AL .com: Maskless patrons pack Birmingham bars as COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County

AL .com: Maskless patrons pack Birmingham bars as COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County. “By day, Bianca Ambrosia works on the COVID-19 floor at a Birmingham-area hospital, where she wears a mask for protection from the virus. But by night, she says she frequents packed bars and typically goes without a mask unless she’s asked to wear one while ordering or visiting a restroom. Late Friday night, Ambrosia sat nursing a drink on a stool outside Mojo Pub in Birmingham’s Lakeview neighborhood.”

Alabama Political Reporter: Alabama’s COVID-19 surge is not slowing

Alabama Political Reporter: Alabama’s COVID-19 surge is not slowing. “The number of patients in Alabama hospitals being treated for COVID-19 surged past 800 on Thursday, marking a fourth straight day of record-high hospitalizations as concerns grow over the possibility that hospitals could become stressed due to the influx of patients.”

AL .com: Alabama adds 906 coronavirus cases, COVID hospitalizations reach new high of 776

AL .com: Alabama adds 906 coronavirus cases, COVID hospitalizations reach new high of 776. “For the second day in a row, the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Alabama has set a new record. The Alabama Department of Public Health’s July 1 10 a.m. numbers show 38,442 COVID-19 cases in the state, an increase of 906. ADPH reported 947 deaths, an increase of 21 since yesterday.”

Alabama Public Health: Color-coded system guides COVID-19 reopening recommendations

Alabama Public Health: Color-coded system guides COVID-19 reopening recommendations. “Calculation for each county’s risk of COVID-19 spread in the community is based on the increasing or decreasing trend in the number of new cases each day. The number of new cases each day is determined with a rolling 3-day average to account for fluctuations in reporting. The main indicator for decreasing risk of COVID-19 spread in the community is the number of days the county has experienced a downward trend of new cases. Several factors can influence a county’s number of new COVID-19 cases, so other factors are examined to additionally inform the level of a county. A detailed explanation of how the overall risk level is determined is located on the COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard. A color-coded state map displays four risk levels: very high, high, moderate and low indicated in red, orange, yellow and green, respectively.”

Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama coronavirus spread continues as Montgomery deaths increase

Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama coronavirus spread continues as Montgomery deaths increase. “More people have died in the last 24 days than in the previous 80 days: 47 deaths have been reported since June 1, while a previous 40 fatalities were reported from March 13, when coronavirus was first diagnosed in Alabama, and May 31.”

Montgomery Adviser: Mayor Steven Reed bypasses City Council vote, mandates masks with executive order

Aaaaand ALSO Montgomery Adviser: Mayor Steven Reed bypasses City Council vote, mandates masks with executive order. “Mayor Steven Reed issued an executive order to mandate masks in Montgomery, bypassing a tied City Council vote that failed to do the same less than 24 hours prior. Reed announced the order in a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. It goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and is intended to be temporary until the next council meeting for council members to consider another ordinance, Reed said.”

Montgomery Advertiser: Montgomery City Council votes down mask ordinance, sends doctors out in disgust

Montgomery Advertiser: Montgomery City Council votes down mask ordinance, sends doctors out in disgust. “Jackson Hospital pulmonologist William Saliski cleared his throat as he started describing the dire situation created by the coronavirus pandemic in Montgomery to its City Council before they voted on a mandatory mask ordinance. ‘It’s been a long day, I apologize,’ he said.”

AL .com: Hospitals in several Alabama cities now seeing all-time highs in coronavirus patients

AL .com: Hospitals in several Alabama cities now seeing all-time highs in coronavirus patients. “The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Decatur has hit all-time highs this month, filling beds and taxing staff as the state struggles with a wave of new cases. Nearly one-third of those patients will require ventilators during treatment, said Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers.”

AL: Alabama sets record highs for coronavirus for second straight day

AL: Alabama sets record highs for coronavirus for second straight day. “For the second consecutive day, Alabama has set a record for new coronavirus cases. The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 859 new cases of the virus on Friday afternoon, bringing the state total to 23,333. On Thursday, the state reported 848 new cases, which at that point was by far the highest daily total to date.”

AL .com: Birmingham schools, housing authority cut ties with Church of the Highlands

AL. com: Birmingham schools, housing authority cut ties with Church of the Highlands. “Hodges and Christ Health Clinic’s CEO responded today to the Birmingham Housing Authority banning the church and clinic because of a controversy over Hodges liking social media posts by the politically conservative group Turning Point USA. The services provided by Christ Health Clinic included free COVID-19 testing for residents of Birmingham public housing. The Housing Authority of Birmingham Division voted on Monday to no longer allow church volunteers and clinic workers to do work at public housing communities.”

Montgomery Advertiser: Gov. Kay Ivey loosens coronavirus restrictions on theaters, athletic events, child care

Montgomery Advertiser: Gov. Kay Ivey loosens coronavirus restrictions on theaters, athletic events, child care. “Gov. Kay Ivey Thursday said existing bans on large entertainment venues, athletic activities, and school and child care facilities would end at 5 p.m. Friday, so long as they adhere to distancing guidelines meant to stem the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak. The amended Safer At Home order further loosens steps taken to control the outbreak of COVID-19, even as data from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) shows continued increases in 7-day and 14-day averages in the state.”

AL .com: Montgomery running out of ICU beds as coronavirus cases double in May

AL .com: Montgomery running out of ICU beds as coronavirus cases double in May. “Montgomery hospitals are starting to run low on intensive care beds, said Dr. David Thrasher, a critical care doctor at Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants. The four counties making up the Montgomery metro area have seen a combined 721 new confirmed coronavirus cases since May 4 – an increase of 110 percent. Mayor Steven Reed said the virus is straining the city’s hospitals.”

TimesDaily: Sweet Grown Alabama launches searchable database for products

TimesDaily: Sweet Grown Alabama launches searchable database for products. “Consumers looking to buy locally grown products are encouraged to visit the website and search for farmers in their area. Each farmer profile features products grown, location, social media links, website links and how to purchase products.”

Alabama Governor’s Office: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool

Alabama Governor’s Office: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool. “Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the launch of a COVID-19 search engine tool that enhances the state’s official resource site, altogetheralabama.org. Through a public-private partnership between Yext and the state of Alabama, this innovative platform will provide real-time answers to questions about everything from the virus itself, through a symptom checker that was developed at UAB, to upcoming COVID-19 testing site locations.”

Trussville Tribune: New website created to help Alabama small businesses get information on loans, tax relief programs and more

Trussville Tribune: New website created to help Alabama small businesses get information on loans, tax relief programs and more. “A new website created by the Alabama Small Business Commission was unveiled on Monday in an effort to provide small business owners with one-stop information throughout the coronavirus pandemic, state Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth announced.”