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    Restaurant scorecard: February 2024

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Each month, food establishments are inspected by the Alabama Department of Public Health and graded on every aspect of the business.  Below...

    ‘Operation WIPE OUT Cervical Cancer’ works to eliminate preventable cancer 

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - During January, Cervical Cancer Prevention Month, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is working toward meeting the goals of “Operation...

    Kitten in Autauga County tests positive for rabies; vaccination for pets...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed that a young kitten developed rabies, subsequently died, and tested positive for...

    COVID-19 testing no longer mandated for flights to the U.S., but...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries by air this summer are relieved of one requirement. The Centers for...

    Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2022 Fish Consumption Advisories

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the...

    ADPH provides information regarding infant formula shortages

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program realizes the challenges that many families are facing...

    Cullman County rabies cases in 2021; annual rabies clinic scheduled June...

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - In Alabama last year, there were three raccoons tested by the Alabama Department of Public Health found to be positive...

    ADPH observes Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2022

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is participating in the annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 23-29, 2022, an...

    Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for children 5-11 now authorized, recommendations updated

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Children ages 5 - 11 are now authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least five months...

    Investigations of nine young children with adenovirus are underway

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Since November 2021, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in collaboration with pediatric healthcare providers including hospitals who treat children...

    Funding made available for shade structures at Alabama Title I schools,...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in...

    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...

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

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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...

    Annual 100 Alabama Miles Challenge 2022 begins March 26 statewide, free...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and its partners will kick off the 2022 season of the 100 Alabama Miles...

    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...

    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...

    CDC revises optimal interval for some individuals to receive second COVID-19...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - After a thorough evaluation of the latest safety and effectiveness data and evidence from hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines safely...

    Alabama adds newborn screening tests to help identify conditions not typically...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is excited to announce the approval of four new conditions to the Alabama newborn...

    Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high in Alabama, immediate measures...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hospitalizations of children in Alabama due to COVID-19 are at a record high, and immediate measures should be taken to reduce...

    COVID-19 boosters now authorized for ages 12-15, dosing interval lowered, additional...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has notified Alabama healthcare providers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As of December 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced the temporary pause in allocations of some...

    Children 5-11 now eligible for reduced dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age in...

    COVID-19 booster shot eligibility expands to additional individuals and vaccines

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) continues to follow the guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and...

    Oral rabies vaccine is being distributed in 18 Alabama counties including...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is announcing that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently distributing oral...

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

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    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...

    Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters authorized for more eligible persons

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose is now authorized for...

    Don’t let your guard down, COVID-19 continues circulating in Alabama communities

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - COVID-19 continues to infect persons in Alabama, with the Delta variant the predominant strain. Given that recent numbers of cases, percent...

    Pregnant women and other eligible Alabamians ages 12 and older are...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As dozens of pregnant women and pediatric patients with COVID-19 in Alabama are hospitalized each day, the Alabama Department of Public...

    Monoclonal antibody products are available for some high-risk COVID-19 patients and...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 helps those at high risk for serious illness by building rapid immunity to the virus and...

    Governor Ivey Announces reallocation of $12.3 million in CARES Act funds...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Friday reallocated $12.3 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to secure qualified, out-of-state, travel nurses to work...

    As first COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved, get vaccinated for COVID-19...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Too few Alabamians realize the seriousness of infection with COVID-19 and have not made the decision to be vaccinated or have...

    COVID-19 surges in Alabama children, vaccination and other measures needed to...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health reports a significant increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 at this time of year, compared...

    CDC issues guidance as transmission of contagious Delta COVID-19 variant surges,...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More than 900 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Alabama, the largest number since February, and too few Alabama residents are vaccinated....

    Raccoon confirmed positive for rabies in Cullman; precautions advised

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Earlier this week, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) confirmed a raccoon to be positive for rabies after it attacked...

    Alabama Department of Public Health warns about heat illnesses

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - State and federal agencies are warning residents across Alabama to be careful in current high heat conditions, which can be dangerous. ...

    TikTok contest promotes COVID-19 vaccinations before school starts

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    (Photo from ADPH)  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Getting a COVID-19 vaccination can protect you, your family and community, and help end the pandemic. To promote vaccination,...

    Recognizing the signs of heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses 

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As we move into summer, it's only going to get hotter and more humid. If you are working or playing outside,...

