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  Crowds for COVID-19 testing in Georgia and Alabama continue

Between Thursday and Friday, about 600 people were tested at the Georgia Department of Health’s location in Columbus.

Alabama adds 4,771 new COVID-19 cases in 4 days

Alabama adds nearly 1K coronavirus cases Saturday

Columbus Health Department not conducting COVID-19 testing on Independence Day

COVID-19 parties in Tuscaloosa: What’s really going on?

Alabama sets single-day record with 1,758 new coronavirus cases

  Paws Humane Society in Columbus temporarily closes after exposed to COVID-19

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  Several COVID-19 testing locations available in the Chattahoochee Valley

Second ADOC employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus

  Company creating vials for COVID-19 vaccine brings more jobs to Auburn area

  Columbus mayor releases graphs showcasing COVID-19 progression in Muscogee Co.

Alabama hits new single-day record for COVID-19 cases

Paws Humane closed after exposure to someone with COVID-19

State leaders, others react to Ivey’s extension of safer at home order

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, state leaders are reacting to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to extended the safer at home order.

AU Professor: Pandemic could offer advantage for start-up businesses

An Auburn University professor of management says the coronavirus pandemic may actually be a good time to start a business.

Dog in Ga. tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19

Officials said this is the second dog known to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the United States.

  Governor Brian Kemp makes stop in Columbus for ‘Wear a Mask’ tour

Gov. Kemp said right now, that wearing a mask and social distancing are the closest things we have to a vaccine.

  Columbus Health Department reopens in new location

  WATCH: Gov. Kemp visits Piedmont Columbus Regional, encourages community to wear masks

  UAB doctor says state needs stricter health order

  Muscogee Co. reaches new record of coronavirus cases reported in one day

  Troup County Jail COVID-19 cases slightly decreasing

  COVID-19 impacting the mental health of senior citizens

Savannah mayor signs executive order requiring face masks in public

During Savannah Mayor Van Johnson's weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday morning, he announced an emergency order requiring face masks in public spaces will go into effect July 1 at 8 a.m.

  East Alabama doctor shares clinic’s challenges during COVID-19

According to the American Medical Association, 97 percent of medical practices across the country have been negatively impacted financially because of COVID-19. An Opelika pediatrician says it’s no different in East Alabama.

Alabama turns to homegrown celebrities to urge face mask use

Alabama is rolling out a new series of public service announcements, or PSAs, with familiar faces.

UPDATE: Gov. Ivey extends Safer At Home order through July

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is giving an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 as the Safer At Home order is scheduled to expire.

  Columbus Health Department prepares for move to new building

During a pandemic, one might argue public health services are more important than ever, so it is critical you know where you need to go.

Gov. Ivey announces COVID-19 testing that includes all four- and two-year college students getting tested by fall

The platforms will support public institutions of higher education to enhance safety on campus during the pandemic, and may later support businesses and other entities.

Should the state make face masks mandatory?

The CDC says wearing a face mask is one of the main things you can do to slow the spread.

Doctors voice concerns ahead of holiday weekend

Fourth of July holiday brings COVID increase concerns for doctors.

Alzheimer’s Association continues to provide virtual services during ongoing pandemic

The association said over 150,000 in Georgia are suffering from Alzheimer’s and under care of 540,000 caregivers.

Opelika police chief recovering from COVID-19

Opelika’s police chief is recovering from coronavirus.

  Columbus mayor urging citizens to wear masks as COVID-19 cases increase

The mayor of Columbus posted a video to Facebook encouraging people to wear masks as coronavirus numbers in the area continue to rise.

  Alabama State Dept. of Education releases road map to reopening schools

The Alabama State Department of Education has rolled out plans to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Food pantries in the Chattahoochee Valley in need amid COVID-19 pandemic

Shelves are emptying faster than normal at places like Valley Rescue Mission and Feeding the Valley. The coronavirus pandemic forcing more people than ever to ask for assistance.

  Georgians struggling more with mental health during pandemic, says Ga. Dept. of Mental Health

New numbers from the Georgia Department of Mental Health show Georgians are struggling now more than ever with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

  Russell Co. sees spike in COVID-19 cases over two-week period

Russell County currently has 407 confirmed cases compared to this time two weeks ago. There were only 250 cases.

  Local attorney addresses employment concerns during COVID-19 pandemic

Attorney Gary Bruce answers many of the questions people have regarding the topic.

  City of LaGrange hosts virtual roundtable discussion to address COVID-19 concerns

Mayor Jim Thornton, the Troup County Commission, sheriff, health officials, and others answered questions and provided updates.

  Ga. DPH releases update on COVID-19 recoveries, deaths at personal care homes

Personal care homes across the country have had to deal with the lives lost to the virus, but there have been some local recoveries reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

  Community members remember the life, legacy of Phenix City assistant police chief

Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Gail Green-Gilliam lost her battle with COVID-19 Wednesday night.

  Free COVID-19 testing taking place at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City

Phenix City residents who feel like they would benefit from being tested for COVID-19 can do so for free tomorrow.

More states list Alabama on their travel advisory

The rising coronavirus cases are putting Alabama on more travel advisory lists for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If you plan to visit the tri-state area, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days.

  Lanett city employee warns of COVID-19 after testing positive with no symptoms

The employee said his experience is a testament that people can have the virus and not know it.

  51 new COVID-19 cases reported in Muscogee County in a single day

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 status report, this is the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic hit.

