Washington Post: ‘We’re going to take care of you, okay?’

Washington Post: ‘We’re going to take care of you, okay?’. “Across the country, the vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus was picking up speed. The Biden administration was on the verge of securing 100 million more doses, and a few states were even starting to offer shots to the general population. But on a Thursday morning in March, Alabama lagged with one of the worst vaccination rates in the country, as well as one of the worst racial disparities nationally among those receiving the shots, and now a group of community clinics called Cahaba Medical Care was trying to turn those numbers around.”

Route Fifty: In Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana, CVS Vaccine Appointments Go Unfilled

Route Fifty: In Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana, CVS Vaccine Appointments Go Unfilled. “In many counties across the three states — particularly in rural areas — retailers and outpatient clinics are among the few places offering covid-19 shots. CVS and other large pharmacies, including Walgreens and Walmart, are among the biggest providers of the vaccinations. South Carolina health officials said they noticed demand was waning at some vaccine sites — and, as a result, lowered the age eligibility for the shots from 65 to 55 starting Monday.”

WHNT: Alabama’s contact tracing app expands capabilities, still very few have downloaded it

WHNT: Alabama’s contact tracing app expands capabilities, still very few have downloaded it. “If you leave Alabama for the holidays and you are one of the few with the free Guidesafe app, you could be notified of a COVID-19 exposure via a collective database that links other contact tracing apps together. Some states have apps like Guidesafe and some do not. Medical professionals say the expanded capabilities of Guidesafe could be a game changer. However, just under 150,000 people have the app compared to more than 5 million people that call Alabama home.”

Washington Post: Alabama’s GOP lieutenant governor called mask rules an ‘overstep.’ Now he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Washington Post: Alabama’s GOP lieutenant governor called mask rules an ‘overstep.’ Now he has tested positive for the coronavirus.. “When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) ordered a statewide mask mandate in July as coronavirus deaths surged to record levels, her second-in-command blasted the move. ‘Wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing are among the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19,’ tweeted Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) at the time. ‘However, it’s an overstep that infringes upon the property rights of business owners and the ability of individuals to make their own health decisions.’ Now, as Alabama once again sees an alarming rise in covid-19, Ainsworth, 39, announced [October 21] that he is among the newly confirmed cases.”

AL .com: Alabama lawsuit hits Apple, Google over gambling games

AL .com: Alabama lawsuit hits Apple, Google over gambling games. “Two federal lawsuits filed Wednesday seek refunds for Alabama residents who downloaded games from app stores the plaintiffs say are illegal gambling under state law. The potential class action lawsuits were filed against tech giants Apple and Google by two Shelby County residents who purchased the app-based games and paid money for more playing time.”

AL .com: Alabama’s libraries want to return post-pandemic world

AL .com: Alabama’s libraries want to return post-pandemic world. “Most Alabama librarians interviewed in the last few weeks believe they’ve made a way through the pandemic, but there’s a big exception. Birmingham’s library system, the state’s largest, furloughed 158 employees in September due to city budget cuts resulting from pandemic, but it did reopen the downtown Central Library Oct. 1.”

Washington Post: One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled.

Washington Post: One Alabama university stayed safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Another, 60 miles away, struggled. “The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, with its lush green lawns and fancy Greek houses, is a world apart from the concrete high-rises at the university system’s Birmingham campus nearly 60 miles away. But the schools were supposed to have the same clean slate when classes resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Every student had to test negative before setting foot on campus. Everyone had to use a smartphone application to check for symptoms daily. And everyone heard the same pleas from university leaders: Keep the campuses safe. More than a month later, 2,375 Tuscaloosa students had tested positive for the virus, 6.2 percent of the student body, according to data through Oct. 1. Birmingham had 109 cases, a tiny 0.48 percent of the students.”

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families. “Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the creation of Alabama Family Central a comprehensive, easy-to-use web and mobile destination that offers parents and families, guardians, teachers and caregivers a one-stop connection to programs and services in Alabama. Information on childcare, education, family services and health services can all be found here.”

Associated Press: Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate ‘attic’

Associated Press: Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate ‘attic’. “Hundreds of memorials glorifying the Confederacy had been erected by the time Marie Bankhead Owen built what may have been the grandest: The Alabama Department of Archives and History, which cataloged a version of the past that was favored by many Southern whites and all but excluded Black people.”

WSFA: New COVID-19 cases reduced by half following Ala. mask mandate

WSFA: New COVID-19 cases reduced by half following Ala. mask mandate. “oaring COVID-19 numbers are no longer a daily reality for Alabama. There were 633 new cases reported Monday, which is less than half the daily total one month ago. The current seven-day average is half that of the week of July 15 when Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama public health officer Dr. Scott Harris announced the state’s mask mandate. They credit the public health order for the downward trend in new cases over the last eight weeks.”

Times-Journal: Alabama Public Television to support Alabama students with broadcast, online resources amid pandemic

Times-Journal: Alabama Public Television to support Alabama students with broadcast, online resources amid pandemic. “As schools across the state begin to open for the 2020-21 school year, whether in-person or virtually, Alabama Public Television will continue to serve Alabama’s pre-K-12th grade students, teachers, and families with high-quality broadcast programs and digital resources. Broadcast programming for pre-K through fifth- grade students, organized around weekly themes, will be offered daily on APT’s main channel. A five-hour learning block designed for students in grades 6-12 will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday on APT’s WORLD channel. The block includes content in social studies, science/engineering and English Language Arts.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Alabama’s GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App Launches Statewide

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Alabama’s GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App Launches Statewide. “Supported by CARES Act funding, the GuideSafeTM Exposure Notification App was built by UAB and Birmingham-based MotionMobs in active collaboration with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and integrating Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System (ENS). This app, previously available only to .edu email address holders during its recent pilot phase, can now be downloaded at no cost by any individual across the entire state via iPhone and Android devices.”