COVID-19

DCH reports decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

In many parts of the country, COVID-19 hospitalizations are trending downward, and that's in line with what's happening here in West Alabama. DCH Health System Marketing and Communications Vice President…

COVID-19 hospitalizations decline 5% across Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has decreased about 5% in Alabama since last week, a potential sign of improvement in the fight against the pandemic. Statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health showed…

Tuscaloosa City Schools extending mask mandate another 2 weeks

Tuscaloosa City Schools is staying masks-on for at least another two weeks, the system announced today. As of Jan. 28, TCS is reporting a two-week average COVID-19 positive rate of 2.92%. The system's threshold for removing the masking requirement is…

Moderna leader: Staying ahead of variants top priority

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco Moderna's chief medical officer doesn't mince words regarding those who still haven't gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, saying vaccines are the best way to avoid serious complications or even death from the virus. Dr.…

Alabama nursing homes limit restrictions for visitations

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller When the COVID-19 pandemic began, older adults in assisted living were especially vulnerable to serious illness or death from the virus. For months, loved ones weren't able to visit nursing home residents. However,…

Local doctor: lack of COVID vaccine access affecting rural residents

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Kennedy Chase While COVID-19 cases are seeing a decrease in some larger metropolitan areas, rural communities are still being ravaged by the virus. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, more than 57,000 Alabamians have tested positive over the last seven days, and 44% of COVID-19 tests are coming

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Montgomery mayor, state superintendent positive for COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed says he's quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus and developing a mild case of COVID-19. Reed sent a message on social media on Sunday saying he will be fine and encouraging…

Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from group activities. Individual volunteers are shying away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools that regularly supply large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation over virus fears. The

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Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from group activities. Individual volunteers are shying away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools…

Will Omicron Ever End? Health Experts Expect Peak Soon

We're a few months into the Omicron surge, but is there light at the end of the tunnel? Health experts, including Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson said we should be close to the peak. "We are going to…

Tuscaloosa City Schools learning virtually Monday

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua Tuscaloosa City Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 21 and holding a virtual learning day on Monday, Jan. 24. As of Sunday, the system is scheduled to return to classrooms Tuesday, Jan. 25. Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria said why this decision will have a positive impact

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Tuscaloosa City Schools learning virtually Monday

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua Tuscaloosa City Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 21 and holding a virtual learning day on Monday, Jan. 24. As of Sunday, the system is scheduled to return to classrooms Tuesday, Jan. 25.…

Spring 2022 off to a COVID-heavy start at Alabama

The University of Alabama System published its first COVID-19 Dashboard update of the spring 2022 semester on Tuesday. As expected, the numbers are a lot higher than the ones that closed out the fall 2021 semester. According to the dashboard, 358 students and 140 faculty and staff members at the Capstone tested positive for COVID-19

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Alabama reports 498 positive COVID-19 cases since start of spring semester

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Zhoee’ Williams Nearly 500 students, faculty and staff at the University of Alabama were positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the spring semester, the UA System released Tuesday. The data, focused on Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, showed 358 students and 140 faculty and staff with positive test results.

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UAB Doctor: COVID surge may move on soon

By WVUA 23 Student Intern Jeremy Bryant In the midst of another COVID-19 surge, where there have been a record number of cases involving the omicron variant, some people believe the new variant may not be as troublesome as prior ones. Recently, UAB Hospital Epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd said the past few weeks may look

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DCH under strain with staff shortage, long emergency room waits

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller With the rapid spread of the omicron variant, hospitals around the country are struggling to meet the demand for patients requiring tests and treatment while employees also battle COVID-19. At DCH Health System an uptick in hospitalizations is putting a strain on short-staffed doctors and nurses. As of

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Want free COVID tests? You can order some through USPS

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller With the recent shortage of COVID-19 tests because of a spike in cases, the U.S. Postal Service announced that they will be taking orders for at-home test kits starting now. The kits will include four rapid tests per household and will be free of charge to those residing

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Some schools going remote amid COVID absences

Several Tuscaloosa County schools are reopening today after an increase in faculty and student absences forced an abrupt swap to remote learning on Tuesday. In all, Holt, Brookwood, Cottondale and Flatwoods elementary schools, Duncanville Middle School and Lloyd Wood Education Center were closed Tuesday. Tuscaloosa County School System Public Relations Director Terri Brewer said the

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Tuscaloosa County closes 6 schools today over staffing shortages

Six schools within the Tuscaloosa County School System are closed today because of COVID-19 related staffing shortages. In a message sent out Monday, the system said Holt Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Cottondale Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Lloyd Wood Education Center and Duncanville Middle will be closed Tuesday. All other schools in the system remain open. Read the

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