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    Test to Treat improves access and speed of COVID-19 treatments

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Timely testing and treatment of COVID-19 helps reduce hospitalizations and can be lifesaving by starting oral antivirals for patients who test positive for the virus. If people have COVID-19 symptoms, they must take oral COVID-19 medication within five days of their...

    Second COVID-19 vaccine boosters authorized for individuals ages 50 and older and higher-risk individuals

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Protection offered by COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time, and the Alabama Department of Public Health cautions that even in times of low community transmission, the risk for older and immunocompromised persons to become severely ill with COVID-19 is not zero.  In...

    News from the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology: 5 steps to protect young athletes’ eyes

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. visit emergency rooms each year with sports-related eye injuries. An astounding 90 percent of these ER visits could have been avoided if the athlete wore protective eyewear. With April designated “Sports Eye Safety Month,” the Alabama...

    CDC offers new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator for the public

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have declined greatly in Alabama. However, it is unknown if the BA.2 subvariant or other emerging variants may escape the immune's systems response from either a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccine-induced protection. If so, mitigation...

    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Linking teens to facts that Shatter the Myths® about drugs and drug use

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    Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) is celebrating and supporting the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW®), along with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The weeklong observance,...

    Official ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Hartselle Health Park on Wednesday

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. - Cullman Regional celebrated the opening of the Hartselle Health Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of the Hartselle Area Chamber, Hartselle City Council and supporters of the health system.  The facility has been open since November 2021 serving patients,...

    ACDD launches new “See Me” campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has launched a new  campaign to coincide with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Each message  features a different person with disabilities inviting the viewer to “See me as”: an “equal”, “employee”,  “graduate”, “neighbor”, “achiever” and more.  The ACDD’s messaging will be featured on social media, digital ads online and  outdoor billboards throughout the state.  “Our survey results showed that there were several concerns among those with developmental  disabilities and their families,” said Executive Director of the ACDD Darryle Powell. “Many times, the  general population is unaware of the strides the disabled have made in terms of employment,  educational opportunities, and housing.”  Powell continued: “This campaign brings attention to their many achievements in these areas, as well as  how they simply want to be seen and accepted by their fellow Alabamians. They want the same things  as  anyone else, to be active participants in their communities. Through this campaign, we hope to increase  understanding, and for people to get to know and appreciate those with developmental disabilities.”  For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or  visit https://www.acdd.org/. 

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    Cullman Regional starts construction on 30-bed expansion

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Construction has begun on a 4-story vertical tower expansion at Cullman Regional in Cullman, Alabama. The tower expansion is part of a $30 million overall hospital expansion project being built by Birmingham, Alabama based Doster Construction Company that will significantly increase...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...