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Doctors weigh in on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine treatment

Dec 10, 2020
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New reports indicate the Pzifer vaccine may have stronger side effects in the second dose you’d be required to take. It’s news that may not sit well with people who were already leery about getting the shot.

The FDA has said the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective. Trial participants who got the shot may believe that’s true, but they are also reporting they felt a little sick after getting it.

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Alabama’s COVID-19 infection rate continues to surge with another 2,352 cases reported Monday by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

In the last week, the state has seen some of its highest daily case totals to date with 22,596 new cases and 219 deaths.

The state continued a trend of multi-day, record-breaking hospitalization rates through Monday when it blew past the 2,000-mark for the first time ever to reach 2,079 on Monday.

And Alabama’s positive test rate continues to rank among the highest in the nation, climbing from 31 to almost 33 percent.

Arrest made in April homicide of Montgomery man

Dec 4, 2020
WSFA News 12

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a March assault that turned fatal the following month, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

Devontae Owens, 23, of Montgomery, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder, MPD spokeswoman Capt. Saba Coleman said.

Police and fire medics were called to the scene of the assault in the 1000 block of Eastern Boulevard around noon on March 11 where they found the victim, Gary Young. The 79-year-old man was taken a local hospital for treatment but died from his injuries a month later on April 12.

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The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) on Tuesday announced that the 2021 scholarship application process is now open online.

Scholarships are primarily available for graduating high school seniors. Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000. Students can apply online at https://cacfinfo.org/scholarships/. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Central Alabama Community Foundation was established in 1987 by a group of local civic leaders. Their vision was to create a permanent charitable foundation to support various opportunities and needs in the Montgomery area.

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Just a week after Lowndes County marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Sheriff John “Big John” Williams, another tragedy has befallen the sheriff’s family.

Monday, the sheriff’s son, 32-year-old John Arthur Williams Jr.,  was among two killed in a south Alabama crash. Those who knew him called him “Little John.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said the fatal crash happened around 7:25 a.m. in Conecuh County. The crash happened along U.S. 31 at the 82 mile marker, near the Castleberry community.

Alabama adds 2,295 new COVID-19 cases Monday

Dec 1, 2020
WSFA News 12

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 2,295 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, including probable cases.

According to ADPH data, there have been 249,524 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the disease was first discovered here in mid-March.

Hospitalizations are also climbing. On Sunday, the state reported 1,609 in-patients being treated for the illness. A total of 24,670 people have been hospitalized since March 13.

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A missing and endangered person alert has been issued for a 70-year-old man.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Montgomery police are asking for the public’s help in finding Joseph Willie Reed. Reed was last seen around 3:50 p.m. in the area of Woodley Road on Sunday. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, blue jeans, lime green shoes, and a green hat.

Montgomery police say Reed may be living with a condition that may impair his judgment.

Alabama adds 2,785 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Nov 25, 2020
WSFA News 12

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 2,785 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including probable cases.

According to ADPH data, there have been 236,865 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the disease was first discovered here in mid-March.

Alabama’s death toll stands at 3,472.

The state reports, as of Tuesday, 23,942 people have been hospitalized since March 13.

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The day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year. This year that may still be true, even though fewer people are traveling.

Airports are still expected to be busier than they’ve been since the pandemic began, and the roads are still expected to be crowded. According to AAA, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health concerns and high unemployment, are impacting Americans’ decisions to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday morning she has no plans to move toward shutting down any businesses despite the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

Ivey said the business community has her support and reiterated “you cannot have a life without a livelihood.”

Instead, the governor is rolling out a $200 million grant program aimed at small businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations that have been effected the pandemic.

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