Coronavirus

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

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  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

  Columbus small businesses looking to return to normal amid pandemic

  Masks required in Opelika schools through the end of school year

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

  Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

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  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

UAB: Almost 30% of UAB vaccinations go to Black Alabamians

  Georgia Gov. lifts COVID-19 restrictions: Columbus community weighs in

State health officer discusses latest on COVID-19 cases, vaccines

COVID-19 vaccinations administered to over 100 homeless people in Columbus

SafeHouse Ministries along with help from the Columbus Health Department were able to get over 100 local homeless people vaccinated for COVID-19 Thursday.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

Some Georgia COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

  Positive COVID-19 test results from Columbus Health Dept. can be tested for variants

  Community reacts to Alabama governor’s new Safer Apart order

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

  Russell Co. ranks last statewide for percentage of people vaccinated, according to ADPH dashboard

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  Fewer people registering to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Columbus

After an initial rush, appointments have been on the decline for some shot providers.

  Volunteers needed at EAMC’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Leaders at the clinic say the number of non-clinical volunteers has dropped significantly in recent weeks.

  City of Opelika overcomes business hurdles during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Opelika has found new ways to allow businesses to stay open, while maintaining CDC guidelines.

  Masks to be required in Eufaula schools after state mask mandate expires

Eufaula City Schools announced it will continue requiring employees and students in grades 2- 12 to wear masks after the mandate expires Friday.

  Lee-Russell Council of Governments providing free transportation for COVID-19 vaccination appointments

The Lee-Russell Council of Governments’ public transit system is providing transportation for East Alabama residents who are having difficulty finding a way to get to and from their vaccine appointment.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic being held in Cuthbert

A free COVID-19 vaccination clinic is being held in Cuthbert this weekend.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Cuthbert, Ga.

The clinic will be held Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Muscogee County Jail inmates expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19

Inmates at the Muscogee County Jail could soon start receiving their COVID-19 shot.

  State parks see rise in tourism despite COVID-19

With many people heading to local state parks, there are still changes in effect because of the pandemic.

Harris: About 70% of Ala. needs COVID-19 vaccine to reach herd immunity

State Health Officer Scott Harris said about 70% of Alabamians need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  East Alabama residents, pharmacists gear up for expanded vaccine eligibility

As of Monday, April 5, most Alabamians will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  Team from Ft. Benning deployed to another state to help with COVID-19 vaccinations

Medical and support personnel from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade landed in Milwaukee Friday.

  All Alabama residents 16 or older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine Monday

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Alabama will be expanded to include anyone over the age of 16 starting Monday.

  Alabama National Guard hosts COVID-19 vaccination site at CVCC in Phenix City

The effort to get more people vaccinated in East Alabama is moving along after the governor activated the National Guard to help get people vaccinated who live in hard to reach communities.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expands to all Alabamians over 16

Starting Monday, April 5, the governor and Alabama Department of Public Health are expanding eligibility for the vaccine to anyone who is age 16 or older.

Phoebe sees ‘exciting milestone’ in recent COVID-19 numbers

However, Steiner said there are “concerning indications of a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.”

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  Georgia governor loosens some COVID-19 restaurant restrictions

Governor Brian Kemp joins other states in loosening COVID-19 restrictions, including some at restaurants and bars.

  Walk-ups allowed at Columbus COVID-19 vaccination sites

The effort to get more people vaccinated continues to be top priority for COVID-19 vaccine providers in Columbus as they hope to make shots more accessible for everyone.

  No appointments needed for COVID-19 vaccination at Columbus GEMA site

The mass vaccination site at the Columbus Civic Center is welcoming people with no appointment needed.

  COVID-19 precautions in place for annual Spring Fling in Columbus

This year, the Columbus Civic Center will be welcoming back its annual Spring Fling.

  Columbus GEMA mass vaccination site seeing decrease in vaccinations

According to Mayor Skip Henderson, roughly 50,000 Muscogee County residents are vaccinated out of the estimated 200,000 population.

Alabama to begin vaccinating prison inmates

The prison system on Thursday estimated that it will initially have 6,000 - 7,000 doses available to begin inoculating inmates.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

  GEMA mass vaccination site in Columbus administers 10,000th COVID-19 vaccination

The site at the Columbus Civic Center administered dose number 10,000 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this, while also gearing up for people to receive their second doses this week.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.