COVID-19

State nears 500,000 COVID number

Alabama is approaching a half-million mark in COVID-19 cases, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health.The state has had 481,605 cases, including 21,963 in the last two weeks, and 9,244 deaths, according to the department.Locally, Colbert County has had 5,931 cases, including 202 in the last 14 days, and 115…

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Shoals has had more than 14,000 COVID cases

There have been more than 14,000 cases of COVID-19 and 293 deaths in the Shoals, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Health.In Colbert County, there have been 5,894 cases, including 287 in the last two weeks, and 111 deaths.In Lauderdale County, there have been 8,399 cases, including 405 in the last…

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Colbert Health Department out of first-dose vaccines

TUSCUMBIA – Colbert County Health Department first-dose COVID-19 vaccines have been depleted until further notice, according to a social media noticed posted today by the Colbert County Emergency Management AgencyAuthorities do not have a time line on when the county will receive its next shipment of first doses.Second-dose vaccines remain available for everyone who has…

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Colbert, Lauderdale each surpass 100 COVID deaths

Colbert and Lauderdale counties each have surpassed the 100-death mark since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest report from the Alabama Department of Public Health.Broken down by county, Colbert County has had 5,640 cases, including 473 in the last two weeks, and 104 deaths. Lauderdale has had 8,049 cases, including 727…

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Lauderdale County acquires Pfizer vaccine freezer for NAMC

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center now has a freezer capable of handling the -80-degree temperature required for the Pfizer vaccine.The Lauderdale County Commission paid $11,500 for the freezer, using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security grant, county and hospital officials said.Commission Chairman Danny Pettus said they decided to do so after…

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Shoals COVID cases continue to rise

The Shoals has had 11,841 cases of COVID-19 and 128 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.Colbert County has had 4,911 cases, including 576 in the last two weeks, and 62 deaths.Lauderdale County has had 6,930 cases, including 985 in the last two weeks, and 66 deaths.Nearby, Franklin County has had 3,418 cases,…

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Shoals, state COVID cases continue to rise

The Shoals has had 11,584 and 130 deaths from COVID-19, including more than 1,700 cases in the last two weeks, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health.In Colbert County, there have been 4,818 cases, including 625 in the last two weeks, and 60 deaths.In Lauderdale County, there have been 6,766…

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Landers: COVID vaccines could take months

FLORENCE – Dr. Karen Landers said Tuesday that the state continues administering the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations but patience from the public is needed.Landers, Area 1 health officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, said Alabama remains in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution, which goes to high-risk health workers and first responders.It likely…

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Florence mayor contracts COVID

FLORENCE – Mayor Andy Betterton announced he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.Betterton said he took two tests this weekend, both of which came back positive.He said his case has been mild so far and is receiving good care.Betterton’s father, Andrew Jack Betterton, died of COVID on Dec. 22.“He is receiving excellent care from his primary…

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COVID cases continue to rise

The Shoals has had 8,603 cases of COVID-19 and 113 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health.Lauderdale County has had 4,917 cases, including 955 in the last 14 days, and 60 deaths.Colbert County has had 3,686 cases, including 626 in the last 14 days, and 53 deaths.Nearby, Franklin County…

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