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Tuscaloosa is doing its part to help “flatten the curve,” according to Mayor Walt Maddox. On Tuesday, Apr. 14, Maddox tweeted that residents are making “real progress” to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home. He said that he’ll present a “responsible plan” to reopen the community on April 28.
Maddox said his recommendation will be based on three essential elements.
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Following a third round of funding disbursement on Monday, Apr. 13, the Small Business Relief Fund has now awarded $140,000 in funds to 60 local businesses. The fund, a partnership between the Chamber and the Community Foundation of West Alabama, is designed to provide immediate relief for small local businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.
“Providing immediate help to small businesses in this challenging time was top of mind for everyone involved in this process,” said Bobby Bragg, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber. “We’re so pleased so many businesses have taken advantage of this fund.”
Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber, said he was appreciative of the donors who helped make the fund a success.
“We are fortunate to live in a community with such great corporate citizens, as well as generous individuals,” Page said. “Our donors for this fund stepped up right away and asked how they could pitch in and be of service.”
Audrey Vermilyea of Monarch Espresso Bar, a downtown coffee shop that received an award through the SBRF, said the fund proactively provided relief for the business community.
“For many small businesses, these uncertain times are trying,” Vermilyea said. “Funds like these help us weather the storm and are an encouragement to us and our team. It's a tangible reminder that the community is behind us.”
Additional funding is needed, Page said, and donations can be made via the Chamber’s and the Foundation’s website.
To donate to the Small Business Relief Fund or apply, visit https://tuscaloosachamber.com/small-business-financial-assistance/.
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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says there are some damage reports in the area from severe weather that moved through on Sunday. At one point Sunday evening, part of Tuscaloosa County was under a tornado warning, as a system moved through the southern part of Lake Tuscaloosa. Maddox said there was some sporadic damage there – with trees down and power outages. As of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Alabama Power reported just over 4,800 customers in Tuscaloosa County were in the dark.
With the threat of severe weather, including the possibility of tornadoes and high winds on Sunday, Apr. 12 (Easter Sunday), residents are no doubt concerned. Should they go to a tornado shelter in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The City of Tuscaloosa has announced that its shelters will open if the weather gets ugly on Sunday, deferring to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s recommendation that protection from weather should be the first priority.\
The city will open tornado shelters at 11 a.m. at:
- Tuscaloosa Magnet School
- Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy
- University Place Elementary
- Alberta School of Performing Arts
- McDonald Hughes Community Center
The city encourages you to make a plan *now* for your family that considers COVID-19 guidelines, including gathering with as few people as possible, and having face coverings and hand sanitizer.
USA Triathlon today announced that the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships will not take place as originally planned on May 30-31 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global pandemic.
In addition to meeting the needs of its students, Shelton State Community College (SSCC) is working to meet the needs of the West Alabama community.
Medical supplies from the College’s health services programs have been made available to local agencies during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. Donated items from the College’s simulated healthcare settings have included N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.
“We appreciate the dedication of those in the health fields during this time of crisis,” said Joye Jones, Dean of Instruction. “Many of these individuals are our former students, and we are happy that we can provide items to protect them in their line of work.”
Shelton State Community College continues to monitor and respond to this ongoing situation, and updates will be provided as they are available. For more information, visit sheltonstate.edu/covid19.
On Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m., City of Tuscaloosa landmarks will be lit with blue lights in honor of healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
Tuscaloosa City Hall, the Tuscaloosa River Market, the Downtown Intermodal Facility and the fountain at Alberta Park will be lit with blue lights as part of a national effort to #LightItBlue in honor of healthcare workers. Buildings, landmarks, bridges and more across the country will be lit blue on April 9 at 8 p.m. local time.
The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority has announced that Ol' Colony Golf Course will reopen Wednesdays-Mondays with single rider carts available and takeout service available. Call ahead for a tee time. Additionally, there are some slight modifications to the PARA parks' operating hours. Restrooms are now open.