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Alabama hospitals urge patients only go to emergency rooms for true emergencies and not for COVID-19 testing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D., (256) 383-1231 As cases of COVID-19 in Alabama increase rapidly, subsequent hospitalizations due to the virus have risen at a rate not previously seen. Alabama hospitals have been admitting significantly more COVID-19 patients recently, including patients who are younger, sicker and unvaccinated. As a result, emergency rooms are…

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…