These 3 got COVID in Birmingham—what they want you to know

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Before they got engaged, they got COVID. Photo via John Niblett

We wanted to hear from Birmingham residents what their experience with COVID was like, so we reached out and asked y’all to share your stories. We spoke to three different people who each had a relatively mild case. Here’s what they said.

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Want to get tested for COVID in Birmingham? What it’s like + what you need to know

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“This won’t hurt a bit…” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

As COVID cases in and around Birmingham continue to rise, more of us will have the opportunity to get tested. After getting a notice that we’d been around someone who tested positive, my husband and I decided to get tested. Here’s what it was like and what you need to know if you need to get tested.

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Tax Day 2020 is July 15. What you need to know, from a Samford tax expert

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Are you ready for Tax Day 2020? Photo via Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Back in April, there was much rejoicing when Tax Day 2020 was postponed ‘till July 15. At the time, we wrote this story, based on information from a local CPA and Samford Brock School of Business instructor Cam Pearce. Now we’re back—Cam Pearce was kind enough to grant us an exclusive interview about the looming July 15 tax deadline. Here’s what you need to know.

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5 things you need to know about COVID contact tracers, including how to be one

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That dark color across most of the state means case numbers are high. Graphic via Alabama Department of Public Health

As numbers of COVID-19 cases in and around Birmingham continue to rise, we’ll probably all hear more about contact tracing. Contact tracers are part of the public health network designed to help stop chains of disease transmission. Find out why this matters and what to do if you’d like to become one.

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5 best kid-friendly pantry hacks in Birmingham [PHOTOS]

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Can you imagine if this was your kitchen pantry? Photo via Closets by Design’s Facebook

If you have kids, you’re probably feeling a little more chaos than normal in your home right now.  Kids grabbing for lunch or snacks and parents yelling ‘not that’ between other duties can generate even more stress.  It’s probably become very obvious what is—and isn’t—working for you in your kitchen pantry. With some help from the folks at Closets by Design Central Alabama, we put together some pantry hacks that are sure to keep everyone in your home happy.

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All signs say: The World Games 2022 Birmingham are coming

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Legion Field has a brand new big sign. Photo courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

Back during the Before Times, all of Birmingham was starting to get excited about the coming of The World Games 2021. But then everything turned upside down, and now, we’re excited to let you know that The World Games 2022 Birmingham is on the way. How do we know? All the signs say so.

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COVID-19 called 3 Birminghamians to NYC. This is their story

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Megan Drummons and Stephanie Stover working in NYC. Photo via Stephanie Stover

Around the time many of us started #shelteringinplace, some of our Birmingham-area neighbors heard the call to service on the COVID-19 frontlines in New York City. We’ve got one really fun video from a Birmingham-based travel nurse and the personal stories of three others who answered the call. Keep reading for all the details. 

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Black Lives Matter street mural finished in 2 days, just in time for Juneteenth (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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Black Lives Matter, a new street mural in front of Railroad Park. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the eve of Juneteenth, a diverse group of Birmingham activist, artists and volunteers completed a street mural stating “Black Lives Matter” right in front of Railroad Park, the award-winning city park that was designed to bring Birmingham together for a future that looks different from our past.

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Support Birmingham literacy. Drink good beer. Here’s how

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Doug Brown, Back Forty Beer Company Birmingham, Devon Frazier, Founder, I See Me, Inc., Kamonte Kelly, Board Chair, I See Me, Inc. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Beer and a good cause. Yesterday, Back Forty Birmingham teamed up with I See Me, Inc. to label, bottle and cap “Bridge to Hope,” a new small-batch beer that’s supporting a big mission in our community. I See Me, Inc. is a nonprofit that aims to stop the school-to-prison pipeline through literacy. Keep reading for all the details.

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How strong is Birmingham’s housing market right now?

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Home sweet home? Photo via ARC Realty’s website

Before COVID-19 hit the Birmingham area, the local housing market was blazing hot. Then things shifted, and by the end of May, closings were down 31.3% from the previous year. We talked to ARC Realty’s Beau Bevis and John Perry to get the latest on Birmingham’s surprisingly resilient housing market. Keep reading to discover what we learned or reach out to ARC directly if you know you’re ready to sell, buy or look.

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Birmingham startups in the news—great jobs, networking + biz dev resources

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Build UP is a nonprofit startup that’s on the move. Photo via Build UP’s Facebook page

If you’re wondering what’s been happening in Birmingham’s startup scene, the answer is…a lot! Keep reading to find out about one local startup featured in The Hustle, four startups focused on jobs, networking and training, two new business incubators and a local startup that’s democratizing storage space. 

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11 ways to enjoy a beautiful day at Railroad Park

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Railroad Park is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day. Photo via Railroad Park’s Facebook page

You’ve got a day to spend in Birmingham and Railroad Park is at the top of your list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to capture those great mems for the ‘gram and sample some of Birmingham’s best offerings.  Keep reading to find our top picks for 11 ways to enjoy a beautiful day at Railroad Park. 

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5 reasons early-stage career women in Birmingham need to know about Momentum’s Upward program

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Sarena Martinez, City of Birmingham with Andrea McCaskey of Momentum and Nikia Hackworth, BBVA. Photo courtesy of Momentum

Are you an early-stage career woman in the Birmingham area? If you’re wanting to grow yourself, your leadership skills, and your network, you need to know about Momentum’s Upward Program. We reached out to seven women involved with the program to find out more. Already know you want to participate? Applications open up June 15.

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3 unique restaurants on the way to Center Point, Gardendale + Pelham

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This food is making me hungry. Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

If you haven’t noticed by now, we get pretty excited about food here at Bham Now. Today we come bearing news of three new restaurants outside of downtown Birmingham. Here’s what’s coming soon: Center Point—hot dogs, Gardendale—ribs + chicken + Pelham—tamales. Keep reading for all the details.

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