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Mayor: Good News on Horizon in COVID-19 Fight but Vigilance Still Urged

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 […]

City Schools Facing Staffing Shortage Due to COVID-19; 3 Schools Temporarily Close

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 […]

COVID Cases and Hospitalization Increasing; State Sees Biggest Single-Day Rise

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 […]

Local COVID-19 Cases Jump 50% over September

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 […]

COVID-19 Continues to Impact High School Football Games

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 […]

Dr. Birx Urges State to Extend Mask Mandate

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 […]

Flu Season Could Impact Health Care Resources in Wake of Pandemic

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 […]

COVID-19 Causes Two High School Football Teams to Forfeit Games

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 […]