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Health Mar 04Older adults left behind in desperate dash for vaccine shots
Nonprofits, churches and health care outreach workers are scrambling to to reach older people who are falling through the cracks before the nation's focus moves on and the competition for vaccines stiffens.
Health Mar 01States easing COVID-19 restrictions despite experts’ warnings
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urgently warning state officials and ordinary Americans not to let their guard down.
Health Feb 25As hospital numbers fall, fatigued staff get some relief
Now the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. has dropped by 80,000 in six weeks, and 17 percent of the nation’s adult population has gotten at least one dose of a vaccine, providing some relief to front-line…
Nation Feb 06Inmates at St. Louis jail set fires, break out windows
Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, broke out windows and threw things from fourth-floor windows Saturday in the latest disturbance over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions that have limited visits and stalled court proceedings, officials said.
Nation Jan 12Female inmate’s execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID-19
The U.S. government's plans to carry out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades are on hold, and two other executions this week have been canceled because the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
Health Dec 14U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 300,000 as vaccinations begin
The number of dead tallied by Johns Hopkins University rivals the population of St. Louis or Pittsburgh. It is more than five times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
Health Dec 10One-day U.S. deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11
Up until last week, the peak was 2,603 deaths on April 15, when New York City was the epicenter of the nation's outbreak. More than 106,000 people were hospitalized — also a record total.
Politics Dec 09Tensions rise over masks as virus grips smaller U.S. cities
Public health officials in Boise, Idaho, were about to vote on a mask mandate but ended the meeting because of fears for their safety amid protests outside the building and at some of their homes.
Nation Nov 26Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving
Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.
Health Sep 25COVID-19 tightens grip on U.S. Midwest and West
The U.S. is averaging more than 40,000 new confirmed cases a day. While that number is dramatically lower than the peak of nearly 70,000 over the summer, the numbers are worrisome nonetheless.