“And hopefully, this is what we need to finally put COVID-19 behind us.”. Asked how long it may be before the broader public will have access to vaccines, Wilson said: “This is where people are going to have to be patient.”. First responders are lobbying the CDC to also include them in the first people to be given the vaccine as they are increasingly exposed to the coronavirus while responding to medical emergencies. W/in @tuscaloosacity, a potential tornado appeared to have touched ground just east of the southern portion of Lake Tuscaloosa. Sad.”, “Enough is enough. They also identified EF-0 tornado tracks in Locust Fork and Oneonta in Blount County.—Severe storms caused widespread damage in in several central Alabama counties on Easter Sunday. 4,086 Alabamians have already died from COVID-19, the medical condition caused by the coronavirus. “I know they don’t have as many nurses as they used to. ... Storm damage is seen at Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church his Dadeville, Ala, on Sunday, April 19, 2020. National Weather Service storm assessment will be on the ground today assessing the damage. Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama as a Category 2 storm. Your daily email briefing on all things Alabama politics. The tornado damage path was 12.19 miles long and was 875 yards wide at its widest point. In fact, it appears more likely than not.”. At least three people were injured when a tornado touched down near the Walker-Jefferson County line in Alabama yesterday afternoon. “I’d like to emphasize that we’re not in normal operations mode right now,” said Dr. Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of UAB’s Emergency Management Committee, speaking to reporters Friday. Thousands of people are without power today across the state of Alabama and crews are out working to restore power. The defeat effectively means that Joe Biden is the President-elect and ends almost any hope of the Trump team to overturn the election. The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 508 deaths from COVID-19 in the first 11 days of December. The FDA is expected to give final approval of an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine later on Friday, and shipments to Alabama are expected by mid-week next week, but the quantities at first will be low and allocated for health care workers most at risk. Those cases are being studied by doctors and researchers. In Alabama, Congressmen Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, and Congressman-elect Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, all expressed their support for the lawsuit, which was joined by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R). The National Weather Service is still assessing damage from Tuesday’s storms. Brooks, however, is still pledging to challenge the Electoral College results when they are presented to the 117th Congress on January 4. “And then there would be subsequent allotments after that to bring us up to 52,000 doses, which is the amount the federal government estimates that’s needed,” Matson said. An advisory panel of the FDA gave approval for the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday afternoon, and the agency is expected to give final approval later on Friday. Fourteen people […] “I and the other signers of this important amicus brief request that the Supreme Court uphold the unambiguous language of Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution and determine the constitutional validity of any ballots cast under rules and procedures established by actors or public bodies other than state legislatures,” Congressman Brooks wrote. For the second time this April, severe weather struck the storm-battered South with a damaging trio of tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms. Wilson said if even a few large events occur without the strictest precautions “we will have more sick people than we have hospital beds or nurses or doctors to care for.”. 1 dead, widespread damage in south Alabama after overnight storms Pike County sees damage from Sunday storms By WSFA Staff | April 19, 2020 at 11:43 PM CDT - … As he always does, he ignored his critics and preceded forward, and he has delivered ahead of schedule. The partnering pharmacies will return to administer the second required doses 21 days after the first, he said. The election is over and it is time for these public servants to get to work,” Perry concluded. The vaccine will not be available yet for children younger than 16 years old, because that has not been studied yet. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito voted to hear the Texas election challenge; but the rest of the court, including the three Trump appointees, voted to reject the Texas challenge. Williamson said planning the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been challenging for everyone involved. To put into perspective how miraculous this achievement is, our fastest vaccine ever developed before Operation Warp Speed was for the mumps, which took four years. Alabama has been under a Safer at Home order for months and a mask order since July but the novel strain of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, keeps spreading. We’ve got to stop this now before conditions get even worse.”. