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No Need To Worry About Drinking Water During The COVID-19 Crisis, ADEM Director Says

Public drinking water is safe, according to the director of the Alabama Department of Environment.


UAB To Test Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the biopharmaceutical company Altimmune Inc. will test a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the university announced today.

Making Sense Of Alabama’s Coronavirus Numbers

Alabama's coronavirus numbers don't always seem to line up. What's going on?

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Alabama Bankers Association CEO Says Banks Are Secure During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people wondering about their economic future and the safety of their money. The head of the Alabama Bankers Association says banks across the state have been preparing for a crisis of this magnitude for years.

‘Critical Shortage Everywhere’ Of Personal Protective Equipment

The health care workers who care for COVID-19 patients are on the front lines, but hospitals and clinics are running out of the protective equipment medical providers need to protect themselves.

Coronavirus Scams Peddling Fake Cures And Work-At-Home Schemes On The Rise

The continued spread of the coronavirus is making people increasingly anxious. That climate of fear opens up an opportunity for online scammers.


World Awaits Results Of COVID-19 Drug Treatment Developed At UAB Center

In the search for a drug treatment for COVID-19, prime interest has centered on Remdesivir, a compound produced by Gilead Sciences that has its roots in a National Institutes of Health-funded center based at UAB.

Alabama Orders Nonessential Businesses Closed Due To Coronavirus

The Alabama Department of Public Health has ordered nonessential businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Lt. Gov. Ainsworth: ‘We’ve Got To Get This Under Control’

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth wants Alabamians to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Other state leaders don't seem to share the same urgency.

Alabama K-12 Students Will Finish School Year From Home

Amid growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says K-12 students will not return to classrooms to finish out the 2019-2020 school year.

Birmingham’s Food & Beverage Industry Struggles Amid Coronavirus

Many small businesses in Alabama hit by the coronavirus crisis are struggling to stay afloat. State health officials recently prohibited on-site eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. The restrictions have forced a few Birmingham establishments to close their doors for good.

Getting Out For A Walk In The Woods? Social Distancing Still Applies

With gyms closed and kids home from school, more people are visiting area parks. Some officials are grappling with how to manage the crowds without putting the public’s health at risk.