COVID-19 Coverage

LOCAL BUSINESS CREATES SHIRT TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES

Small businesses are really feeling the impact of the coronavirus, which prompted local printing business Swag to lend a helping hand. Owner Laura Beth Agee said she noticed business decreasing around the city because of the virus, and with the help of her staff and husband came up with the Support Small Initiative. Any small

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TUSCALOOSA MAYOR’S VIRTUAL TOWN HALL, ABBREVIATED

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox hosted a virtual town hall meeting this afternoon with several guests from around the city. Here’s an abbreviated roundup of the meeting’s questions and answers. On feeding students while school’s out First off, Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria addressed school food programs for the city and county, along with information

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ALABAMA REPORTS 3 NEW VIRUS CASES AS NEW LIMITS TAKE HOLD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is reporting three additional cases of the new coronavirus as another state vehicle factory prepares to close and new rules take effect to limit contact between people. State health officials say Alabama’s total number of confirmed cases rose to 81 Friday, up from 78 a day earlier. Almost half the

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WALKER COUNTY HOSTS FEEDING PROGRAM FOR THOSE IN NEED

Sites throughout Walker County began offering meals to families in need Thursday. The Walker County Community Feeding Program has been launched to help children, seniors and others who have limited access to food during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those in need will receive a hot meal on a first-come, first-served basis from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30

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PETS STILL NEED HOMES, AND SHELTERS ARE STILL OPEN

If you need a little help handling the isolation of self-distancing, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter has you covered. Adopting or fostering a pet in need is a great way to pass the time and find a reason to get outdoors and exercise, said Thomas Sahm with the shelter. “If you’re by yourself it’s great

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SALONS, BARBERSHOPS CAN CONTINUE SERVING CLIENTS AMID MASS SHUTDOWN

While the Alabama Department of Public Health originally suggested all salons around the state would be required to close until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has since amended its decision. Unless prohibited by local authorities, barber shops and salons can continue operating, according to the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. Salons

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DON’T BE FOOLED: COVID-19 FEARS MAKE ANOTHER TARGET FOR SCAMMERS

When people are at their most vulnerable, scammers are never in short supply. The coronavirus outbreak has proved no exception. The Better Business Bureau has already been notified of several big scams regarding the pandemic. In Alabama, there’s been a text message going around citing confirmed cases in Mobile, with a link for more information.

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TUSCALOOSA POLICE DEPARTMENT CLOSES SEVERAL PRECINCTS TO KEEP CORONAVIRUS AT BAY

The Tuscaloosa Police Department has temporarily closed three of its precincts to the public in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Closing the precincts will help limit officers to potential exposure of COVID-19 and will increase the number of patrol officers, according to the city. “They are disinfecting and sanitizing their cars, they’re making sure

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ALABAMA ATHLETES ARE HURTING WITH SUDDEN LOSS OF SPORTS

Stopping the spread of coronavirus is more important than sports, but University of Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne said that doesn’t make the athletes feel any better about their sudden change in spring plans. Byrne hosted a news conference Thursday, addressing the impact the coronavirus has had on his staff and student athletes who had

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TUSCALOOSA CITY, COUNTY SCHOOLS PARTNER TO FEED CHILDREN IN NEED

The Tuscaloosa city and county school systems are doing what they can to keep providing meals to students while schools are closed because of COVID-19 concerns. Tuscaloosa City Schools is serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alberta School of Performing Arts, Central High School, Northridge Middle School, Skyland Elementary School, Westlawn

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THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS? DCH IS STILL DOING DRIVE-THRU SCREENINGS

DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is still offering coronavirus screenings, and by Thursday hospital officials say they’re finding ways to become even more efficient. If you think you have symptoms and head to the testing facility across the street from DCH on Dr. Edward Hillard Drive, medical personnel will begin by asking what your

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COVID-19 IN ALABAMA: 78 CASES AS OF THURSDAY

In Alabama and around the country, the coronavirus is continuing to spread while residents hunker down and stay home or do their best to keep healthy. On Thursday, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama jumped to 78 cases, from 68 the day before. Tuscaloosa County makes up four of those. Jefferson County has

