COVID-19

As of August 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM

(according to Alabama Political Reporter)

Alabama had 665,653 confirmed cases of coronavirus,

(24,267) more than last week with 12,000 deaths (168) more

than last week)

 

Greene County had 1073 confirmed cases, (38 more cases than last week), with 39 deaths

Sumter Co. had 1,1632 cases with 34 deaths

Hale Co. had 2,549 cases with 80 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has Johnson and Johnson, one dose vaccination for COVID-19; Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142; ages 18 and up.

COVID-19

As of June 30, 2021 at 10:00 AM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 550,983 confirmed cases of coronavirus,(1,609) more than last week with 11,352 deaths (24) more than last week)

Greene County had 937 confirmed cases, (3 more cases than last week), with 34 deaths

Sumter Co. had 1,062 cases with 32 deaths

Hale Co. had 2,266 cases with 78 deaths

Note: Greene County Physicians Clinic has Johnson and Johnson, one dose vaccination for COVID-19; Call for appointments at 205/372-3388, Ext. 142; ages 18 and up.

One quarter of Greene County’s adults have received one vaccination

Vaccination at Greenetrack parking lot conducted by the National Guard

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), 25% or more of Greene county’s adults, over the age of 16 have received one or more doses of coronavirus vaccine. The ADPH Coronavirus Dashboard, on the state’s website, shows that as of March 30, 2021 there were 2,927 does of vaccine administered to Greene County adults. This includes 2,081 who received one shot and 874 who are fully vaccinated with two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In a press release yesterday, the ADPH says 25% of adult residents of 35 Alabama counties including: Greene, Marengo, Hale, Wilcox, Perry, Lowndes, Dallas, Sumter, Choctaw, Monroe, Washington, Macon and Bullock in the Black Belt, have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. Last Wednesday, March 24, a total of 396 people were vaccinated at the Health Department in downtown Eutaw and a special vaccination site administered by the National Guard at the Greenetrack parking lot. In all, the National Guard has administered 3,738 shots in 24 Alabama rural counties as part of a targeted effort that began last week. The ADPH says in its press release that, “Successful public health efforts to achieve vaccine equity have resulted in higher vaccine uptake among African American residents of Black Belt counties.” This comes after an initial period where immunization of African-Americans, who are more vulnerable to the disease, lagged behind in vaccinations. 64% of the most vulnerable populations above the age of 75 have received one dose or more in Alabama as of yesterday. ADPH says. “People in this age group are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. As we age, our immune cells become more difficult to activate. ADPH maximized our limited vaccine resources to help protect these Alabama residents. Regrettably, 78.8 percent of Alabamians who have died due to COVID-19 are age 65 and older. Vulnerable older residents have been prioritized in our Vaccine Allocation Plan for that reason.” ADPH says that supply remains an issue, as there is not yet enough vaccine available for everyone who would like to be vaccinated. The state continues to receive more vaccine distribution from the Federal government and hopes to make shots available to all who want the by the end of April 2021. ADPH encourages the use of facial coverings after the state mandate ends on April 9, 2021. Masks or other facial coverings will no longer be a mandate after April 9, but ADPH reminds everyone that masks remain one of the most successful tools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many businesses and healthcare facilities will continue to require facial coverings in their facilities. Hospitals and nursing homes are under federal guidance that supports the use of facial coverings, and we anticipate the requirement for facial coverings to remain in place at those facilities.

Newswire : New wave of coronavirus in Africa linked to relaxed public health measures

Dr. John Kkengasong, Head of Africa’s CDC

Mar. 29, 2021 (GIN) – Africa is experiencing a second coronavirus wave more severe than the first, according to a worrying new study published on March 24 by the medical journal The Lancet. The Lancet said one reason for the rise was that some countries were implementing fewer public health measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, probably from adherence fatigue and economic necessity.   The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic progressed more slowly in Africa than the rest of the world, but by December 2020, the second wave appeared to be much more aggressive with many more cases, the medical journal found.   To date, the pandemic situation in all 55 African Union (AU) Member States has not been comprehensively reviewed, the panels of doctors said. “With further waves of COVID-19 infections expected in Africa, the authors wrote, “we are calling for continued monitoring of COVID-19 data, improvements to testing capacity, and renewed efforts to adhere to public health measures.”   The report is the first-ever continent-wide analysis.   “These insights also reveal a need to improve testing capacity and reinvigorate public health campaigns, to re-emphasize the importance of abiding by measures that aim to strike a fine balance between controlling the spread of COVID-19 and sustaining economies and people’s livelihoods,” said Dr John Nkengasong, from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).   Out of the 55 African Union countries the most coronavirus-related deaths occurred in South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.   Meanwhile, more African countries have received the long-awaited first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, with Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Lesotho benefiting from a global initiative called COVAX that aims to ensure doses for the world’s low-and middle-income nations.   African and other health officials have been frustrated by the sight of a handful of rich countries rolling out vaccines after snapping up large amounts for themselves.   “We will be known as the continent of COVID” if Africa doesn’t quickly reach its target of vaccinating 60% of its population of 1.3 billion people, Dr. Nkengasong said.   So far Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Angola, Gambia and Congo also have received their first vaccine doses via COVAX, with several other countries including Mali, Senegal, Malawi and Uganda set to receive them this week.   The numbers are still disappointing the World Health Organization which this week called the African continent “lagging” in the race to vaccinate its people against the deadly coronavirus. Africa needs far greater access to COVID-19 vaccines to reach its goal of vaccinating 60 percent of the population by June 2022, the world health body said.      

