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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel is down nearly 80 percent at Montgomery Regional Airport.

Officials urge people to stay at home and not travel unless it is absolutely essential.

The airport does have outgoing flights for those that must travel.

In March the airport was deep cleaned and disinfected twice as a precaution.

Right now flights to D.C. have been temporarily grounded, and Delta has reduced fights from 7 to three.

Airport officials say there are no plans to layoff workers right now.

Companies Hiring in the Midst Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led many businesses to close, with some laying off workers.

But others are actually looking to hire workers by the thousands to fill various positions across the country.

Here is a list:

Walmart – Hiring 150,000 workers to work in stores, distribution and fulfillments centers

CVS – Hiring 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary jobs for stores, delivery and distribution centers

Dollar General – Hiring 50,000, mostly temporary jobs

13 dead, nearly 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020

As of Tuesday evening, the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed 13 people have died from the coronavirus.

According to the data map from ADPH, there are 999 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state and is expected to surge past 1,000 by days end.

Over 7,200 people have been tested for COVID-19 and ADPH says there have been 24 deaths reported but not all have been confirmed to have been related to the virus.

A breakdown of the deaths by county according to ADPH:

As of Tuesday morning, the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed 13 people have died from the coronavirus.

According to the data map from ADPH, there are over 950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Over 6,500 people have been tested and 13 people have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19.

ADPH says there have been 18 deaths reported but not all have been confirmed to have been related to the virus.

A breakdown of the deaths by county according to ADPH:

Alabama COVID-19 Cases Update

Mar 26, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases across Alabama has jumped to almost 400.

According to The Alabama Department of Public Health there are 386 cases in 39 counties as of Wednesday at 4:30pm. However, there was a jump of 103 new cases as it was 283 confirmed cases as of 10:30 am Wednesday.

ADPH has also confirmed Alabama’s first death from the coronavirus.

A breakdown of cases in our area has…
Autauga County – 4 cases

Butler County – 1 case

Dallas County – 2 cases

Elmore County – 9 cases

Lee County – 40 cases

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Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America but it is dealing with one of the region's worst outbreaks of COVID-19, with more than 3,100 identified infections and 120 deaths.

The epicenter of the country's outbreak is the Pacific port city of Guayaquil, where bodies are lying in the streets.

Guayaquil has registered about half of all Ecuador's coronavirus cases and patients have overwhelmed the city's hospitals. In addition, a nationwide curfew and bureaucratic red tape have hindered the work of undertakers.

New York state had it deadliest day yet stemming from the coronavirus, with more than 500 fatalities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

The death toll has gone up from 2,373 to 2,935 in the last 24 hours, Cuomo told reporters during a late morning press conference. He described it as the "highest single increase in the number of deaths since we started."

Across the world, officials have been desperately adopting sweeping measures in a bid to keep people separated and the coronavirus at bay. But even among the wide range tried so far, one attempted solution in Peru and Panama has proven unusual: Officials in both countries have begun to limit their residents' movement by gender — with men only allowed to leave the home on some days and women on others.

"We have to get fewer people on the streets every day," Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra explained in comments to his Cabinet ministers Thursday.

Social service providers that rely on volunteers are having to scale back operations, just as more Americans are coming to them for help.

Julio Alonso, executive director and CEO of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington, Ind., says students from nearby Indiana University usually help pack and distribute food, but they've been sent home because of the pandemic.

"In addition to those student groups, a lot of businesses come on a regular basis and volunteer for us as groups, and that has pretty much gone out the window," said Alonso.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, the millions of mostly women of color, mostly immigrant and often undocumented domestic workers in the U.S. had little job security. But now the current health crisis has this workforce reeling.

A key maker of N95 respirator masks, 3M, is arguing against a Trump administration request to keep U.S.-made masks in the domestic market, saying the policy could backfire by triggering retaliation. Trump signed a Defense Production Act order Thursday specifically aimed at requiring 3M to prioritize orders from the U.S. government.

The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials saying it allows or even encourages profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Álvaro Callama is struggling to survive an economic double whammy.

A Venezuelan electrician, he fled his homeland two years ago amid a devastating economic crisis that left him too poor to buy food. He moved to neighboring Colombia, where Callama — nothing if not resourceful — worked three jobs: picking fruit, laying bricks and guiding tourists on horseback rides.

In normal times, when you choose your health insurance plan — usually during a fall "open enrollment period" — you try to guess at what the next year and your health will be like. You look at your budget and compare monthly premium costs and deductibles.

Coal mining companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his family have agreed to pay the government more than $5 million in delinquent mine safety fines, the Justice Department says.

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