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NEW STATEWIDE RULES CLOSE RESTAURANTS, BEACHES, CHILD CARE CENTERS

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health today issued a statewide health order in support of Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Statewide through April 5: All gatherings of 25 people or more, or gatherings that cannot maintain a consistent 6-foot distance between people are prohibited. This applies

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MADDOX HOSTING TOWN HALL EVENT FRIDAY ON FACEBOOK

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is hosting a community town hall event Friday at 3 p.m., but instead of a physical location the event will be streamed on the city’s Facebook page. Maddox will be answering questions submitted by residents during the event regarding coronavirus efforts in Tuscaloosa. Questions can be submitted through an online form

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AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE SWAPS TO LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE FOR COVID-19’S MOST VULNERABLE

The Tuscaloosa Scuttle Shuttle is a service that usually transports customers to and from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, but they’ve ceased normal operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While their regular business is closed, CEO and founder Alison Hudnall said her drivers aren’t out of work. In fact, they’re serving a much higher purpose.

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RAMA JAMA’S STAYING OPEN TO SUPPORT BRYANT-DENNY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

One of Tuscaloosa’s most iconic restaurants is adjusting a few things so they can best serve patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rama Jama’s Founder Gary Lewis said they’re serving curbside orders instead of dine-in to their biggest supporters during this time. “The main reason that we did it under the circumstances that we’re under now

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PARKS WILL BE CLOSING FROM DUSK TO DAWN IN TUSCALOOSA

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has ordered all city parks to be closed daily from dusk until dawn. The executive order went into effect Wednesday, and city departments are helping the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority block entry into city-owned parks during the closures. In addition, park rangers will be patrolling parks during the day

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: REMEMBER OTHERS AND FOLLOW GUIDELINES

WVUA 23 caught up with several members of the Tuscaloosa City Council to get their thoughts on the city’s efforts curbing the spread of COVID-19. “I think right now during this unprecedented time in Tuscaloosa’s history, it’s very important that residents remember to pay attention and adhere to all guidelines whether they’re from the Centers

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NEED A MEAL? AMERICAN LUNCH FOOD TRUCK IS HANDING THEM OUT, NO QUESTIONS ASKED

If you’re in need of a hearty lunch this week or in the weeks to come, keep your eyes out for the American Lunch food truck. The nonprofit truck run by the owners of Five restaurant and Chuck’s Fish will be parked in front of Five. Anyone needing a meal can get one for free,

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WEST ALABAMA FOOD BANK RAMPING UP EFFORTS

The West Alabama Food Bank is still open and still serving those in need, but they need your help ensuring there’s enough food to go around. As schools and businesses close, many residents in the nine counties the food bank serves are struggling with providing for the immediate needs of their family. That’s especially true

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ALABAMA DELAYS MARCH 31 GOP SENATE RUNOFF TO JULY 14

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama is postponing its Republican U.S. Senate runoff between Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville because of the coronavirus. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday that the March 31 runoff is being rescheduled to July 14 because it’s too risky for voters

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MEALS ON WHEELS CONTINUES MISSION DURING OUTBREAK

Meals on Wheels‘ mission is delivering hot meals to people who are home bound and cannot prepare meals for themselves. With recent restrictions on travel and gatherings across the country because of the coronavirus, more people are needing their services now than ever. The organization plans to deliver meals Monday through Friday between 11 a.m.

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DOLLAR GENERAL DEDICATING FIRST HOUR OF SHOPPING FOR SENIORS

Dollar General will start dedicating their first hour of operations to senior citizens starting Tuesday. From 8 to 9 a.m., all Dollar General stores will be dedicated to seniors since they are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. “It will give us a chance to get in and out,” said Paul Young. “If they give

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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CANCELING IN-PERSON COMMENCEMENT

University of Alabama students graduating in May will not be walking across the stage in Coleman Coliseum like students in years past. The University of Alabama this afternoon released guidelines for the rest of the semester, detailing how students will be retrieving their belongings from on-campus housing but are otherwise not allowed back on campus

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