State health officials share COVID-19 updates, including Thanksgiving plans + vaccine information

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State health officials announce news on when Alabama will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo via Unsplash

During a press conference today, November 23, 2020, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre shared updates on COVID-19 in Alabama. They discussed rising numbers and safety practices as we move into the holidays, along with a rough timeline for when the first round of vaccines will be administered.

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Alabama’s Safer at Home Order extended to December 11

Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris held a press conference at the Alabama State Capitol on Thursday, November 5th. Photo via Hal Yeager for the Governor’s Office

Speaking from the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on November 5th, Governor Kay Ivey issued her 19th supplemental emergency proclamation, including an updated Safer at Home Order. The order, which contains a statewide mask requirement, is set to expire on December 11th at 5:00PM.

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COVID’s bad for minority health + how you can get tested in Jefferson County today

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Dr. Raegan Durant is one of the people involved in community testing for COVID in Birmingham
Dr. Raegan Durant of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services on the importance of COVID-19 testing. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

COVID-19 has been having a much greater impact on minorities in Birmingham and across the US. We spoke to Dr. Mona Fouad, founder of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) at UAB to find out more. Whether you are a minority or not, if you’re looking for information or want to get tested, call 205-975-CV19 (2819).

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How fans are celebrating college game day across Alabama by a student

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Students masking up with Aubie at Jordan-Hare stadium. Photo via Lilla Burns

For those who feel the start of a chill in the air, see a few leaves change color and immediately long for football with a side of tailgating—have no fear. All across the state students and fans alike are enjoying Saturdays their own way. Whether it’s cheering on their team in the stadium at 25% capacity, or at a socially distanced watch party, see how students at Auburn and Alabama are celebrating game day in COVID fashion. 

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama provides $80 million in premium relief to customers

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BCBSAL announced that health and dental premiums will be discounted during November. Photo via Unsplash

Many of our community members have stepped up to the plate and met the needs of Alabamians during COVID-19. Since recognizing health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) is providing a one-time discount on premiums for the month of November. The hope is for this initiative to bring a little relief during these strenuous times.

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UAB + local businesses pledge to help fight spread of COVID-19

UAB welcomed students back to campus this week for the fall semester. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

UAB is teaming up with local businesses pledging to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The goal? To keep UAB students and employees safe on campus and Birmingham businesses open. Learn more about their pledge including what area businesses have already committed to doing their part.

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Statewide mask ordinance extended until October 2

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris of ADPH at July’s press conference announcing an extension of the order. Photo Governor Kay Ivey

With the support of Dr. Scott Harris from the Alabama Department of Public Health, Governor Kay Ivey extended the current #SaferatHome order for five weeks. This will include extending Alabama’s statewide mask ordinance until Friday, October 2.

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4 major ways COVID-19 is impacting Hispanics in Birmingham—plus 11 places to get + give help today

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AIDS Alabama is one of many organizations helping Birmingham’s Hispanic community during COVID. Photo via Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition’s Facebook page

For the over 200,000 Alabama residents who, according to the 2018 American Community Survey, speak a language other than English in their homes, COVID-19 hit like a night-time tornado with no siren. We talked to leaders in Birmingham’s Hispanic community about the challenges they are facing, plus how to get and give help.

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These two Birmingham men designed $2 desk partitions. Could this make school return safer?

Could desk partitions be the answer we've all been waiting for?
Sometimes the simplest designs are the best. Photo via Karim Budhwani

Dr. Karim Budhwani and Dr. Craig Wilson are putting their considerable talents to work designing something that might make returning to school this fall safer. Learn more about the simple desk partition that has the potential to make safe and healthy learning in schools—in Birmingham and elsewhere—much easier all around. Keep reading for all the details.

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Statewide mask ordinance extended until August 31st + required for 2nd graders through college students

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris of ADPH at today’s press conference. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey

In an attempt to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced she will extend the statewide mandatory mask until August 31. The amended #saferathome order also requires second graders through college students to wear masks at school where possible. Here’s what we know.

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Gov. Ivey announces mandatory statewide mask ordinance starting Thursday, July 16

Gov. Kay Ivey speaking at the press conference on July 15th. Photo via Alabama Governor’s Office

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced she will enforce a statewide mandatory mask order starting at 5PM on Thursday, July 16. Here’s what we know.

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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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Alabama’s college COVID plan for the fall–what you need to know

Registration time…Photo via Birmingham-Southern College on Facebook.

As we grow closer to the fall semester, colleges are making plans to prepare for the safety of all individuals on their campuses. Governor Ivey has been working alongside experts at UAB to develop programs that will contain the spread of COVID-19–these include widespread tests for students in addition to an innovative self-check app system.

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