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UAB Hospital Losing $70 Million Per Month Due To COVID Restrictions

UAB Hospital is taking a financial hit from COVID-19. Officials announced Friday a projected loss of $70 million per month due to fewer clinical visits, elective surgeries and hospital stays.

Inside Alabama’s Prisons, Fear Of A Coronavirus Outbreak

Alabama corrections officials recently reported the first inmate death related to COVID-19. With several prisoners and staff members testing positive for the virus, those inside Alabama prisons worry this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Customers Resort To DIY Styles With Barbershops & Hair Salons Closed

The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of nonessential businesses, including hair salons and barbershops. That has led some people to get creative about how to keep their hair looking good during the crisis.

Q&A With UAB Med School Dean Selwyn Vickers: Pandemic “Significantly” Shutting Down Clinical Trial Enterprise

BirminghamWatch spoke with the dean of UAB's Medical School about COVID-19's impact on clinical trials.

Ivey: Alabama Needs More Testing Before Reopening

Gov. Kay Ivey says the state needs an increase in COVID-19 testing before she reopens the state's economy.

Birmingham Superintendent Lisa Herring Stepping Down To Lead Atlanta Public Schools

Birmingham school Superintendent Lisa Herring is leaving to become superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.


COVID-19 Restrictions Not Slowing Work For Divorce Lawyers

Courtrooms are quieter because of the coronavirus. But divorce lawyers have found ways to keep working.

Birmingham Mayor Undecided On When To Reopen City Economy

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin updated residents on the city's fight against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Crisis Threatens To Bankrupt And Close Struggling Hospitals In The Rural South

The executive director of the Alabama Rural Health Association says closing rural hospitals is his greatest concern. That's because these hospitals located across the Deep South were struggling to stay open before COVID-19.

Crime Slows As People Shelter From Coronavirus

Crime isn’t taking a coronavirus holiday, but law enforcement statistics show it headed in a positive direction as more people shelter from the pandemic.

EPA Rejects Move To Strengthen Air Pollution Limits

The Trump EPA announced this week that it will not lower the current limit on particulate air pollution, an action that disappointed but didn’t surprise public health scientists and clean-air advocates.

Is Stay-in-Place Currently A Wise Policy For Alabama?

There's a tension between the social distancing measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the economic cost that's causing. The Harvard Club of Birmingham took up that issue in a formal debate this week.

After 22 Days, UAB Staff Celebrate First COVID Patient Released From ICU

After falling ill with COVID-19, Bill Chambers was admitted to intensive care and placed on a ventilator. He spent 22 days in the hospital and was recently released, becoming the first COVID patient discharged from UAB Hospital's ICU.

Frustration And Anxiety While Waiting for Unemployment Benefits To Arrive

More than 285,000 Alabamians have filed for unemployment benefits in the last month as the coronavirus outbreak has forced layoffs and furloughs. Many applicants have yet to receive any money.

Coronavirus Peaks In Alabama On April 20. Here’s What To Expect

COVID-19 is expected to peak Monday. Here's how UAB has been preparing for this and the months that follow.

UAB’s Pastoral Care Team Counsels Health Care Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospital chaplains usually show comfort to patients or their families, but at UAB that has changed. During the coronavirus pandemic, the pastoral care team spends a lot of time counseling health care workers who are on the front lines.

There Will Be a Day After, But Then Comes The Day After That

UAB officials are starting to look toward the day when the number of COVID-19 cases starts to decline in Alabama, but there are no easy answers to what could come next.

Birmingham Commits Another $1 Million To Temporary Worker Program

In an abnormally short, 13-minute meeting on Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council voted to allocate more funds to the city’s fight against COVID-19.

Birmingham To Launch Ride Service For COVID-19 Patients

A new service to transport low-income COVID-19 patients to health care facilities is expected to launch in Birmingham this week.

Gov. Kay Ivey Taps Committee to Plan For Reopening Alabama’s Economy

Gov. Kay Ivey is creating a new executive committee that’ll field recommendations on when to reopen the state’s economy.

Parole Hearings Will Resume With “Reduced Person-To-Person Interaction”

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles will resume parole hearings May 18 after stopping them last month in response to COVID-19. Advocates say the state should expedite the parole process to protect inmates and alleviate prison overcrowding.

Schools Faced Social Distancing Hurdles In Meal Prep And Distribution

Since schools have been out statewide, some districts have struggled to continue to provide meals. After a bumpy start, Birmingham and Jefferson County schools have opted to outsource their meal programs.

Surviving A Pandemic: How The 1918 Spanish Flu Changed Life In Alabama

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to strike around the world. In 1918, the Spanish Influenza had a dramatic impact on daily life everywhere, including Alabama.

Volunteers Step Up To Face The Challenges Of The Pandemic

Efforts in Birmingham to thwart the spread of COVID-19 stretch from volunteer organizations that have stitched more than 18,500 cloth face masks to tech companies and businesses using prototyping, fabrication and 3D printers to create face shields and ventilator adaptors, as well as prototypes for portable intensive care units.

Working At Home With Kids: How The Pandemic Is Changing The Work-Life Balance

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people apart, it has also created a common ground for millions — by making many work from home. But many parents are now learning to manage their job and teach their kids at the same time.

As Quarantine Spurs Demand, Some Companies Are Hiring

Many businesses have laid off workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but plenty of companies in Alabama are hiring. While some companies grapple with worker safety concerns, it hasn't stopped them from growing.

How Inhaled Nitric Oxide Could Treat COVID-19

UAB announced Tuesday it will start testing inhaled nitric oxide as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. Nitric oxide was also used during the 2003 SARS pandemic and showed that it not only helped increase oxygen in patients, but also had anti-viral properties

Virus Tsunami Could Swamp Alabama’s Health Care, Particularly In Rural Areas

Health professionals warn that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't hit its peak in Alabama yet. Some say that when it does it could be a major disaster for the state’s health care infrastructure.

Parenting Hotline Shows The Rising Stress Of Coronavirus At Home

Parenting is hard enough as it is, much less during the coronavirus crisis. A parental hotline offers help for those stressing out over their kids.

Alabama Numbers Show Race Disparity In COVID-19 Deaths

More than 40 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Alabama have been in African Americans even though about a fourth of the state’s population is black, data released by state health officials showed Tuesday.

Pregnant Women Are Changing Their Birth Plans Amid COVID-19 Fears

Due to COVID-19, hospitals are limiting the number of people who can be present during labor and delivery. That's one reason some pregnant women are considering giving birth at home.

Alabama Labor Department Urges Patience For Unemployment Claims

Alabama has seen a record number of unemployment claims because of the coronavirus. The state Department of Labor is trying to keep up.