Coronavirus

Only passenger on flight, woman going to see dying mother upgraded to first class for free

The flight crew upgraded the woman to first class, addressed her personally over the loudspeaker and took selfies with her.

Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks ahead; New York gets ventilators from China

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

Number of recovering patients continues to grow as Phoebe releases Saturday’s COVID-19 update

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

Alabama stay at home order goes into effect Saturday

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  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

  Metra Bus Services in Columbus makes adjustments in response to COVID-19

  Mayors in the Chattahoochee Valley support stay at home orders

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

Troup County extends COVID-19 hotline hours to include weekends

  Columbus residents coping with shelter in place order in response to COVID-19

Some Columbus residents shared the challenges they are facing while running errands during the coronavirus pandemic.

21 dead, over 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama

New case numbers Friday morning show over 1300 people across Alabama are confirmed to have COVID-19.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Macon County Schools prepared for alternate education methods

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

  Nurse at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital talks life during COVID-19 pandemic

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Ala. governor issues stay at home order in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The order goes into effect Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. and will expire Thursday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Auburn University coaches launch PSA that calls for “teamwork” in keeping safe from coronavirus

Auburn University coaches Gus Malzahn, Bruce Pearl and Butch Thompson are teaming up to encourage you to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

State: Vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 dangers

State elections officials urge you to go ahead and apply for one, and vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 concerns.

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Beauregard High School employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at a Lee County high school has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

  What does ‘Shelter in Place’ really mean?

What does life during 'shelter in place' look like? What businesses are open and which are closed? We've got answers.

Quitman, Marion counties see first confirmed cases of COVID-19

The final two Georgia counties in the Chattahoochee Valley have their first confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

  Chalk messages encourage healthcare workers at Piedmont Columbus Regional

Healthcare workers are among those who are working hard on the frontlines, battling the COVID-19 coronavirus to keep their communities safe and healthy.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde to perform Saturday at Grand Ole Opry. Here’s how you can watch.

It will be an all-female lineup as the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast live performances during the coronavirus pandemic at its empty venue.

  East Alabama superintendents discuss plans for remainder of school year

Schools in Alabama and Georgia are preparing to extend distance learning for tens of thousands of students after announcements from Governors Kay Ivey and Brian Kemp.

  Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.

  After financial hit from coronavirus response, dairy farmers are adapting

Of all the commodities impacted, milk has been one of the hardest hit.

  Outbreak’s global cost may top $4T; auto insurers get break

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

  Prince Charles to officially open new hospital for coronavirus patients

The National Health Service hospital at ExCel London will within days be able to provide intensive care treatment for 4,000 people suffering from the COVID-19 disease.

  5 ways to control stress and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic

The CEO of New Horizons Behavioral Health in Columbus, Andrea Winston, said the stress of the pandemic can be triggering to people who already have mental health disorders.

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

  Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

  VIDEO: New York firefighters support, thank hospital workers

Health care workers getting off a shift change at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, got a special tribute Thursday night.

1,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 now in Alabama

Alabama now has over 1,100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s data map.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

Experts say watch out for common touch points to avoid COVID-19 spread

Experts say that its important to disinfect common touch points, wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.

  Process of applying for unemployment due to COVID-19

A record-shattering 10 million Americans are now without jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ivey order allows for release of some county jail inmates

Alabama's governor's order allows for county jails to reduce the number of inmates they house “in a way that does not jeopardize public safety.”

  Ga. Governor Brian Kemp outlines shelter in place executive order amid COVID-19 pandemic

The shelter in place order will keep Georgia residents at home and is to take effect 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 and will continue through April 13.

  Kentucky college student makes coronavirus masks for deaf community

The senior studying Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Eastern Kentucky University said she saw a chance to help the community with masks that uniquely address their needs.

  Stocks end another whipsaw day solidly higher, led by energy

Stocks are closing solidly higher after another whipsaw day, giving the market its first gain in three days. Major U.S. indexes rose more than 2% Thursday.

  Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent tattoos and piercings.

  AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

About half of all working Americans say they or a member of their household have lost some kind of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job.

Feds propose $611,000 fine at Seattle-area nursing home

Authorities said Life Care had at least partially fixed the most serious problems by the time they conducted follow-up inspection in last weekend.

  Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

A wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough.

  SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

It'll be bring-your-own popcorn and the barbecue won’t be as good, but Austin's SXSW Film Festival is partnering with Amazon to move online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Oregon veteran celebrates 104th birthday after coronavirus recovery

An Oregon veteran has overcome his latest battle, and he was able to celebrate his 104th birthday as a result.

Menards bans children, pets in stores due to COVID-19 outbreak

You must be 16 or older to enter the store and have the ID to prove it.

Ivey reiterates reason for no shelter-in-place order

Alabama's governor held an hour-long question and answer segment on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Ala. Supreme Court extends suspension of in-person proceedings

The Alabama Supreme Court has extended its suspension of all in-person proceedings until April 30.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Phoebe begins reporting number of ‘recovered’ COVID-19 patients

The health system is classifying someone as "recovered" if they tested positive and have self-isolated at home for at least 14 days from the testing date.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft helps Mass. receive N95 masks with team plane

The New England Patriots are helping Massachusetts receive much-needed N95 masks to keep frontline workers safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mothers of reinvention: Auburn team makes emergency ventilators from CPAP machines

The Auburn University engineering professors, students and alumni have successfully re-purposed a standard CPAP machine into a functional emergency ventilator for health care providers during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Study: Audiences will be slow to return after pandemic

Many Americans will be a little leery of going back to large concerts and sporting events following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Howard Stern announces free access to SiriusXM

The popular SiriusXM host has announced that the service will be free for North American listeners through May 15.

  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

Billy Joel donates $500K to support NY health care workers

The recording artist says the Joel Foundation will donate $500,000 to purchase personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

St. Anne-Pacelli, Calvary Christian schools to continue home-based instruction

Two Columbus private schools are following the lead of public schools in the state of Georgia and not returning to in-person classes for the duration of the school year.