COVID-19

As of January 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 429,655 confirmed cases of coronavirus,(21,807) more than
last week with 6,283 deaths
(710 more than last week)
Greene County had 765 confirmed cases, (27 more cases than last week),
with 23 deaths
Sumter Co. had 896 cases with 26 deaths
Hale Co. had 1,795 cases with 42 deaths

COVID-19

As of January 12, 2021 at 9:30 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 407,848 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (23,664) more than last week with 5,573 deaths (579 more than last week)
Greene County had 738 confirmed cases, (29 more cases than last week),
with 20 deaths
Sumter Co. had 890 cases with 26 deaths
Hale Co. had 1,695 cases with 42 deaths

COVID-19

As of November 24, 2020 at 1:24 PM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 236,865 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(13,379 more than last week) with 3,427 deaths (125 more than last week)
Greene County had 413 confirmed cases, (31 more cases than last week),
with 17 deaths
Sumter Co. had 562 cases with 22 deaths
Hale Co. had 932 cases with 31 deaths

COVID-19

As of November 4, 2020 at 11:20 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 197,777 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(10,599 more than last week) with 3,006 deaths (95 more than last week)
Greene County had 354 confirmed cases, (18 more cases than last week),
with 17 deaths
Sumter Co. had 490 cases with 21 deaths
Hale Co. had 816 cases with 30 deaths

COVID-19

As of October 28, 2020 at 11:10 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 187,706 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(13,178 more than last week) with 2,911 deaths (106 more than last week)
Greene County had 436 confirmed cases,
(7 more cases than last week),
with 16 deaths
Sumter Co. had 477 cases with 21 deaths
Hale Co. had 780 cases with 30 deaths

Newswire: Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief

 BY:MORGAN CHALFANT,MIKE LILLIS;SCOTT WONG,the Hill

President Trump said Tuesday (October 6) that he has instructed his top aides to stop negotiating with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on future coronavirus stimulus legislation until after the November election, a risky move just weeks before voters head to the polls.
Trump, who is himself currently being treated for COVID-19, accused Pelosi in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon of “not negotiating in good faith” and seeking “bailouts” for states he says are poorly run by Democratic officials.
“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” Trump tweeted.
The message marked a sharp reversal for the president, who just three days earlier had urged leaders of both parties to come together to finalize an agreement that can hit his desk before the Nov. 3 elections.
“OUR GREAT USA WANTS & NEEDS STIMULUS. WORK TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE,” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon, a day after he checked into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be treated for COVID-19.
Pelosi quickly condemned Trump’s move Tuesday, accusing the president of neglecting his office by refusing to provide help to those struggling under the health and economic weight of the pandemic.
“Today, once again, President Trump showed his true colors: putting himself first at the expense of the country, with the full complicity of the GOP Members of Congress,” she said in a statement.
The Democratic leader added that the White House “is in complete disarray.”
In derailing the talks, Trump seems to be betting that his best shot at reelection is not in getting new emergency funding out the door before Nov. 3, but instead dangling the promise of more aid for after voters go to the polls – particularly if he wins.
The president singled out one area of the talks where both sides have remained far apart for weeks: help for state and local governments. Pelosi is seeking more than $430 billion for those localities, while Republicans have rejected that figure as far too high, wary that Democrats simply want to rescue blue states facing budget crunches as the result of policy decisions made before the pandemic started.
“Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19,” Trump tweeted. “We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith.”
The strategy is a risky one. Millions of Americans remain out of work; thousands of businesses are on the brink of collapse; the major airlines have furloughed tens of thousands of employees in recent days; and American consumers have been wary of returning to restaurants, theaters and public transit, even in regions where they’ve reopened.
Earlier Tuesday, Jerome Powell, head of the Federal Reserve, warned that the long-term effects on the economy could be devastating if Congress fails to act quickly with more emergency relief – comments not overlooked by Pelosi, who has leaned heavily on Powell’s grim forecasts as leverage throughout the talks. And stocks immediately plunged after Trump announced he would call off the negotiations until after the election, which is now four weeks away.
Trump’s tweets came shortly after the president hosted a call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and top congressional Republicans – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) – about the status of the talks.
McConnell and McCarthy have both been cold to the idea of adopting another massive round of stimulus. And the fact that it was their message, not Mnuchin’s, that resonated with the president is some indication of the level of Republican distrust in the Treasury secretary, who has come under fire from the GOP in earlier negotiations for giving away too much to Pelosi.
Trump’s actions appeared to come as a surprise to Pelosi and the Democrats. Mnuchin has been speaking daily with Pelosi, and just minutes before Trump’s tweets, Pelosi told rank-and-file Democrats on a private conference call that she and Mnuchin continued to make progress and that she was waiting to hear back from the White House on state and local funding and other Democratic priorities.
Trump is currently trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in national and swing-state polling. The president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been a central issue in the election.
Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows have been negotiating with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) since late July on a fifth bipartisan coronavirus relief package but have been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement.
The president has remained largely on the sidelines in the negotiations, allowing Meadows and Mnuchin to take the lead on the discussions.
Trump and Pelosi have a particularly chilly relationship and have not had a meaningful conversation for an entire year. In lieu of a deal in August, Trump signed a handful of executive orders aimed at halting federal evictions, extending expanded unemployment benefits and deferring the payroll tax.
The president returned to the White House on Monday evening after 72 hours of treatment for the coronavirus at Walter Reed. Trump, who was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday, has sought to project an image of strength by showing that he has returned to work amid his illness. Some pundits speculated that the President’s decision may have affected by the medications he is taking for the virus.
Trump has also urged Americans not to fear the virus or allow it to “dominate” their lives, remarks that have been met with scrutiny from health experts who argue that he has dangerously minimized the threat from COVID-19.

  • Jordain Carney contributed.