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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...

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...

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, meets with local media Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., to talk about ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the area. (Chris Ochsner/The Kansas City Star via AP)

The Latest: S. Korea reports largest virus jump since March

Aug. 15, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 279 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, it’s highest daily jump since early March, as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region. The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sunday brought the...

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...

Alabama health officials encouraged by COVID-19 numbers

Aug. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are encouraged by a decline in COVID-19 cases about a month after a state mask order took effect but cautioned that people should not abandon precautions as the state heads to Labor Day gatherings and school openings. “Things are encouraging, at the...

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...

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...