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Here's your Daily News for March 22.
1. Alabama infections top 130; daycare closure clarified
  • As of Sunday morning, the Alabama Department of health is reporting 138 cases of COVID-19 in 21 different counties in Alabama now and still no deaths reported.
  • On Friday ADPH also backed off a previous order on child daycare facilities closing statewide, saying that facilities will be allowed to stay open but must keep the number of children in any room or other enclosed space below 12.
  • The change followed an order Thursday that prohibited gatherings of 25 people or more and mandated closing child daycare centers, preschools, schools and senior citizen centers. Dining in restaurants and bars also was prohibited, with only takeout ordering allowed.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday clarified that limits on public gatherings did not apply to work and workplace events.
  • Ivey on Saturday urged small businesses hurt by the virus outbreak to apply for disaster loans through the federal Small Business Administration. The low-interest loans offer up to $2 million to help qualifying small businesses pay bills and cover their payrolls.
  • “Small businesses represent the backbone of Alabama’s economy, and many of them need immediate help in these trying times,” Ivey said in a news release.
  • Read the rest of the report HERE.
2. McConnell: ‘Very close’ on rescue package
  • Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House are pushing toward resolution on a ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, as President Donald Trump urged a deal to steady a nation shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • With a population on edge and financial markets teetering, all sides indicated late Saturday that a deal is within reach. At issue is how best to keep paychecks flowing for millions of workers abruptly sidelined by the crisis.
  • Talks also narrowed on a so-called Marshall Plan for hospitals as well as industry loans to airlines and others all but grounded by the virus outbreak and national shutdown. The post-World War II Marshall Plan helped to rebuild Western Europe.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Saturday all sides were “very close” to a bipartisan resolution.
  • Read more about the deal HERE.
3. State prisons stop intake of new inmates
  • The Alabama Department of Corrections announced late on Friday that they are blocking new prisoner transfers from county jails for at least the next 30 days because of the coronavirus.
  • The moratorium on new transfers includes no new commitments, no court returns, and no new admittance of parolees or probationers who violated their terms of probation.
  • ADOC said that while the moratorium is in effect, intake procedures and intake dorm space will be assessed as well as providing longer yard time hours in order to get inmates out of cramped dormitories.
  • All personal and legal visits have been stopped by the department and ADOC says they are adhering to the CDC-recommended health and hygiene guidelines.
  • One ADOC employee has already tested positive for COVID-19 but it was not released which facility they worked at. So far there has been no confirmed case within the inmate population.
  • You can read more about the situation from the Montgomery Advertiser’s Melissa Brown HERE.
4. Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories
  • The spring of the coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast.
  • Bars and restaurants are empty in Florida because of an invisible threat nearly a decade after the BP oil spill ravaged the region from the ocean floor up, and condominium reservations have taken a nosedive in Alabama.
  • There’s no crude on the sand, just fear and uncertainty over COVID-19, the disease caused by the new threat. Some beaches are closed to limit crowds.
  • No one is rolling dice or playing the slots in Mississippi’s casinos, which are closed to slow the viral spread, and other businesses are seeing a slowdown. The party has all but stopped in New Orleans, where Bourbon Street is eerily quiet, its bars and nightclubs shuttered for who knows how long.
  • “The parallels with 2010 are …. I don’t even know if I have the words,” said Tony Kennon, mayor of the tourist-dependent town of Orange Beach, Alabama.
  • Read the rest from Jay Reeves HERE.
5. We want to hear from you
  • The coronavirus has upended a lot of people's ways of life and has caused some major shifts in the social order in a short span of time.
  • We at Alabama Daily News want to hear from you how this virus and the social distancing measures have impacted your life.
  • Send us around 200 words of how things have changed in your life or how the virus has impacted you.
  • You can send them to me at, Will Whatley at or Mary Sell at
  • And remember to stay away from large crowds, keep six feet distance between people and wash your hands.
  • Here's a nifty song from Neil Diamond to help you remember all that.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama infections top 120; state backs off daycare closings

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories along Gulf Coast

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - McConnell: ‘Very close’ on rescue package topping $1T

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – March 20, 2020

AL.COM  - No more laptops, phones in Public Service Commission hearings
AL.COM  - 'The system is overwhelmed’: Alabama man still waiting for coronavirus test results
AL.COM  - 'A total nightmare’: Alabama restaurateur dreads laying off hundreds
AL.COM  - What went wrong with Tuscaloosa coronavirus tests? Hospital changes course after unusable samples
AL.COM  - On the frontline, a rural physician prepares for coronavirus
AL.COM  - Alabama businesses eligible for low-interest loans to offset pandemic impact
AL.COM  - Alabama research offers hope in the fight against coronavirus
AL.COM  - Report: Alabama 3rd highest share of adults under 60 at risk of coronavirus complications
AL.COM  - Austal ship building continues after Navy deems it a ‘national need’ despite coronavirus
AL.COM  - Columnist Frances Coleman: For the sake of the rest of us, don’t be a butthead.
AL.COM  - Contributor Isaac Cooper: COVID-19 exposed financial unpreparedness, take these steps.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS  - State Health Officer warns coronavirus ’20-30 times deadlier’ for seniors than the flu
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS  - Ivey orders up to 100 guardsmen be readied for action
TIMES DAILY  - Crisis highlights digital divide in Alabama.
TIMES DAILY  - The Times Daily: Embrace the ‘opportunity for us to shine’
DECATUR DAILY  - Officials worried about coronavirus impact on revenues
DECATUR DAILY  - The Decatur Daily: Virus bringing community together
TUSCALOOSA NEWS  - In public health emergency, agencies make plans for vulnerable
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER  - Coronavirus and education: Montgomery superintendent Moore anticipates more school closure
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER  - Coronavirus in Alabama: Confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 131
DOTHAN EAGLE  - The Dothan Eagle: In trying times, think of others
WASHINGTON POST  - Italy’s coronavirus death toll feeds fear of what lies ahead in Europe and the U.S.
WASHINGTON POST  - Negotiators race to finalize coronavirus rescue bill to aid reeling economy
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump administration scrambles to offer guidance on what to do if hospitals run out of basic supplies for coronavirus
WASHINGTON POST  - Mail voting could secure the November election. But can election officials make it happen in time?
WASHINGTON POST  - Hospitals warn of shortages, closures without emergency aid
WASHINGTON POST  - ‘If coronavirus doesn’t get us, starvation will’: A growing number of Americans say they can’t afford to stock up on groceries
NEW YORK TIMES  - ‘Chilling’ Plans: Who Gets Care as Washington State Hospitals Fill Up?
NEW YORK TIMES  - Governments and Companies Race to Make Masks Vital to Virus Fight
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