Author: Glenn Stephens

Alabama Adds 171 Deaths, 3,355 New Cases of COVID-19 in Saturday Report

Alabama reported 171 deaths from COVID-19 and 3,355 new cases of the disease in Saturday’s 24-hour update by the state Department of Public Health.

Those figures brought the state’s totals since the pandemic began in March to 6,657 deaths and 439,442 cases.

The state averaged 2,680 new cases of the coronavirus per day over the past week. That is down from a daily average of 3,076 cases a week on Jan. 16 and 3,714 on Jan. 1.
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Alabama Army National Guard Troops Help Provide Security for Biden Inauguration

Several hundred Alabama Army National Guard troops are helping provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, and one of them is a second lieutenant from Oneonta whose parents also had military careers.

Lt. John Rogers, 24, a transportation officer with a unit in the Birmingham-based 20th Special Forces Group, headed to Washington by bus on Sunday with some of his fellow Guard soldiers. Following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, tension is running high in D.C.

Thousands of soldiers, including Alabama Guard troops from military police units, will be on hand to stop any re-occurrence of last week’s violence, in which five people died.
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Alabama’s COVID-19 Numbers Show Promising Decline

The numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates for the disease in Alabama are showing an encouraging trend in reports this week by the state Department of Public Health.

The weekly average number of new COVID-19 cases per day has dropped for nine consecutive days, from 4,280 a day on Jan. 10 to 2,671 in Tuesday’s report.

The agency reported 2,515 new cases of the disease in its daily update on Tuesday, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began in March to 426,543. Read more.

COVID-19 Case Count for Alabama Declines for Fifth Straight Day

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Alabama dropped for the fifth consecutive day in Friday’s update by the state Department of Public Health.

The agency reported 2,945 new cases in its daily summary, bringing the total for the pandemic to 417,528. There were 4,280 cases reported on Jan. 10, and the count has declined each day since then. Alabama has averaged 3,320 cases a day over the past week, down from an average of 4,280 a day on Jan. 10.
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COVID-19 Death Total Continues to Rise in Alabama

Alabama recorded 3,588 new cases of COVID-19 and 185 deaths from the disease in Thursday’s daily update by the state Department of Public Health.

There have been 414,583 cases of the disease in the state since the pandemic began in March. The death toll stands at 5,945.

ADPH said on its website that the unusually high number of deaths reported this week — a total of 598 have been listed over the past three days — resulted from old cases that are just now being reported.
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Huntsville Picked for Headquarters of New U.S. Space Command

The Pentagon has selected Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal as the headquarters for the nation’s new U.S. Space Command.

“We will make you proud of your decision,’’ Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle said Wednesday in a statement. “We look forward to the partnership with the U.S. Space Command and pledge to make it a success from day one.’’

The Air Force said Huntsville is the “preferred and reasonable’’ site pending a required environmental impact study — considered a routine process —

that should be finished by 2023. Six cities were in contention for the selection. Read more.

Alabama Adds 3,187 COVID-19 Cases, 187 Deaths

The Alabama Department of Public Health added 3,187 cases and 187 deaths Wednesday to its COVID-19 totals for the state.

There have been 410,995 cases of the coronavirus and 5,760 in the state since the pandemic began in March. ADPH on Tuesdsay added 226 deaths to the overall count. Its dashboard said the unusually high number of deaths came from a large number reported by the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, dating back to Nov. 11.

The daily update said 38,007 have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 3,076 on Tuesday.  The highest daily number of hospitalizations was 3,084 on Monday.
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ADPH Reports 226 Additional COVID-19 Deaths in Alabama

Alabama added 226 deaths from COVID-19 in Tuesday’s daily report by the state Department of Public Health.

There have been 5,573 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began in March, the agency reported. ADPH’s daily updates show the number of deaths reported each day, but officials say there is an average delay of two weeks between the date a death occurs and when when it is reported to the state.

The report listed 58 deaths in Jefferson County, bringing its total for the pandemic to 842. The Jefferson County Health Department has reported 87 coronavirus deaths in the county so far this month.
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Democrats Gearing Up for Effort to Oust Mo Brooks in 2022

Alabama Democrats are targeting U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a five-term GOP incumbent once thought safe in his heavily Republican 5th Congressional District, for defeat in 2022.

“I plan to use whatever small influence I have to see that Mo is defeated,’’ said former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. “We don’t need an ideologue representing Alabama.’’

Brooks is at the center of Democratic outrage over fiery comments he made last Wednesday at a rowdy Washington rally of President Donald Trump’s supporters who cheered his false accusations that the November election had been rigged to elect Democrat Joe Biden.
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