Shelter-in-Place extended in Birmingham. Only walking, running and biking allowed in parks.

Rhodes Park in the Highland Park Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

At the request of Mayor Randall Woodfin, the Birmingham City Council extended the city’s current shelter-in-place ordinance to April 30. 

“Shelter in place simply means stay at home, don’t go out except for essentials,” stated Woodfin at the March 3rd news conference. “Now each of us have a responsibility and a duty to our families, neighbors and communities to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

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Birmingham is behind neighboring cities in 2020 Census response. Can we catch-up? Yes.

I responded to my 2020 Census letter, you can too! Birmingham is counting on you. Photo of Bham Now Content Director Pat Byington by Bham Now

Maybe it is life without my beloved Birmingham Legion, F.C., but when I saw the latest 2020 U.S. Census response rate broken down, city by city in the Birmingham metro area, my blood boiled and I felt a little competitive.

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham dedicating $1 million toward COVID-19 grants

In June 2019, the Community Foundation’s Instruments of Hope Unity Fund held a productive and ground-breaking discussion about race and religion at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo credit: D. Jerome Smedley

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham announced it is making available grants to organizations providing critical services and economic assistance in the Birmingham region. 

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What you can do to protect Alabama’s natural health and beauty

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Planting native trees at East Lake Park in 2018. Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

From our previous two stories in this series, we looked at how Alabama’s changing climate is giving us more extreme weather and pests.  In this, our final installment, we’ll share an important way you can help protect our communities and beautify our surroundings.

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Former Trinity Medical Center to become “Arbor Terrace” a $200 million development

Screenshot of the rendering of Arbor Terrace. The new $20o million multi-use development is located on the  former site of the Trinity/Baptist Montclair Medical Center off Montclair Road in Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Metro LLC

Almost five years after it was vacated, the former Trinity/Baptist Montclair Medical Center site is slated to be transformed into a multi-use campus. The new $200 million project inside Birmingham’s city limits will include corporate headquarters, residential, medical and community-oriented retail and café spaces.

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Meals on Wheels filled the pantries of over 1100 vulnerable seniors in JeffCo

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United Way staff and volunteers load boxes with three weeks worth of supplies for Meals on Wheels clients. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way Meals on Wheels program is delivering three-weeks of shelf-stable meals to homebound seniors in Jefferson County.

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Please help. Physician Moms PPE Drive this weekend, more homemade masks needed

Volunteers at the Physicians Mom group mask and PPE Drive at the Homewood Library, on March 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kellie Tapley

Birmingham, while you shelter in place  this weekend, here are three projects you can work on to help combat COVID-19 here in the Magic City and Alabama.

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Birmingham enacts first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat COVID-19 in Alabama

“Evidence is overwhelming that Jefferson County and beyond has been experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19.” ~ Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of the UAB Emergency Management Comittee at March 24, 2020 news conference with the City of Birmingham. Screenshot of the news conference on YouTube taken by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council approved the first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Alabama. The order goes into effect immediately and runs until April 3.

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Birmingham mobilizes to sew handmade masks for healthcare heroes (see 29 photos)

Here are our masks! Made by my wife Kathleen Rose-Byington. Photo courtesy of Pat Byington (in the photo) for Bham Now

During World War I, the United States was so ill-prepared to go to war, we didn’t have enough socks, mittens, sweaters and yes – even bandages. Back then, the American Red Cross organized knitting drives in almost every small and large town in the nation to adequately equip our brave soldiers.

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JeffCO Department of Health orders retail and salons to close to combat COVID-19

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Kate Pollard, Salon Blonde. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

In a stern message last night, Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson  announced that he was amending his March 19th public health order to include the closing of non-essential retail stores, barbershops and hair salons by today at 5:00pm.

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“Physician moms” holding masks and PPE Drive at Homewood Library, Sun. March 22, 9-3

Volunteers at the Physicians Mom group mask and PPE Drive at the Homewood Library, on March 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kellie Tapley

Looking for a way to help health care professionals prepare for the COVID-19 crisis? Support a mask and PPE  (Personal Protection Equipment) Drive this Sunday, March 22, 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Homewood Library – 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209.

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Statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund launched in response to COVID-19

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh announced the establishment of the United Way Community Crisis Fund to address the COVID-19 outbreak on march 20, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In a news conference this morning, United Way of Central Alabama’s President and CEO Drew Langloh, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, introduced the establishment of a statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund.

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