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Texas lawsuit challenging the election results, Alabama Democratic Party Executive Director Wade Perry released a statement: “The Supreme Court tonight rejected the effort, backed by several of our representatives, to undermine our electoral process and constitution,” Perry wrote. A damaging thunderstorm downed 50-60 trees in Decatur, a Huntsville, Alabama, suburb Tuesday evening. As of Tuesday morning, over 560,000 people in 16 states had lost power due to storm damage. When it comes to the integrity of the upcoming general election in Alabama, Secretary of State John Merrill is very confident there will not be any issues. Weather. Once the Moderna vaccine comes into play, many of those problems associated with the Pfizer vaccine should disappear, Williamson said, but vaccines will still be in short supply. 1 dead, widespread damage in south Alabama after overnight storms Pike County sees damage from Sunday storms By WSFA Staff | April 19, 2020 at 11:43 PM CDT - Updated April 20 at 9:03 PM If you can safely take pictures of the damage after the storm, send them to us by clicking the Submit Your Photo button below. Damage:Two Autauga County schools damaged after Hurricane Zeta. The Category 2 storm also caused damage to two Autauga County schools, Prattville High and Prattville Intermediate School. The storm outbreak was the second to hit the south in as many Sundays. See the hole in the gym's side, Zeta in Alabama:Widespread power outages, damage reported across the state. Half will go to employees at those six hospitals selected as initial receiving sites, while the other half will be set aside for EMS workers, hospital staff at other hospitals and outside physicians’ offices who are at greatest risk from COVID-19, Williamson said. With COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths surging, there’s great anticipation for the first vaccine, which is likely within days of reaching the first hospitals, but the rollout will be complicated and the supply very low at first. “The 2020 presidential election must comply with the Constitution and the results must accurately reflect the will of the American people.”. Reports are coming in from around the area of power outages and trees down, so first and foremost, be careful out there if you absolutely have to be driving around in this mess. Damage reports on social media show impacts to Mobile, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and more. State health officials and infectious disease experts this week have pleaded with the public to wear masks, socially distance and avoid gatherings over Christmas with anyone outside of your household. Two Alabama nursing homes are located inside hospitals, and those facilities will use hospital staff at those locations to administer vaccines, he said. Johnette Lamborne said the storm caused damage to her home, car and storage shed in Alexander City, Alabama, on Sunday. That challenge is not expected to succeed, as past challenges in Congress have failed, and Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20. Global deaths are now over 1.6 million. “The Supreme Court’s ruling in no way, shape or form mitigates the finality of Congress’s verdict on who wins the election contest between former Vice-President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump,” Brooks said in a statement. At least 4,086 Alabamians have died from the coronavirus since March. Public health experts say it should be at or below 5 percent or there isn’t enough testing and cases are going undetected. Prior to COVID-19, Alabama had approximately 24,000 nursing home residents and 31,000 employees. The most outages were reported in Montgomery County, according to an Alabama Power spokesperson. “It won’t be available in quantities sufficient enough for us to stop this surge right now,” UAB’s Dr. Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of UAB’s Emergency Management Committee, speaking to reporters Friday about the vaccine. He also suggested people not sit across from a table with anyone not in their own household. There was also a record number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators. As of press time, all roads are reportedly closed into the town, a number of mobile homes were destroyed at a trailer park, and the whole town has lost power. “We don’t know exactly how long it’ll be, but I think our expectation should be, that might be late spring or early summer,” he said. (Original reporting by One America News, Fox News, the Washington Post, and Life Site News contributed to this report.). Ivey, even if they hate you for it, Opinion | Moore, Brooks should be ridiculed, shunned for Electoral College stunt. As of press time, there are no known fatalities in Alabama, but three persons in Jefferson county were reportedly injured. Opinion | What in the world are people thinking? Fingers crossed, we have had less than a dozen reports of any damage across the City; however, it is WAY too early and dark for an accurate assessment. ... in Huntsville said a storm survey team found damage from an EF-1 tornado in northwest Cullman County. UAB will notify those medical workers who’ve been pre-selected as having the greatest need for protection, she said. ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) -- While hurricane season officially ended yesterday, you may have lingering damage or debris around your home. Matson said initially, nursing homes are to be allocated enough of the Pfizer vaccine to protect approximately 26,000 people. Severe weather impacted the Southeast during Sunday and Sunday night. Update⚠️ on the damage from yesterday's storms-3/31. By Joshua Gauntt. That’s going to be an issue,” Williamson said. UAB’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased 5.5 percent each day for the last two weeks, she said, and modeling by UAB’s School of Public Health predicts that will continue into the future. By Joshua Gauntt. The awning damaged by the storm … Tornadoes were confirmed in Alabama and Mississippi, and a possible tornado hit near Madison, Florida, late Tuesday afternoon. The storm … — NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) April 1, 2020 Recent news that the Pfizer vaccine is at least 52 percent effective after the first of two required doses could mean that depleted hospital staff could soon start to see some relief. Alabama could begin receiving a shipment of 41,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in a matter of days. “Holiday parties are just not a good idea right now. Justices Thomas and Alito wrote in their dissent the claim that the court does “not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction.”. We always appreciate your storm reports. The FDA emergency use authorization gives the federal government the ability to start distributing it to states. The Pfizer vaccine’s 95 percent effectiveness at preventing infection is promising, but the vaccine comes with its own challenges. The Supreme Court justices rejected the bid by Texas to file the challenge targeting Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin directly with the Supreme Court in a seven to two vote. Nafziger said UAB will be administering vaccines to hospital staff on an appointment basis at a local site, and to staff at outside hospitals at a drive-thru testing site on the hospital’s Highlands campus. No Wisdom, No Courage!” Trump wrote in a statement on Twitter. Over 750,000 people have lost power across ten states. The Alabama Board of Nursing recently adopted emergency rules to allow for temporary emergency licenses for nurses to return and help provide vaccinations, and hospitals outside of those initial six sites will be supplying their own staff to administer vaccines to their workers, Williamson said. The Moderna vaccine, which doesn’t have that same ultracold storage requirement and will come in smaller quantities, is slated to be considered by the FDA in a matter of days. “We may be approaching, in the near future, where that mother who can’t breathe, that father having a heart attack or that grandfather suffering a fall, maybe a broken hip, may not be able to receive the care that they so desperately need,” Wilson said. The awning damaged by the storm was removed early Thursday, but the school's gym now has a gaping hole in the cement siding, Superintendent Spence Agee said. “Trying to plan the largest vaccine initiative, certainly since polio, with so many unknowns, and especially with a vaccine that is so much more difficult to manage than the oral polio vaccine,” Williamson said. It will be many months before vaccines are widely available to the public, and in that time, thousands more could get sick and die. “And, it is past time for us to be sure that in two years they are held accountable for their un-American and undemocratic actions.”. A tornado touched down in the Walker County town of Carbon Hill. “This is a very real concern. Sunday storms cause damage in areas of Jefferson County. After Hurricane Zeta made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana, on Wednesday afternoon, it raced towards Alabama and left thousands without power in addition to damage in the form of downed trees and debris. The British government has said that the vaccine should not be taken by people with a history of severe food or drug allergic reactions, after two healthcare workers in Britain had severe allergic reactions to the vaccine on Tuesday. It has to be stored in expensive ultracold freezers and it is only being shipped by the federal government in shipments of 1,000 doses, so accepting facilities must be able to store and administer that amount of vaccine. Having those health care workers protected to that degree, and able to continue working as we head into what will likely be a dark January, is going to be critical, Williamson explained. “We’ve got to stop this now before conditions get even worse,” UAB’s Dr. Sarah Nafziger said. With our current level of disease activity, in a gathering of just 20 people there’s more than a 50 percent chance that one person in that gathering will be infectious, contagious with COVID-19,” Wilson said. An old gas station was completely destroyed. After a damage survey Tuesday afternoon, the NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado had touched down at 9:27 a.m. in Miller County just northeast of Colquitt, Georgia. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections,” the court said in the unsigned order. You’ve also got to remember this is an infectious disease,” Williamson said. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian. All rights reserved. For many communities, cleanup from the Easter weekend tornado outbreak hadn't even concluded yet.As of Monday morning, over 20,000 residents between Alabama and We are tracking the spread of COVID-19 on our data and mapping dashboard. @lindseyharris85 / @lindseyharris85 “But it’s a ray of hope, and it’s something to help us begin to flatten the curve and hopefully prevent future surges, like the one that we’re experiencing now.”. States will not be able to actually begin vaccinations until after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committee recommends the vaccine and the CDC accepts that recommendation. In fact, it appears more likely than not.”