COVID-19

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…

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,…

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…

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.…