288 people for COVID-19 and...

Alabama Gov Kay Ivey announces that a statewide mask order will be extended through Oct. 2, 2020 during a press conference at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Ivey said the state is seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases and that the requirement to wear masks will keep the numbers moving downward. (Kim Chandler/Associated Press)

Alabama extends mask order until Oct. 2

Aug. 27, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced she is extending a statewide mask order that she and health officials have credited with reducing COVID-19 cases in the state. The Republican governor said the mask order, which had been set to expire next week, will be extended another...

Hospitals support extension of Alabama mask order

Aug. 26, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hospitals are urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend an order requiring face coverings in public — a directive currently set to expire at the end of this month — as health officials credit the measure for a drop in the state’s COVID-19 cases. “We...

Patrons stand on the Bear Trap's rooftop bar on The Strip, the University of Alabama's bar scene, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. More than 20,000 students returned to campus for the first time since spring break, with numerous school and city codes in effect to limit the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

More than 500 COVID-19 cases reported on Alabama campus

Aug. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has recorded 531 cases of COVID-19 on campus since the fall semester began last week, according to numbers the university system released Tuesday as officials try to clamp down on student parties, bars and other gatherings that could spread the...

Free COVID-19 test sites open, surgeon general urges testing

Aug. 21, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general said Friday that Alabama remains in the “red zone” for COVID-19 spread, but numbers are headed in the right direction, as he and state health officials announced the opening of free testing sites. The testing sites will be open for two weeks and...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...