COVID-19

President Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden has informed Congress that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after…

New COVID strain XBB.1.5 is now most prominent strain

With a new COVID strain getting around the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says now is the time to get up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccine and the new bivalent boosters are important for your maximum protection…

Long COVID: Could mono virus or fat cells be playing roles?

The Associated Press A British historian, an Italian archaeologist and an American preschool teacher share a prominent pandemic bond: They’re each credited with describing, naming and helping bring long COVID into the public’s consciousness in early 2020. They all still…

ADPH: Make a COVID booster part of your holiday to-do list

The Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging residents to get up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, especially as the holidays get into full swing. Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they're symptomless. If you're visiting family,…

US renews push for COVID boosters as data show they protect

The Associated Press Americans who have gotten the updated COVID-19 boosters appear better protected against symptomatic infection than those who haven't - at least for now. That's according to a first look at the new shots' real-world effectiveness, released Tuesday…

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. regulators have authorized updated COVID-19 boosters, the first to directly target today's most common omicron strain. The move on Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival…

ADPH: Schools should follow CDC guidance on COVID

The Alabama Department of Public Health is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new COVID-19 recommendations for schools and updated quarantine and isolation guidance for adults. The CDC has relaxed its COVID-19 guidance for people who are exposed…

WHO: COVID-19 deaths fall overall by 9%, infections stable

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization says in its latest weekly pandemic report that the number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday there…

Person shot at gas station this morning in Tuscaloosa

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating after a victim was shot in the leg this morning. It happened around 6 a.m. at the Chevron gas station at 1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Investigators said the shooting happened during…

New omicron variant cases on the rise in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health is warning residents that COVID-19 cases are climbing across the U.S. A new Omicron subvariant called BA.5 is responsible for nearly 65% of current COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

DCH tightening visitor rules in wake of COVID increase

A recent spike in COVID-19 cases around West Alabama means DCH Regional Medical Center and the DCH Health System are adjusting visitor policies. DCH Marketing and Communications Vice President Andy North said the system is being proactive so their patients…

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline. More than 130 people are being treated statewide for the first time since March. State statistics show hospitalizations…

COVID booster approved for children as young as 5

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending children between ages 5 and 11 get a COVID-19 booster shot. That recommendation comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved…

New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

By JAY REEVES Associated Press THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A handful of U.S. hospitals are facing a financial crisis that officials say was caused by the federal government's rules for pandemic relief money. A trio of hospitals in Alabama, Kansas…

A million empty spaces: Chronicling COVID's cruel US toll

By ADAM GELLER, CARLA K. JOHNSON and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus will soon surpass 1 million. Through wave after wave, the virus has compiled a merciless chronology of loss -- one by one…

DCH reports few COVID cases as numbers decrease

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to decrease after the ongoing years-long battle. Currently, there are five or fewer COVID-19 inpatients being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center, and numbers are…

Alabama COVID-19 hospitalizations at low for pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Fewer people are being treated for COVID-19 in Alabama hospitals than at any time since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Statistics show just 90 people statewide were hospitalized with the coronavirus Friday. That…