... north of the state yesterday. The storm outbreak was the second to hit the south in as many Sundays. 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. 20,000 people in Jefferson County do not have power. Storm damage is being reported in Opelika, AL, specifically in the Pepperell Village area. 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. The order said Texas did not have legal standing to bring the claim. (Original reporting by One America News, Fox News, the Washington Post, and Life Site News contributed to this report.). 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. People are advised to stay away from downed power lines. Late on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech. Opinion | Thinking: I’ll know it when I see it, Opinion | Prisons, justice reform and the art of the possible. We have 3 confirmed tornadoes so far. 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 - … President Trump and his team designed Operation Warp Speed to join private pharmaceutical companies with government agencies and the military in showing the world once again what our great country could do when the world needed us.”. Zeta in Alabama:Widespread power outages, damage reported across the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health reported increases of 3,853 cases and 52 deaths Friday. See the hole in the gym's side, Widespread power outages, damage reported across the state, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Wilson said it will likely be spring or early summer before vaccines will be widely available for the general public. There are homes destroyed in the Marshall County town of Boaz. Damage:Two Autauga County schools damaged after Hurricane Zeta. Weather. “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. 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. A gas station was destroyed in the Johnson’s Crossing community in Cullman County. 4,086 Alabamians have already died from COVID-19, the medical condition caused by the coronavirus. 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. 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. “That’s information that is still to be determined,” Wilson said. No Wisdom, No Courage!” Trump wrote in a statement on Twitter. It’s unclear how long it will take for the full shipment to arrive. 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. @lindseyharris85 / @lindseyharris85 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. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - As Tropical Storm Zeta pushes through central Alabama, high winds appear to be causing some damage in parts of our area. The number of COVID-19 patients at UAB Hospital has doubled over the last two weeks, due to small Thanksgiving gatherings, and the hospital predicts it’ll double once more before Christmas Day, according to a UAB doctor. 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… UAB will notify those medical workers who’ve been pre-selected as having the greatest need for protection, she said. By Joshua Gauntt. The majority of damage was isolated to southern counties including Pike, Covington, Houston, Henry and Barbour counties. Nafziger said hospital administrators Friday morning met and decided to further reduce the number of elective procedures being done, and that the rush of COVID-19 patients is requiring more and more intensive care beds to be set up for other patients throughout the hospital. “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.”. “Moderna will dramatically increase the number of sites that can administer the vaccine and house the vaccine,” Williamson said. 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.”. “I’m going to ask you this. By WBRC Staff. “We’ve got to stop this now before conditions get even worse,” UAB’s Dr. Sarah Nafziger said. Ivey, even if they hate you for it, Opinion | Moore, Brooks should be ridiculed, shunned for Electoral College stunt. Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas against four battleground states claiming that voters across the country were impacted by those swing states improperly changing their election rules. This is already one of the worst months the state has experienced during the global pandemic and there are three weeks left in December. “Holiday parties are just not a good idea right now. Dr. Mark Wilson, Jefferson County’s health officer, told reports Friday that it’s still unclear how long immunity from COVID-19 will last after vaccination, or if additional booster shoots will be necessary after a period of time. Prior to COVID-19, Alabama had approximately 24,000 nursing home residents and 31,000 employees. 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. 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. Similarly, there is not yet any studies on the vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The Category 2 storm also caused damage to two Autauga County schools, Prattville High and Prattville Intermediate School. 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. 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 Texas lawsuit asked the Supreme Court to delay the December 14 Electoral College vote and block Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from casting votes in the Electoral College for former Vice President Joe Biden (D). The storm leaves major flooding and damage in its wake. Damage reports on social media show impacts to Mobile, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and more. Arkansas had more than 100,000 residents without power. “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. A weak brief tornado touched down along county road 46/Grist Mill Road. — NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) April 1, 2020 The positivity rate in Alabama over the last week was 35 percent. Johnette Lamborne said the storm caused damage to her home, car and storage shed in Alexander City, Alabama, on Sunday. In fact, it appears more likely than not.”. The vaccine will not be available yet for children younger than 16 years old, because that has not been studied yet. The Category 2 storm also caused damage to two Autauga County schools, Prattville High and Prattville Intermediate School. 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. Matson said initially, nursing homes are to be allocated enough of the Pfizer vaccine to protect approximately 26,000 people. There was some flash flooding in Birmingham and other places. Public health experts say it should be at or below 5 percent or there isn’t enough testing and cases are going undetected. “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. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide on Friday were 2,100 — down just slightly from Alabama’s record of 2,165 on Thursday, when ICU availability was at its lowest point since the start of the pandemic. 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… Hurricane Sally officially made landfall at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama. 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 … 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. An old gas station was completely destroyed. A second round of storms rolled across southern Alabama Sunday night into Monday morning. Three people did reportedly suffer injuries in that area. Three people were hurt and 12 homes were damaged west of Demopolis in Marengo County, the Alabama … 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.”