  10 family members, including Valley police officer, battle COVID-19

An East Alabama police officer and almost a dozen of his family members tested positive for COVID-19, all while several other members of the force were out sick with the virus too.

Paycheck Protection Program to end June 30, Ivey reminds

Gov. Kay Ivey wants to remind Alabama businesses that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will soon close.

National Infantry Museum cancels Independence Day Celebration, plans virtual celebration instead

The National Infantry Museum’s annual Independence Day celebration, Freedom Fest, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Congressman Sanford Bishop proposes new location, faster opening for Columbus Veteran Healthcare Center

Congressman Sanford Bishop is proposing a push for a new location and faster opening for the Columbus Veteran Healthcare Center.

  Nearly six dozen inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Troup Co. Jail

After parents showed up in big numbers at the Troup County Jail last week complaining about an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among inmates, a mass testing was conducted Friday and now the results are in.

Over 3,000 Alabamians denied unemployment benefits since January

Alabama employers have reported 3,236 employees to the Alabama Department of Labor for refusing to return to work since January.

About 70% of Alabama nursing homes have COVID-19 case

In-person nursing home visits won't be happening anytime soon in Alabama a spokesperson for the Alabama Nursing Home Association says.

71 inmates at Troup County Jail test positive for COVID-19

After having the Georgia Department of Public Health test all inmates at the Troup County Jail for COVID-19, nearly a quarter of the inmates tested positive for the virus.

Phoebe joins national COVID-19 research project

The Mayo Clinic and the American Red Cross are heading the study of whether the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients may help others.

  Officials, residents discuss impacts of new AU mask policy

Auburn University is instituting a new mask policy that began Monday.

Alabama tops 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Montgomery County continues to lead the state as a major hot spot for the respiratory illness.

  Ft. Benning responds to COVID-19 concerns

Fort Benning has responded after parents of trainees expressed concerns of conditions after more than 140 soldiers tested positive for coronavirus on post.

  Troup County Jail testing all inmates for COVID-19

All inmates in the Troup County Jail are being tested for COVID-19 today.

  Harris County Schools requesting parent input concerning reopening school in the fall

In a survey sent out by the Harris County Schools Board of Education, they’re asking parents for their feedback.

Couple hospitalized for COVID-19 celebrates 65th wedding anniversary

A couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a special date inside an East Alabama Medical Center hospital room.

Troup County providing free masks to residents

Troup County Emergency Management Agency along with surrounding agencies and community organizations will provide free masks to citizens as part of the Mask Troup County campaign.

  Muscogee Co. continues to see increase in COVID-19 cases

Within the last two weeks, health officials say cases have increased by significant amounts. Whereas before, numbers indicated a downward spiral.

  International students in Lanett unable to return home due to COVID-19

Almost a dozen international students who attend school in Chambers County are unable to return home to their families because of COVID-19.

  Columbus mayor gives update on COVID-19 response

According to the West Central Health District, there are 1,078 cases and 29 deaths from the coronavirus in Muscogee County.

  MercyMed of Columbus offering free mobile COVID-19 testing

MercyMed of Columbus is providing free COVID-19 testing at different sites once a week for eight weeks. Tuesday, the clinic provided testing at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church.

  Troup Co. government center closed to walk-ins as a coronavirus precaution

The county is reinstating previous safety measures following an increase in coronavirus cases in the county.

  Lee, Chambers counties see daily increase in COVID-19 cases

East Alabama is seeing an uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in both Lee and Chambers counties.

  Auburn University spring graduates to be honored in August ceremony

Auburn graduates who did not get to participate in their spring graduation ceremony because of COVID-19 are now set to be honored in an August ceremony.

Student COVID-19 cases rising says Auburn University Medical Clinic director

“There is no doubt in my mind we are seeing the after effects of Memorial Day parties, weekends at the lake or beach, and visits to some downtown venues,” said the medical director for the Auburn University Medical Clinic.

  East Ala. counties see increase in COVID-19 cases

Two East Alabama communities are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

  Red Cross testing donations for COVID-19 antibodies

The American Red Cross announced that blood, platelet, and plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

  Muscogee County reporting 1,000+ cases of COVID-19

Muscogee County has reached a milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic as more than 1,000 people have been infected by the virus.

Atlanta Braves provides meals to UAB Hospital workers on frontlines of COVID-19 fight

The Atlanta Braves provided approximately 600 meals to essential staff at UAB Hospital and the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Emergency Department Friday, June 12.

With 800 new COVID-19 cases in a day, Alabamians urged to wear masks, stay home

“COVID-19 spreads quickly, and your actions affect others," said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

  Health departments in the Chattahoochee Valley continue drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Several community health departments in the Chattahoochee Valley will continue to offer drive-thru COVID-19 specimen collection if the weather permits.

Nearly two dozen Troup Co. jail inmates being monitored for COVID-19

There are approximately two dozen Troup County Jail inmates who are being monitored for coronavirus.

  Columbus mayor announces plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions on playgrounds, recreational fields

Playgrounds and recreational fields will be reopened, but plans for any organized activities must be submitted to Parks and Recreation and be approved.

  COVID-19 cases increase in Chattahoochee Valley

In just three days Muscogee County’s cases jumped from 808 cases to 919, and Chattahoochee County increased from 172 to 232.

Phoebe reports latest COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital released its weekly COVID-19 update on Thursday.

Phoebe eases COVID-19 visitation restrictions

Since the number of COVID-19 patients in Phoebe hospitals has dramatically decreased, changes can be implemented, hospital system officials said.