JeffCo Health Officer orders county-wide face covering rules while state plans to open schools

Face covering at the Shell Station on Highland Avenue in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson has issued an order requiring all people over the age of 8 to wear coverings inside businesses that are open to the public and while taking public transportation.

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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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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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Jeffco Department of Health prohibits gatherings of 10 or more and close non-essential businesses

COVID-19 sign in front of the Walmart Store in the Eastwood area. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In an effort to combat the growing COVID-19 crisis, Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson issued a new sweeping order that prohibits gatherings in Jefferson County of 10 or more people and the closing of non-essential businesses.

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Rodney Scott’s, Ruby Sunshine Cafe, Todd English, received 95 and above food service scores in November

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Find Rodney Scott’s BBQ at the location of the former Saigon Noodle House in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale, Ruby Sunshine Cafe in Homewood, Uptown’s Todd English PUB and Lakeview’s Los Amigos received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in November 2019.

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Birmingham City Council passes smoke-free Health District and Birmingham Promise

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UAB Hospital. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The Birmingham City Council had a busy day on Tuesday passing  several initiatives, including the establishment of a smoke-free Health District and Birmingham Promise, an initiative which will create post-secondary opportunities and apprenticeships for Birmingham City School students.

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Paw Paw Patch, Dave’s Pizza among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in January

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Dave’s Pizza in Homewood. Photo via Dave’s Pizza

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular places such as Paw Paw Patch on Green Springs and Dave’s Pizza in Homewood received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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Code Orange Air Quality Alert for ozone pollution issued for June 6 in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Screenshot of the Air Quality Index Code Orange for June 6, 2018.

According to the Jefferson County Department of Health, the  air quality in the Birmingham area is expected to be unhealthy for some sensitive groups today, Wednesday, June 6th.

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Report ranks Shelby County as healthiest county in Alabama, while Jefferson County has some work to do

Photo from the Jefferson County Department of Health via their public Facebook page

According to the recently released 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report for Alabama, Shelby County has been ranked 1st in the state of Alabama for health outcomes and factors. Respectively, Jefferson County, Alabama’s largest county placed 22nd in health outcome and 7th in the health factors categories.

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Iconic and popular Birmingham restaurants receive their inspection scores in April

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Surin West Birmingham’s Five Points. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several of Birmingham’s most iconic and popular restaurants received their restaurant inspection scores this April. As part of a new public service, Bham Now intends to periodically bring attention to Jefferson County Department of Health restaurant inspection scores.

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“Smoke City” – Birmingham air pollution our past and future

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Downtown Birmingham December 1966 – photo courtesy of Jefferson County Department of Health

Smoke City.” In the 1960s, that is what truckers used to call Birmingham when they reached the outskirts of Alabama’s largest city – the self proclaimed “Pittsburgh of the South.”

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