. Wilson asked the public to hold Christmas gatherings with only those who live in their households, avoid travel and any large gatherings. Brooks, however, is still pledging to challenge the Electoral College results when they are presented to the 117th Congress on January 4. UAB is to receive approximately 10,725 initial doses, which will be administered to front-line UAB Hospital personnel, clinical staff and emergency medical services teams from UAB’s seven-county region and other hospitals within Jefferson County. ... in Huntsville said a storm survey team found damage from an EF-1 tornado in northwest Cullman County. The vaccine has to be stored at extremely cold temperatures limiting how it can be stored. But Grant Brown, the coastal community's public information officer, could … Thousands of people are without power today across the state of Alabama and crews are out working to restore power. 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.”. Update⚠️ on the damage from yesterday's storms-3/31. 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. Kay Ivey and Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris have made nursing homes a priority, and that it’s been no different with the vaccines. Nationally the COVID-19 death toll has reached 302,762. 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. “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. Alabama could begin receiving a shipment of 41,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in a matter of days, arriving in batches of 1,000. Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama as a Category 2 storm. 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. — Walt Maddox (@WaltMaddox) April 13, 2020 As of press time, there are no known fatalities in Alabama, but three persons in Jefferson county were reportedly injured. “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. The Country and our economy would be in shambles. At least 11 people have been killed in Mississippi, including a Lawrence County sheriffs deputy and his wife. Pfizer’s is a two-dose vaccine, but Williamson said the federal government has said to use all of those initial 41,000 doses and the government will provide the required follow-up doses three weeks later. The tornado moved eastward and ended just after it crossed Reynolds Mill Road. “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 CDC panel is expected to meet soon to vote on whether to recommend the vaccine and for which groups. Two Autauga County schools damaged after Hurricane Zeta. 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. 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. The storm leaves major flooding and damage in its wake. A tornado touched down in the Walker County town of Carbon Hill. There was also a record number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators. 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. At least 4,086 Alabamians have died from the coronavirus since March. 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. “I know they don’t have as many nurses as they used to. © 2020 www.montgomeryadvertiser.com. “This is where people are going to have to be patient,” Wilson said. 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. Williams said “assuming there’s no problems with storage,” those initial vaccines should all be administered within a week to 10 days. Storms hit parts of Alabama on Sunday as forecasters warned of possible tornadoes and flooding in the South. There was also a tornado touch down in the Sumiton/Dora area of Walker and Jefferson Counties destroying some structures. For the second time this April, severe weather struck the storm-battered South with a damaging trio of tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms. “The Supreme Court really let us down. (Original reporting by the Hill contributed to this report.). Treat everyone you know as if they have COVID-19,” Nafziger said. The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 508 deaths from COVID-19 in the first 11 days of December. Severe weather had been forecasted for the state and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) placed the state under a state of emergency Sunday afternoon. Williamson said planning the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been challenging for everyone involved. Off-duty B’ham officer hits 17-year-old pedestrian. “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.”. 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. A more thorough estimate of storm damage will be available after the sun comes up. Dr. Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of UAB’s Emergency Management Committee, speaking to reporters Friday. Opinion | What would it take for you to care about you? Opinion | What in the world are people thinking? Opinion | Amendment 4: Stairway to heaven or highway to hell? “President Trump announced Project Warp Speed in March 2020. 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. Please let us know if you have any photos or reports of wind damage from yesterday's storms. ... Storm damage is seen at Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church his Dadeville, Ala, on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Republican insider and Trump supporter former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr. (R-Montgomery) praised the President. At least three people were injured when a tornado touched down near the Walker-Jefferson County line in Alabama yesterday afternoon. Two Alabama nursing homes are located inside hospitals, and those facilities will use hospital staff at those locations to administer vaccines, he said. Storm surveys are still ongoing in other areas of the state.Survey teams on Monday confirmed an EF-1 tornado with 100 mph winds caused extensive damage in Carbon Hill in Walker County. As of 5:45 a.m., about 125,000 customers are without power.”. Severe weather impacted the Southeast during Sunday and Sunday night. “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. Opinion | Just do the right thing, Gov. It will be many months before vaccines are widely available to the public, and in that time, thousands more could get sick and die. 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. He also suggested people not sit across from a table with anyone not in their own household. The Pfizer vaccine’s 95 percent effectiveness at preventing infection is promising, but the vaccine comes with its own challenges. Nearly half a million residents are without power. 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. Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. Those cases are being studied by doctors and researchers. The state of Alabama was one of eighteen states that joined Texas in its bid to have the Supreme Court overturn Joe Biden’s election victory. The National Weather Service is still assessing damage from Tuesday’s storms. While the first healthcare workers in Alabama will get vaccinated as early as Tuesday, the arrival of the vaccine does little to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Sunday storms cause damage in areas of Jefferson County. The suit was supported by 106 members of Congress. 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