Coronavirus

  New federal COVID-19 nursing home data fraught with inaccuracies, overcounts and undercounts

Newly-released federal nursing home COVID-19 case and death numbers in some cases show major discrepancies with other public records, according to analysis by InvestigateTV. One nursing home had hundreds more deaths reported than it had beds in the facility.

Trump jabs Maine’s Democratic governor; she hits back

Multiple Alabama football players test positive for coronavirus

Gov. Ivey awards $2.9M to east Alabama counties for COVID-19 recovery

  Livestreaming this weekend: Ben Folds, Bobby V and ‘Carousel’ top our virtual entertainment choices

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

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  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday.

Phoebe reaches new milestone in COVID-19 fight

Thursday marks the first time that Phoebe hospital system has not had any new COVID-19 patients at its main hospital and no new admissions in the last 24 hours.

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work.

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

  Valley Hospitality hotels changing operations due to COVID-19

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Sister of WTVM anchor released from hospital after fighting COVID-19 for 2 months

Barbara Gauthier announced her sister Debbie has been released from the hospital.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing to be offered at Highland Community Church in Columbus

Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Community Church located at 3400 5th Avenue.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

Steiner: Phoebe sees fewest COVID-19 patients since March

"This is proof that what people in our community are doing to protect each other and minimize the spread of the virus is working," said Scott Steiner,

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

  Fort Benning confirms more than 140 positive COVID-19 cases

More than 140 soldiers and trainees have tested positive for coronavirus on Fort Benning.

  Columbus community mourns Stewart Co. detainee who died from COVID-19 complications

Columbus community members gathered and remembered the life of 34-year-old Santiago Baten-Oxlaj, who passed away from COVID-19 complications.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Walmart in LaGrange

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will open in the parking lot of Walmart in LaGrange on Friday, June 5.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

  Family, friends gather for parade to celebrate Phenix City COVID-19 survivor

Today members of a Phenix City community came together to surprise one COVID-19 survivor with a little bit of joy.

Tuskegee University hopes to announce fall reopening plan in coming weeks

Several Alabama universities and colleges have announced their plans to move forward with reopening in the pandemic world.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  Employee at West Point Kia plant dies from COVID-19 complications

An employee at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point has died from complications from COVID-19.

  Gov. Brian Kemp renews public health state of emergency in Ga.

Georgia’s public health state of emergency has been renewed for the third time, but the state is still slowly reopening the economy and easing on social distancing rules.

Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others

What’s going on inside our hospitals may be a better way to assess the current state of the pandemic.

Non-profit organizations feeling impact of COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to financially strain communities, organizations that rely on donations are getting hit hard.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

  Free COVID-19 testing to be offered at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus

Valley Healthcare System and Tree of Life will have testing available Friday in the parking lot of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

WATCH: Gov. Kemp expected to address reopening remaining businesses in news conference

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and other state officials are holding a press conference with an update on COVID-19 as the state nears 2,000 total deaths.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

ADOC: 2 inmates, 4 more employees test positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Corrections says two more inmates and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.