Tom Block was at a crossroads. After leaving the Army, he was working for the Department of Homeland Security investigating child exploitation. The job gave him financial security, but he said he was covering “pretty rough material’’ and he wanted to look around. He found what he now calls “home’’ as a member of the […]
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While Madison County and the nation are seeing a surge in positive coronavirus cases, the news wasn’t all negative at the weekly COVID-19 briefing at the Huntsville City Council chambers. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced earlier it received the antibody drug Bamlanivimad to treat virus patients. The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency […]
Huntsville City Schools announced that Columbia, Lee and New Century Technology high schools students will return to campus classroom learning today. The system suspended in-person learning last Wednesday through Friday due to the number of teachers under self-quarantine for exposure to COVID-19. There were no new cases of positive tests at any of the three […]
Three Huntsville City Schools closed campus classrooms Wednesday and returned to remote learning until at least Friday. The move wasn’t made because of an increase in positive COVID-19 tests, but because multiple staff members went into self-quarantine. The three schools are Columbia, Lee and New Century Technology. The system began the school year with virtual […]
As fall nears the midseason point and with flu season fast approaching the novel coronavirus cases statewide and nationally continue to rise. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the number of confirmed positive tests for the virus reached a single-day record 103,000 across the country by Wednesday night with a death total of 1,116. Also […]
With Election Day less than a week away and holiday gatherings on the horizon, local officials reported an alarming statistic Wednesday – coronavirus cases are up 50 percent compared to September. Crestwood Medical Center CEO Dr. Pam Hudson said COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have increased to more than 1,000; there are 178 inpatients in […]
Florence High School’s football team received a forfeit more than a week ago when Bob Jones pulled out of two games in the wake of nine players testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Falcons have since returned the favor to the Patriots’ crosstown Madison rival James Clemens. Florence forfeited Friday’s game to Brentwood […]
The statewide mask mandate issued by Gov. Kay Ivey is set to expire Friday. Not so fast, if White House advisor Dr. Deborah Birx’s comments in Auburn this past week reached Montgomery. During a Thursday visit to Auburn University, the doctor said Ivey’s mandate should be extended. “If you look at what happened within two […]
The impending flu season could strain an already stretched health care system. At last week’s COVID-19 update, Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said the flu season could impact the pressures put on the area’s healthcare system. “I do want to encourage everybody to start thinking about getting your flu shot,’’ he said. “Those will be […]
Madison County officials announced last Wednesday a two-week trendline for the coronavirus had remained flat for the past month with around 40 new positive tests per week. The announcement was made at the latest COVID-19 news briefing. Two days later, the coronavirus splashed back into local headlines with Madison City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols announcing […]