Alabama Department of Public Health state health officer Dr. Scott Harris and chief medical officer Dr. Mary McIntyre cautioned Alabamians about rising rates of COVID-19 and asked them to be vigilant during the days ahead. The spread of the virus has resulted in the greatest increases in hospitalizations since July, and for the past six weeks there have been at least 1,000 new cases per day. In July, Alabama hospitals were at maximum capacity.
Local News on COVID-19 Pandemic
More than 11 million people in the United States have now been infected with the coronavirus and more than 248,000 have died as case numbers reaching alarming new records across the country.
The coronavirus pandemic is prompting Alabamians to make difficult decisions about how and whether families and friends gather for Thanksgiving 2020.
As soon as mid-December, healthcare providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine, according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday.
Lake Scene Directory
- Alexander City police search for murder suspect
- Alex City police arrest man for hindering prosecution in double murder
- Double murder suspect in custody after manhunt
- Vehicle located but investigators still searching for murder suspect
- Mysterious boom heard Thursday morning, multiple Tallapoosa County residents report
- Wreck claims life of Alexander City woman
- FOSTER LOVE: Adoptive parents give the gift of family
- Alexander City councilmember overcomes COVID-19
- COVID-19 affecting municipal operations in Tallapoosa County
- Tallapoosa County reports record 73 COVID cases in one day
- PHOTOS: Horseshoe Bend wins a game and loses a game versus B.B. Comer Tuesday night
- PHOTOS: Black Friday shoppers go local, if it all
- PHOTOS: Dadeville switches on courthouse Christmas tree lights in ceremony
- PHOTOS: Dadeville coach Michael Taylor hosts speed and agility camp for local athletes
- PHOTOS: Horseshoe Bend handles business on Friday versus Donoho
- PHOTOS: Benjamin Russell tipped off its basketball season at home on Tuesday
- PHOTOS: Alexander City Chamber hosts annual Holiday Open House
- PHOTOS: Central Coosa opened its season at home Thursday night versus Fayetteville
- PHOTOS: Dadeville travels to Elmore County on Monday to start basketball season
As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Alabama, now is not the time to be lax. While Tallapoosa County is considered at moderate risk, that data is reevaluated often and can very easily change.
The Outlook wants to applaud all area teachers and staff for a smooth first day of school. Tallapoosa County Schools started last week and Alexander City Schools started Tuesday. As journalists, we’re always out there on the scene witnessing the action firsthand and we can proudly say our sc…
As more is learned about COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is providing updated guidance about testing priorities, listing and defining types of tests and quarantine and isolation requirements for COVID-19 patients and their contacts.
Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday awarded $7 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support two programs of the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH). Of the funds, $1 million will be used for the ADMH’s Crisis and Recovery Services program and $6 million i…
The Alabama Department of Public Health said a memo issued Thursday by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) says spectators will be allowed to attend football games and other athletic events, but attendance likely will be significantly reduced, according to a news release. Un…
Woody Woodpecker Learning Center in Alexander City will be closer for the remainder of the week due to possible COVID-19 exposure, according to a Facebook post from the daycare center Thursday.
Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced a $50 million grant program to support nonprofit and faith-based organizations that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alabama Nonprofit Grant Program and the Alabama Faith-Based Grant Program will be awarded to eligible applicant…
Bill Nichols State Veterans Home has gotten a bad rap lately for the investigation into the safety measures of its facility and health of its residents. While there is no doubt the number of veterans affected by COVID-19 is beyond disheartening, the staff of Bill Nichols also does the best i…
Less than 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to the state over the last 24 hours. It was the state's lowest single day increase since July 8.
The State of Alabama continues to experience increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. While there has been a recent decline in the percentage of persons who test positive, the state is currently facing a surge that has overwhelmed Alabama’s ability to provide test results within the two- t…
The Southeastern Conference has established Sept. 26 as the new kickoff for its 2020 football season to allow its universities to focus on the healthy return of their campus communities and the gradual re-introduction of athletics. The 14 members of the SEC continue to monitor developments r…
Gov. Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning.
In light of Gov. Kay Ivey’s expansion of the mask order and the extension of the safer-at-home order, Russell Medical Foundation has canceled the Aug. 8 Lake Martin Digital Scavenger Hunt.
It seems like only six months ago I went to Gainesville to watch Bruce Pearl and Auburn take on Florida at the O’Connell Center. The Tigers got blown out by the Gators, but that’s not important right now. I could have sworn I was also starting to get pretty excited about the upcoming Super B…
As sharply noted by Central Alabama Community College public relations director Brett Pritchard, education does not stop simply because the coronavirus pandemic is still present. Therefore, the Alabama Community College System, including CACC’s Alexander City location, has released a plan fo…
Central Coosa superintendent Andi Wilson said communication is key for the ever-changing plan regarding the return to school. Based on guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, guidelines may be altered as time goes on.
Out of concern for the health and safety of the general public and licensees, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today approved an emergency order that limits the hours of operations for restaurants, bar and entities that sell alcohol. Effective immediately but not enforced until S…
As plans for returning to school are finalized and tweaked, parents and students may still have some unanswered questions or concerns about protocol and safety measures. The following most frequently asked questions should provide some additional insight into Alexander City Schools’ current …
Almost five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, local health officials feel like they are delivering a message from a skipping record.
According to Matthew 11:25, Jesus prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children….”
Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle is following the recommendation of 103 physicians from Birmingham and will make masks mandatory for all faculty and all students over the age of 7.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama is nearing 70,000 and about one-third of those cases have been reported in the last two weeks.
Although there is certainly a lot of unrest in the nation and unimaginable things going on in the world, there is a lot of good happening right here in the Lake Martin area.
We asked our readers on The Outlook Facebook page what they think about Gov. Kay Ivey’s latest mandate to require all Alabamians to wear masks in public. Did she make the right call? Here are some of the responses:
Nearly 2,000 more new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state in the last day and the cumulative number of cases has now topped 60,000.
Oskar’s Café has been customer-focused for nearly 30 years and that hasn’t changed now. When an employee tested positive for COVID-19, Oskar’s owners quickly and efficiently posted to social media in full transparency to the community.
As numbers of positive coronavirus cases continue to rise, it’s no surprise locals are taking advantage of Main Street Family Care’s testing services — especially since it rolled out the rapid antigen test at the beginning of July.
More than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the last day and hospitalizations have spiked over the weekend, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.