Ryan Shurette, interim district ranger for the Shoal Creek District of the Talladega National Forest, said that as of Thursday, four popular facilities have been shuttered due to the virus.

Down in Alpine, Debbie Wade read the news, and it was ruthlessly bleak. The darkness was unabated: the spread of the novel coronavirus, the sickness, the deaths, the fear, the unknown. But there was one thing she could do. So she started sewing.