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Info about COVID-19 in North Alabama

Monday, April 6, 2020

updated 1039am 4/8/20

Part of the WLRH community service mission to keep our listeners informed. A continually updated list of resources and information regarding the current COVID-19 Outbreak are available here. Click here for the One Minute At A Time podcast.

Health and Testing Information

Alabama's corona virus testing hotline is 1-888-264-2256

Alabama's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard - cases by county of residence, total number of people tested and testing locations published in real-time.

AL Department of Health - COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -  COVID-19 Information and Resources

Huntsville HospitalUpdated Visitation Policy  Huntsville Hospital Covid-19 Updates 

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations - find up-to-date statistics and graphs charting the COVID19 pandemic - follow real time tracking of Alabama's projected health care resources (hospital beds, ventilators, etc), needed to combat the corona virus pandemic. 


Updates and Resources

General Updates and Information - Links to resources for Communities, People, Non-Profits, and Businesses affected by the virus and in need of assistance. Plus, opportunities for organizations and individuals to provide assistance. Live Updates - Coronavirus COVID-19 news and developments, resources for families, businesses and all Alabamians, to know facts on travel, schools, doctors, hospitals and businesses updated live.

Downtown Huntsville Inc. - Running List Of Downtown Huntsville Restaurants & Retail Stores Expanding Delivery Due To Coronavirus Measures

HAPC TeleChaplain Program - Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care will connect people in the Tennessee Valley with a local chaplain via the phone as well as video calls via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or Facebook messenger.

Huntsville Fighting COVID - Make, donate, or request 3D-printed PPE in Huntsville. 

NPRs Coronavirus Daily - A 10 minute daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture.

WHNT-TV - Updates on impacts affecting Schools, Businesses, Activites, and Sports

Students and Families

Please visit our Resources for Students and Families page. 

Artists, Businesses, and Organizations

Would your church or organization like to set up a blood drive to support Red Cross of North Alabama? Call 256-536-0084.

Arts Huntsville- COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Arts Huntsville Individual Artist Emergency Grant Fund - provides economic support to local visual and performing artists

Neighborhood Concepts - Info on small business loans.

Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce - Information on COVID-19 for the Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama community, including business resources, tips for working from home, and more.

US Small Business Administration - COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


City and State Government Updates


Dekalb County Government Offices -   Dekalb County Commission update on COVID-19

City of Huntsville (municipal) - State of Emergency.  City services remain open. City of Huntsville Covid-19 Response and Information

Huntsville Parks and Rec - Parks and Rec facilities are closed. Parks and Greenways remain open, with tightened restrictions.

Huntsville Public Transit -  Reduced Shuttle Bus Service. Monday through Friday service: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Saturday service will be suspended effective, April 4, 2020.

Huntsville Utilities - COVID-19 FAQ for customers

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library - CLOSED unitl further notice.

Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center-  CLOSED through April 20.

Madison County Courthouse and County Offices -  All Madison County offices are currently closed to the public. This includes all satellite offices.


Closings and Updates

Community and Business

Marshall Space Flight Center -  Mandatory Telework Status in effect. Marshall Center Director Statement on Coronavirus

Redstone Arsenal -  Redstone Arsenal is Open for Normal Operations. Health Protection Status: CHARLIE  Team Redstone COVID-19 Info

US Space and Rocket Center -  Museum and Space Camp Closed. USSRC Covid-19 Updates

Vob Braun Center -  Von Braun Center Postponed and Cancelled Events

Schools and Universities

All Alabama public K-12 schools, will begin e-learning or distance learning from home starting on April 6, 2020. Students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the school year.

Athens City Schools -   Athens City Schools Contingency Plan

Huntsville City Schools -   Huntsville City Schools Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Madison City Schools -   Madison City Schools COVID-19 Updates

Madison County Schools -  Madison County Schools Coronavirus Information 

Randolph School -  Randolph Coronavirus Updates

Alabama A&M University - Moving classes online starting March 16, Dorms closing on March 20.  A&M Contingency Plan

Athens State University -  Classes move online startign March 23

Calhoun Community College -  Online teaching starting March 18 

Drake State - Online teaching from March 17 to April 3

Oakwood University - Oakwood Universtity Contingency Plan

University of Alabama in Huntsville - Starting March 16, UAH will not be offering face-to-face instruction. Coursework and tests will be provided through remote delivery or online. Spring Break will take place as scheduled from March 30 through April 3.   UAH COVID-19 Updates

Wallace State Community College - Online teaching from March 17 to April 3



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