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The Walker County Commission on Jan. 18 held off on action involving continuing a COVID-19 personnel policy that has taken place during the pandemic and ended Dec. 31.

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Alabama's seven-day rate of positive testing for COVID-19 is now considered one of the highest in the nation, according to media reports, standing at 46.3 percent on Friday - and with Walker County standing at 44.8 percent positive that day.

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Walker County's moving seven-day percentage of positive tests for COVID-19 has jumped much higher in recent days, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health's website. 

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The Walker County Commission voted Tuesday to award a bid for the long-awaited Curry storm shelter - although the commissioner who helped to push for the shelter was at home nursing COVID-19.

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Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and meeting in Jasper has been cancelled, the latest social casualty of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the county.  more
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. more
CARBON HILL - As COVID-19 has been spreading through the city at a rapid clip, Carbon Hill City Hall was closed to the public Wednesday morning for the rest of the week, and Thursday's Carbon Hill City Council meeting was also cancelled. more

Early this week, Walker County and Alabama finally began to see their COVID-19 seven-day positive test percentage go down, as Friday's county rate of 34.4 percent declined to 32.7 percent, and the state rate of 43.6 percent on Friday declined to 41.1 percent.  

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On Friday, Walker County had 34.4 percent positive testing for COVID-19 over seven days, while the state is at 43.6 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health website. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation's vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because … more
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