How to get tested for COVID-19 in Birmingham

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CDC’s laboratory test kit for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo via CDC’s website

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available throughout Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Public Health and several private facilities. Here’s everything you need to know about testing for Coronavirus in Birmingham.

And as always, wash your hands!

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3 Birmingham stories that will put a smile on your face today

We’re pretty good at that around here. Photo via Unsplash

It’s no secret to any local that Birmingham is the Magic City in more ways than one. In the wake of a global pandemic that’s put our whole world on pause, neighbors and strangers alike in Birmingham are being as generous and kind as ever. Read about three of them and focus on the good today.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help 50+ local nonprofits today

Every kind of help matters right now. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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BLOX, based in Bessemer, is developing mobile ICUs to combat COVID-19

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One of BLOX’s recently completed medical facilities. Photo via BLOX

In the ongoing fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus), one of the biggest concerns is whether or not the virus will overpower our healthcare infrastructure. The United States only has a set number of hospital beds—if those are filled, where will additional patients be treated? BLOX, a Bessemer-based company, thinks they have the answer—rapidly deployed mobile ICUs.

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5 unique ways to help Birmingham’s healthcare + hospitality workers now

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Healthcare workers are on the frontlines right now. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We are fortunate that our Magic City is filled with smart, creative people who are finding ways to help Birmingham’s healthcare and hospitality workers now. As you can imagine, both are facing new challenges, for different reasons. Keep reading to find out how you can get involved.

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Single and can’t mingle? Dating in Birmingham during a pandemic + 3 virtual date ideas

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Honestly might just be content with a cute little dog by my side during the quarantine. Photo via The Pizitz Facebook.

Just when we were getting into the swing of a new decade, COVID-19 halted things in the blink of an eye. There’s nothing we can really do about it besides practicing social distancing and slathering on gallons of hand sanitizer. Whether you’re just getting to know someone or social distancing from your long-time partner, there’s still hope. You can still strike up a romance. It just requires a little creativity.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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New Coronavirus testing site opened in downtown Birmingham—here’s what you need to know

The testing site in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham-area hospitals, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of Health have teamed up to offer testing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) starting Monday, March 23.

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Urgent Dental Care offered by Magic City Dentistry and Vestavia Family Dentistry

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Magic City Dentistry and Vestavia Family Dentistry go above and beyond to foster a safe environment. Photo courtesy of Vestavia Family Dentistry

Just because we’re quarantined doesn’t mean that the need for dentists has magically gone away. Toothaches, broken teeth, and other emergency dental situations still exist—that’s why Vestavia Family Dentistry and Magic City Dentistry have stepped up to fill that need.

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Starting a home garden in Birmingham—including tips from Trevor Mann of Walden Farms

If you’re at home, might as well flex that green thumb! Photo via Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Now that we’re practicing social distancing and springtime is here, it’s the perfect time to start that project that’s been in the back of your mind—a home garden. Check out these tips and tricks to develop your green thumb, including advice from Birmingham’s Trevor Mann of Walden FARMacy.

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