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As I was preparing this week's conversation, I found out how treatment of some of the most dreadful diseases known to man are literally going to the dogs. 

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The failure of the electrical power system in Texas, which left millions without heat and other necessities during very cold weather, is beyond awful. Why did this happen?

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To this observer of the hours-long Feb. 16 Auburn City Council meeting, one Councilperson’s multi-part amendment (which was adopted) to the “Short-term Rental/Homestay Ordinance” looks like an eleventh-hour strategy to undermine the years of work done by the Planning Commission and the Task …

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e careful where you step. There are lots of rabbit holes out there, and they are not easy to spot. 

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fective vaccines against Covid-19 had been created in less than a year seemed miraculous — a triumph of science and American ingenuity. It took only six weeks to tarnish that image. Pride in the remarkable feat has been replaced by confusion, accusations of unfairness, frustrating waits and …

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You might say we're living by the numbers. Here's more on what I'm talking about.

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Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center continue to move in a positive direction, falling this week to the lowest level since early November as the third peak of the pandemic continues to wane. 

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As the vaccination effort ramps up across the country, state and locally in Lee County, East Alabama Medical Center stressed the importance of following its guidelines for the Community Vaccine Clinic on Opelika Road. 

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A combined effort by East Alabama Medical Center and the cities of Auburn and Opelika has brought a new vaccine clinic to Opelika Road, one that EAMC officials say could double the number of vaccines administered per day. 

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Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients at East Alabama Medical Center dropped sharply the past few days, even as some experts voiced concern over a new coronavirus variant that is estimated to infect up to 50 percent more people and could become the dominant variant in the United States by Ma…

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Lee County District Attorney Pro Tem Jessica Ventiere is looking to "right the ship" and restore confidence in the Lee County District Attorney's Office after being named to the position by area judges in November. 

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Hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center climbed dramatically this week, setting a new pandemic peak as Covid-19 continues to sweep across the nation, state of Alabama and Lee County, putting health care systems and hospitals under tremendous pressure.  

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Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center reached a new pandemic peak this week as the novel coronavirus continues to surge across the county, state and nation. 

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Perhaps the greatest gift during the holidays for a nation weary and tired of living nine months under the burden of the pandemic came last week, as scores of front-line health-care workers across the country began receiving the first round of their vaccinations against the deadly coronavirus. 

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Vaccinations of frontline health care workers began at East Alabama Medical Center this week as the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Lee County community and EAMC matches its pandemic peak in hospitalizations. 

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The number of patients  hospitalized with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center topped 50 for the first time since July this week as hospital officials warn that the Auburn area is facing its third peak since the pandemic began in mid-March. 

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The novel coronavirus has reared its ugly head once again, as cases of Covid-19 and hospitalizations skyrocket across the nation and state of Alabama, with local hospital officials expressing worry about the weeks ahead and asking the Auburn community to once again help "flatten the curve" t…

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The world received some welcome news this week as Moderna announced promising results of a preliminary analysis of its candidate vaccine for Covid-19. 

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Each year, the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama continues. Homes stand divided while fans from both sides anticipate the annual Iron Bowl to kickoff every Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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While the nation anxiously awaits the results of the presidential election, which could stretch on for days or longer as mail-in votes are tallied and court challenges weighed and decided, there were no surprises in Lee County on Tuesday, as residents flocked to the polls and Republican cand…

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Alabama Rural Ministry is still accepting donations for its No More Shacks initiative as it continues its work helping residents recover from the 2019 tornadoes and offering home repair. 

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Covid-19 hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center have dropped sharply over the last week, reaching the lowest level in more than a month. 

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Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center have held steady over the past week, while Auburn University reported the fewest weekly new cases since fall semester began. 

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As the leaves begin to fall, marking the change of a season, local Auburn residents, alongside citizens all over the country, begin to prepare to take part in what may be the United States' most consequential election for the presidency in modern history. 

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The United Way of Lee County will officially launch its 2020-2021 campaign this week with the goal of raising $925,000, the amount needed to support area agencies that fulfill Lee County’s most basic needs and provide support in times of community crisis. 

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The Auburn area has seen a sharp decline in the number of new cases of Covid-19 over the past two weeks, although health officials are still waiting to see whether Labor Day weekend activities will result in an increase in the coming week ahead. 

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Editor's Note: The Villager is reprinting the following essay by EAMC infectious disease specialist Dr. Ricardo Maldonado, which was shared by East Alabama Medical Center last week, in order to provide the most clear information straight to readers from area experts. 

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While the daily Covid-19 case count and moving averages have trended downward over the past month, Lee County has now passed 3,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. 

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Auburn residents have about 70 days left to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election in November, amid concerns that policy changes at the Postal Service instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy would impact the delivery of absentee and mail-in ballots. 

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In early August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would be changing the timetable of the Census, opting to close counting on Sept. 30, 2020 instead of the original Oct. 31 date. 

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The Auburn area continued to mourn this week the passing of native son and Lee County Commissioner Johnny Lawrence, who died last Friday at the age of 62 after a weeks-long battle with Covid-19. 

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While many will turn to mail-in ballots to cast their picks in the general election in November, plenty of voters are still expected exercise their vote the old-fashioned way — by standing in line at their voting precincts. 

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East Alabama Medical Center joined other hospitals in the state this week in asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend the statewide mask mandate before it expires on Friday.