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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    ADPH issues advisory against consuming largemouth bass from most Alabama waters

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is advising that no largemouth bass be consumed from most bodies of water in Alabama due to mercury contamination. Specific to Cullman County, it advises against consuming largemouth bass from Lake Catoma, and any...

    Avoid senseless tragedy by never leaving children alone in vehicles

    MONTGOMERY – Each summer there are deaths related to heat exposure in Alabama. The extremely hot temperatures in summer should remind parents, grandparents and caregivers not to leave children unattended in vehicles. Young children are at special risk because their bodies heat up three...

    ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an alert of increased influenza (flu) activity across the state. A media release from the ADPH reminds the public that the flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, cough,...

    ADPH seeks input on maternal and child health care needs

    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking that families with children or youth complete an online survey concerning health and health care services. The anonymous survey is being conducted during the months of July through September and takes about 20 minutes...

    Widespread flu outbreak prompts Gov. Ivey to declare State Public Health Emergency

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency due to this season's widespread outbreak of the influenza virus. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is expected to hold a news conference on Friday to provide additional information...

    Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s 10th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and end at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. “This is a perfect opportunity for parents to purchase needed school supplies and get a tax break at the same time,”...

    Paused monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 disease available again

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As of December 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced the temporary pause in allocations of some monoclonal antibodies and on Monday, Jan. 3, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has received an advisory from the...

    CDC issues guidance as transmission of contagious Delta COVID-19 variant surges, prevention measures outlined

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More than 900 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Alabama, the largest number since February, and too few Alabama residents are vaccinated. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.  State Health Officer Dr....

    Reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Alabama appears to differ from other reporting

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  - Death counts from COVID-19 appear to vary widely based on their reporting sources—the news media, hospitals and county health departments—and there are reasons these apparent discrepancies in the number of deaths occur.  “The Alabama Department of Public Health considers any deaths to...

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

    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...