. Similarly, there is not yet any studies on the vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. "The storm came in early this morning even before daybreak and a number of destruction and damage was done during that time," said August, the Alabama emergency official, Wednesday evening. Damage photos: (Photo at Country Club of Alabama in Eufaula, Ala.)(Photo from Betsy Motley Newsom) UPDATE (1:53 p.m. EST): Quitman County reporting trees down along Cool Branch Road near 2 South Wi… 20,000 people in Jefferson County do not have power. “This is a very real concern. More deaths have been reported in the last two weeks than at any point since the pandemic arrived in Alabama. When it comes to the integrity of the upcoming general election in Alabama, Secretary of State John Merrill is very confident there will not be any issues. Several outbuildings sustained damage. Opinion | What would it take for you to care about you? Intake has dropped since the pandemic, Matson said, so the resident number is currently lower while staffing has remained much the same. As for how shipments of vaccines will proceed in the future, Williamson said “what we have been told is that we will get more vaccines every week.”. Additionally, the Alabama Department of Public Health over the last several years has lost staff due to budget constraints, so the department has less staff able to help administer and oversee vaccinations. Dr. Mark Wilson, Jefferson County’s health officer, painted a grim picture and warned of what may soon come if the numbers continue to rise. “Moderna will dramatically increase the number of sites that can administer the vaccine and house the vaccine,” Williamson said. Wilson asked the public to hold Christmas gatherings with only those who live in their households, avoid travel and any large gatherings. “COVID-19 has been a very long journey, and it’s been a very difficult journey for residents, our staff and their family members,” Matson said. Severe weather included very strong winds, incredible, but dangerous lightning, and heavy rain. It will take months for the vaccine to become available for the general public. Once vaccinations are administered in sufficient amounts to then allow for more admissions into nursing homes, Matson said, decisions will need to be made about whether to vaccinate new residents prior to admission or afterward. This is already one of the worst months the state has experienced during the global pandemic and there are three weeks left in December. Storm damage is being reported in Opelika, AL, specifically in the Pepperell Village area. “Wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands and be careful. Fingers crossed, we have had less than a dozen reports of any damage across the City; however, it is WAY too early and dark for an accurate … Off-duty B’ham officer hits 17-year-old pedestrian. EUFAULA, Ala. (WSFA) - At least three tornadoes caused damage in Alabama Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed. “That could help us even before we get the second doses,” said Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and a former Alabama state health officer. The tornado lifted just south of Wallace Drive. The Huntsville Hospital System also set a new record on Friday, with 418 hospitalized coronavirus patients, a 58 percent increase over the last two weeks. Damage photos: (Photo at Country Club of Alabama in Eufaula, Ala.)(Photo from Betsy Motley Newsom) UPDATE (1:53 p.m. EST): Quitman County reporting trees down along Cool Branch Road near 2 South Wi… The tornado moved eastward and ended just after it crossed Reynolds Mill Road. A combination of tornados, severe thunderstorms, heavy rains, and strong winds did damage across Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. President Trump knew that we did not have four years to wait. A gas station was destroyed in the Johnson’s Crossing community in Cullman County. The maximum winds were estimated … “The fact is vaccines are not going to have a public health impact for at least several months,” said White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci. Severe weather had been forecasted for the state and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) placed the state under a state of emergency Sunday afternoon. Treat everyone you know as if they have COVID-19,” Nafziger said. Vaccines will be delivered and administered to residents and staff at nearly every nursing home in the state by pharmacies that are members of a partnership program through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, Matson said. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - As Tropical Storm Zeta pushes through central Alabama, high winds appear to be causing some damage in parts of our area. “I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue,” Alito wrote. “So you’ve got to maintain social distancing between the people you’re vaccinating.”. Half of the second week’s shipment of the Pfizer vaccine will be allocated to the state’s nursing homes, Williamson said, and the following week, 25 percent of the shipment will go to those nursing homes. “For us, the first two weeks are probably the worst.”. Republican insider and Trump supporter former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr. (R-Montgomery) praised the President. It’s unclear how long it will take for the full shipment to arrive. 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