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Alabama WIC introduces self-checkout options

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ashley Johnson(334) 206-5673 Alabama families who receive benefits through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program may start seeing self-checkout options available at their local authorized WIC store. In 2019, Alabama WIC transitioned from paper to electronic benefits authorizing the purchase of WIC foods via an eWIC card. Alabama eWIC cards…

CDC issues guidance as transmission of contagious Delta COVID-19 variant surges, prevention measures outlined

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 More than 900 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Alabama, the largest number since February, and too few Alabama residents are vaccinated. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “The slope…

NIH COVID-19 testing initiative funds additional research projects to safely return children to in-person school

News Release Friday, July 2, 2021 The National Institutes of Health is funding five additional projects to identify ways of safely returning students and staff to in-person school in areas with vulnerable and underserved populations. The awards are the second installment of the Safe Return to School Diagnostic Testing Initiative, launched earlier this year as…