Confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to escalate locally and statewide this evening as businesses prepared for state-ordered temporary shutdowns of numerous retailers that take effect Saturday at 5 p.m.
Public access to developed campgrounds, day use areas and dispersed recreation area restrooms throughout Alabama’s Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests is suspended indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
A spokeswoman for the Decatur Morgan Hospital said the facility is presently housing two patients who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and three others have been sent home to be self-quarantined.
Numerous businesses will be required to shut down beginning Saturday after the state today issued a wide-ranging emergency health order.
Alabama's death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic has risen to three, all residents of north Alabama, as officials prepared to announce new steps to limit the spread of the disease in the state.
With Alabama cases of COVID-19 increasing at an accelerating rate, Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday ordered an end to public K-12 classroom instruction for the remainder of the school year.
The number of new unemployment claims has risen dramatically in Alabama this week as people who can't work due to COVID-19 become eligible to file for the benefits, and the state trend follows a record-setting number of jobless claims nationally.
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday directed public schools to finish the academic year with students taking lessons at home through distance learning as the state tries to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Morgan County has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, Limestone has 11 and Lawrence has two, according to Alabama Department of Health data made available at noon today.
A tornado warning Tuesday night for Decatur and northwest Morgan County led to heavy turnout at several storm shelters despite health officials' pleas to avoid crowds for COVID-19 prevention.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Morgan County remained at two in data released this morning by the Alabama Department of Public Health, but cases in Limestone County increased from two to six.
Morgan County remains under a tornado warning until 8 p.m. Tuesday and is under a flood warning until 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.