    ADPH to provide funding for shade structures for public schools

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Although skin cancer is among the most preventable cancers, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their...

    Alabama providers asked to pause administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Out of an abundance of caution, the Alabama Department of Public Health has asked all health care providers in the state...

    Order of the state health officer suspending certain public gatherings due...

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      WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama;   WHEREAS the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread exposure to...

    Poll of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy finds Alabamians take COVID-19 seriously, but...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A poll to better understand  the reluctance to take the COVID-19 vaccine among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Tribal Nations was conducted...

    ADPH expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include people 55+, those with...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday that starting March 22, ADPH will extend eligibility...

    Undetectable = Untransmittable: An effort to end the HIV epidemic

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has adopted the Prevention Access Campaign‘s Undetectable = Untransmittable(U=U), a national movement to dismantle...

    ADPH asks Alabama residents who have had COVID-19 to complete confidential...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is conducting an online survey designed to learn more about the spread of COVID-19...

    Scale Back Alabama extends start date to April 5

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Scale Back Alabama, the state’s largest wellness program, is extending the 2021 start date to Monday, April 5. Originally slated to...

    ADPH: B.1.1.7 (U.K.) COVID-19 variant identified in 8 Alabama residents

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reported Thursday that eight variant strain cases of the highly transmissible COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant...

    ADPH: Cullman Co. Health Dept., others closed Tuesday; vaccine appointments rescheduled

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Monday evening announced that county health departments in the Northern, West Central and...

    ADPH launches COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Check and Scheduling Portal

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched an online portal for individuals to check their eligibility for vaccination and...

    ADPH expands COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to include persons 65+, teachers,...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting Feb. 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for...

    UK COVID-19 variant identified in Alabama residents

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A new and more highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, has been identified in three Alabama residents, the Alabama Department of Public...

    ADPH issues COVID-19 update

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The following update was issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Monday: Getting COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of Alabamians...

    Ivey extends mask mandate to March 5; Harris gives vaccine rollout...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday extended the state’s Safer at Home Order, including the statewide mask mandate, through March 5 at...

    ADPH gives COVID-19 vaccine update

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - For the past four weeks, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has been distributing its full federal allotment of 50,000...

    ADPH: COVID-19 vaccine update

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reports there have been 417,528 cases and 6,030 deaths due to COVID-19 in Alabama...

    ADPH: Vaccine appointments full, waiting list begins

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Wednesday said there are no more appointments available at county health departments for...

    ADPH: COVID-19 vaccine remains limited, continued patience is urged as demand...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) knows that many Alabamians are ready to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and appreciates the...

    ADPH: COVID-19 vaccine available to those 75+, first responders Jan. 18

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    Updated 1-8-21 4:21 p.m. The ADPH said late Friday afternoon: “Please do not call your local hospital directly to set up appointments to be scheduled...

    ADPH: Test your home for radon during the winter months

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Many Alabama residents are spending more time inside their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means children and adults are...

    ‘We need prayers and we need our community to help slow...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In its weekly COVID-19 update for the community, Cullman Regional reported Wednesday 83 positive patients, with 21 currently on ventilators. The...

    ADPH launches new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard; Moderna vaccine arrives

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard to make it easier for the...

    ADPH: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine expected in Alabama today

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) said Monday it expected doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will arrive at some...

    ADPH: Avoid gatherings during the holiday season; home is safer

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama continues to have significant community spread of COVID-19 that is not adequately mitigated, and the Alabama Department of Public Health...

    Alabama infant mortality rate shows slight uptick in 2019

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recently announced the 2019 infant mortality rate of 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births....

    Cullman Regional receives 1st shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional received the facility’s first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning. The hospital plans to administer the first...

    3 Alabama sites to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday, additional shipments...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the...

    ‘We’re looking at some pretty dark days for the foreseeable future’

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – “Because the pandemic has stretched must longer than we ever imagined, we’re all just downright exhausted by the disruptions to our...

    ‘We are not going to get a do-over’

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre this week cautioned Alabamians about rising rates of...

    ADPH: Weigh COVID-19 risks this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The coronavirus pandemic is prompting Alabamians to make difficult decisions about how and whether families and friends gather for Thanksgiving 2020....

