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Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nevada prepared to start reopening parts of its economy last month, a team of medical experts recommended to Gov. Steve Sisolak that he require people wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor promoted masks but resisted making them a ...

China virus cases stabilize as Italy sees drop in deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China has extended COVID-19 tests to newly reopened salons amid a drop in cases, while South Korea continues to face new infections after it eased social distancing rules to lift the economy. In the U.S., Vice President Mike Pence called off off a planned campaign bus tour ...

World leaders, stars unite at event aimed at fighting virus

LONDON (AP) — A summit that included a star-studded virtual concert hosted by Dwayne Johnson has raised nearly $7 billion in cash and loan guarantees to assist the poor around the globe whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Global Citizen said its summit with world ...

France holds municipal elections postponed by virus crisis

PARIS (AP) — France is holding the second round of municipal elections in 5,000 towns and cities Sunday that got postponed due to the country's coronavirus outbreak. The voting to fill local offices in Paris and thousands of other places was suspended after the first round of the ...

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases. Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White ...

Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 34 more cases Friday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19 Friday. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends. They include three men and three women older than 60 and one male under 60, all from Hillsborough County, and one man ...

Bar owners worry as virus surges in their workplaces

HOUSTON (AP) — The din of conversation and music that normally fills The Cottonmouth Club in downtown Houston fell silent last Friday when the owners shut it down for a second time during the coronavirus pandemic — a week before the Texas governor ordered all bars to follow suit amid a ...

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Welcome to New York! Now don't come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can ...

Florida bans bar alcohol consumption as coronavirus spikes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars Friday as its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago. The Florida agency that governs bars announced the ban on Twitter just ...

New data show COVID-19 situation improving in nursing homes

Newly released state data show the vast majority of nursing homes in Connecticut that have had positive cases of COVID-19 and associated deaths did not report any additional cases or deaths over the past week. Dr. Deidre Gifford, the acting Department of Public Health commissioner and the ...

Maine hotels reopen to out-of-staters, but will they come?

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine innkeepers and hoteliers are opening their doors to out-of-state tourists on Friday for those who've either tested negative for the coronavirus or are willing to quarantine for 14 days. But many say visitors are canceling over the measures. Greg Dugal, ...

Vermont expands no-quarantine options for some visitors

Vermont is expanding the area from where people can visit the state without quarantining to dozens of more low-COVID-19 counties as far away as Ohio and West Virginia, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The goal of the expanded program that begins July 1 is to make it possible for more people to ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s see-no-evil posture on coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don't look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic ...

Hard-hit tribe takes strict steps as virus surges in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People in the deserts of Arizona flee to the White Mountains when the triple-digit heat is too much to bear, cooling off in the forest a few hours away. That worries a Native American tribe that calls the area home, as coronavirus infections and temperatures have both ...

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 ...