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Info about COVID-19 in North Alabama

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

updated 1019am 5/27/20

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. 

Looking for Educational Resources? Please visit our Resources for Students and Families page.

Looking for ways to help? Please visit our How to Help in the Tennessee Valley page.


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.

Places to get a COVID19 test in Madison County - a list from the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce of medical facilities currently offered COVID19 testing

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. 


City and State Government Updates

"Safer at Home" Plan - amended, but remains in effect through July 3rd. - Read the entire order here

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

City of Huntsville (municipal) - State of Emergency.  Full list of City services impacted by COVID-19. City of Huntsville Covid-19 Response and Information

Huntsville Parks and Rec - Re-opening and returning to normal operations to the extent allowed under State Health Officer orders as of  May 4, 2020. See the full list of restrictions and guidelines.

Huntsville Public Transit -  As of Monday, May 11, Huntsville Transit has resumed its regularly published bus schedules. More details.

Huntsville Utilities - COVID-19 FAQ for customers

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library - CLOSED unitl further notice. Book returns are open. Curbside pick up service is availble at 9 locations.

Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center-  will remained closed unitl at least July 6  As a provider to a vulnerable population, the senior center will remained closed until state and local helath authorties determine it is safe to reopen. Meals on Wheels program is ongoing.

Madison County Courthouse and County Offices -  All Madison County offices are open to the public, as of Monday, May 4, 2020. This includes district offices and satellite offices.


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. Coronavirus in Alabama -'s full collection of stories and information on COVID-19, coronavirus, the pandemic affecting Alabama.

Downtown Huntsville Inc. - Running lists of Downtown Huntsville restaurants & retail stores expanding delivery due to coronavirus measures and Downtown Food And Beverage Establishments Who Are Resuming On-Premise Consumption

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

Where to find free food in Hunstsville and Madsion County - Many families and individuals are facing food insecurity during at this time; this list from Rocket City Mom features multiple organizations availble to help. 

Artists, Businesses, Organizations, and Workers

Arts Huntsville- COVID-19 Resources for Artists

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

Booz | Allen | Hamilton - Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to provide funding to nonprofit organizations, individuals and eligible small businesses who want to solve the most pressing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply for the grant here.

gener8tor Artists Business Assistance Training - This free, virtual help program helps local artists, musicians and creatives improve their business skills through webinars, one-on-one coaching and other services.

Get Your Gift On - Local businesses can share ordering information, ways to purchase gift cards and links to staff support funds on this site, hosted by the Huntsville/ Madison County Chamber of Commerce. 

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


Closings and Updates

Community and Business

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

Redstone Arsenal - Employees will return to work on the Arsenal on Tuesday, May 26th. Gates 1, 7, 8, and 9 will be opened. Force Protection Status: Bravo  /  Health Protection Status: Charlie  Team Redstone COVID-19 Info

US Space and Rocket Center -  The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will open Monday, May 25, 2020 pending State and local guidelines and in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and American Camp Association guidance. Space Camp resumes June 28 - July 3, 2020   USSRC Covid-19 Updates

Von Braun Center - Box Office OPEN    Von Braun Center Ticket Information and list of 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. Resources for Students and Families

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 -  A&M Contingency Plan

Athens State University -  ASU Coronovirus Updates

Calhoun Community College -  Calhoun Coronavirus Information

Drake State - Drake State COVID-19 Response

Oakwood University - Oakwood Universtity Contingency Plan

University of Alabama in Huntsville -   UAH COVID-19 Updates

Wallace State Community College - Wallace State Coronavirus Updates



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