    ADPH: COVID-19 vaccine to be made available to all eligible Alabamians

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      MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As soon as mid-December, health care providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Army Gen....

    ADPH announces COVID-19 vaccine plan

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is being made available to the...

    ADPH, ALSDE launch K-12 COVID-19 School Dashboard

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) and Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) on Friday launched the Alabama K-12 COVID-19 School...

    ADPH: Keep health and safety foremost for Halloween festivities

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Protecting families, friends and communities from contracting and spreading the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is a major concern for Alabama families in...

    Assistance from the Joy to Life Foundation allows ADPH to provide...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In response to a need for increased funding in north Alabama, the Joy to Life Foundation has offered to expand its...

    Alabama observes SIDS Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) urges parents and caregivers to learn about the risk factors that lead to the...

    ADPH: Get the protection offered by the flu shot

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues this fall, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the...

    ADPH releases Back to School Toolkit with COVID-19 recommendations for K-12...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recently released its “Back to School Toolkit,” a guidebook for school systems statewide to...

    ADPH responds to AHSAA’s remarks on spectators at athletic events

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) notes that a memo issued Thursday by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)...

    State releases 2020 Fish Consumption Advisories

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the Alabama Department of...

    ‘Each of us has the power to reverse this alarming trend’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - “COVID-19 cases and deaths in Alabama continue to rise, but each of us has the power to reverse this alarming trend,”...

    Additional COVID-19 deaths reported in Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Tuesday reported another confirmed COVID-19 death in Cullman County, bringing the total number...

    COVID-19: Alabama adds new record 1,758 cases; Cullman Co. adds 24

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Alabama added a new record number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on...

    ‘Don’t let up your guard’; AL adds record 1,162 cases of...

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    Updated 7-2-20 at 9:53 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - Alabama added a record 1,162 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and the Alabama Department of Public health confirmed...

    ADPH launches color-coded COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has introduced a new tool that allows policy makers and others viewing it to...

    Ivey extends Alabama’s Safer at Home Order through July 31

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday extended Alabama’s Safer at Home Order, which was set to expire July 3, through July 31....

    5-member CDC team now assisting ADPH in fighting COVID-19

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recently welcomed a support team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

    Alabama sees daily record-high 1,129 new cases of COVID-19

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    Updated 6-25-20 at 9:12 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Thursday morning reported a record-high 1,129 new cases of COVID-19...

    Cullman Regional reports 2 COVID-19 deaths

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional on Tuesday confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total for the county to three. "We’ve reported two additional deaths...

    ADPH reports 1,014 news cases of COVID-19 Sunday

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- The Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard reported 1,014 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the four-day...

    ADPH reports 2,595 cases of COVID-19 in Alabama Thursday-Saturday

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More than 800 cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday, June 11 (848), Friday, June 12 (859) and Saturday, June 13 (888)...

    ADPH: More than 800 COVID-19 cases reported both Thursday, Friday

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday cautioned the public that the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains....

    State adds 848 cases, 11 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours;...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Alabama continues to see an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, adding 848 since this same time Wednesday, along...

    State health officer talks asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The state’s top health official said Tuesday he was surprised when the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said...

    Ivey loosens restrictions on entertainment venues, athletics, schools, day cares, camps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday presented the State’s amended Safer at Home Order, which will go into effect Friday, May...

    ADEM, ADPH: Reopening businesses should thoroughly flush water systems to guard...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) issued a joint statement Thursday urging...

    Retailers, beaches, some businesses open with restrictions; some medical procedures allowed...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama’s current Stay at Home Order will expire this Thursday, April 30, said Gov. Kay Ivey Tuesday morning.  Effective April 30,...

    COVID-19: Here’s why that reported Cullman Co. death disappeared

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - For several days, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on its COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard noted 1 death had...

    COVID-19: Ivey, ADPH issue updated statewide health order

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an update to the statewide health order...

    COVID-19: Ivey, ADPH issue new statewide public health order, effective immediately

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Thursday issued a statewide health order to aid in...

    The flu: How it’s affecting Cullman schools and what you can...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The influenza virus, more commonly known as the flu, can be rampant around this time of year. According to the Alabama...

    Coronavirus confirmed in U.S.; ADPH joins with CDC, others to prevent...

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As the first case of a novel coronavirus has been confirmed in the U.S., the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)...