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COVID-19

Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to ...

Bars close, cities debate masks as Florida virus cases rise

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A popular bar in Florida where dozens of workers and patrons have come down with the new coronavirus had its alcohol license suspended after a state inspector found patrons weren't socially distancing and following other rules meant to ...

Few demonstrators test positive; tax-free weekend Aug. 29-30

BOSTON (AP) — After thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Massachusetts following the killing of George Floyd, public health officials worried the mass protests could give the coronavirus a chance to spread. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said about 2.5% percent of those who ...

Putin hails response to virus, rolls social support measures

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further social support measures and incentives for businesses will be introduced as he hailed the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the run-up to a vote that could extend his rule until 2036. Speaking in a ...

Fauci hopeful for a vaccine by late 2020, early 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's top infectious disease expert said Tuesday he is cautiously optimistic that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021, but warned that the next few weeks will be critical to tamping down coronavirus hot spots around the ...

Candy company is sweet on Maine’s popular CDC director

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine candy company has a sweet spot for the state's Center for Disease Control director. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, served as inspiration for the "Shah Bar" created by Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections. The candy bars feature an image of the ...

Utah governor: No economic shut down despite virus spread

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert says he has no plans to shut down the economy even though he shares some of the concerns of the state's epidemiologist, who warned a "complete shutdown" might be imminent if the state can't stop a prolonged spike of coronavirus cases. Herbert tweeted ...

Businesses across country benefit from at-home projects

It’s Vinnie Lavorgna’s third year running his Premier Power Cleaning and Landscaping business in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He hadn’t expected a pandemic or the 75 percent increase in business he’d received in the last few months because of it. “It’s a lot because we’re a small ...

COVID-19 closes many summer camps

CONCORD – Parents looking for summer camps for their children will have few to pick from and almost none with overnight accommodations. The coronavirus has taken its toll on New Hampshire’s 150 plus summer camps that have seen an 80 percent reduction in their revenue stream, the ...

Coalition introduces bill to help restaurants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-2, helped introduce The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act with a bipartisan coalition of nine of her House colleagues. The bill would create a $120 billion restaurant stabilization grant program ...

Phoenix mandates wearing masks amid surge of virus cases

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix on Friday approved a measure requiring people to use face masks in public to ward off the spread of the coronavirus as Arizona hit an all-time high for new daily cases. In an emergency meeting called by Mayor Kate Gallego, the City Council voted 7-2 in ...

Chileans mass produce caskets to deal with COVID onslaught

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nicolás Bergerie's family has been making coffins for four generations, with barely any alteration. But when he saw the coronavirus ravaging Europe, he decided to roll out a new product. The "COVID" is a casket that eliminates precious woods, detailed carvings and ...

Summer vacationers weigh testing, quarantine or staying home

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Homebound travelers desperate to venture out for the first time since the pandemic are confronting a vacation landscape this summer that may require coronavirus tests for the family and even quarantines. States from Maine to Hawaii are trying to strike a balance ...

Tribes turn to musicians to raise kids’ awareness of COVID

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — The scene is the pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 93 in Pablo. In the midst of a gaggle of dancing children, a young hip-hop artist raps out a serious message: "I pull my mask up to my face so I know that I'm straight. ... I wash my hands in the sink, I ain't taking ...

EU leaders agree to move on quickly on virus recovery deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders found that a quick deal on the bloc's future long-term budget and a multibillion-euro post-pandemic recovery plan remained beyond their reach Friday as the coronavirus ravages their economies. Following a four-hour video summit aimed at paving the way ...

VIRUS DIARY: A pandemic, a layoff & a suddenly stay-home dad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The day his boss looked over at the TV screen and gave a forlorn nod at the plunging red lines of the stock market, my husband could feel the layoff coming. It was a gut punch when it hit our family, like millions of others. But we didn't have much time to ponder as he ...

Hungry neighbors cook together as virus roils Latin America

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Clara Arango wakes at 4 a.m. daily and checks on the ingredients for breakfast. Eighteen pounds of oats, 13 pounds of sugar and a pound of cinnamon sticks, all ready. An hour later, Arango, 43, is using a shovel to stir 30 gallons of sweet oatmeal in a stainless-steel pot ...

California orders people to wear masks in most indoor spaces

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday started requiring people throughout the state to wear masks in most indoor settings and outdoors when distancing isn't possible as the coronavirus continues to spread. "Science shows that face coverings and masks work," Gov. Gavin Newsom said ...