COVID-19

CDC ends testing mandate for flights to the United States

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick The Centers for Disease Control ended its mandate requiring travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries to be tested for COVID-19. According to a Tuesday press release, air passengers no longer…

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…

COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary…

Alabama virus hospitalizations lowest since pandemic start

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama has dropped to the lowest point since the earliest days of the pandemic. State statistics show just 156 people statewide were being treated for the illness caused…

DCH reports lowest number of positive COVID cases since April

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Although the COVID-19 virus is still relevant in our lives, the number of people who have tested positive for the virus has decreased significantly. DCH Health System Vice President of Communications and Marketing…

Virus hospitalizations at lowest point in Alabama since 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at their lowest point in Alabama since late 2021 in another sign that the latest wave of illness is loosening its grip. Statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health show 535…

Alabama students stay hopeful as mask mandate nears end

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The University of Alabama announced on Feb. 15 that it's ending the mask mandate for indoor locations and will be effective starting Monday, Feb. 21. UA said it's ending the mandate because of…

How could new omicron variant impact West Alabama?

Although hospital numbers around the country continue decreasing, state health officials think staying on guard and prepared is imperative, especially considering the rise of the . "Just because you've had positive movement one day or over a couple of days,…

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…