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Health Apr 08Countries worldwide hit new records for COVID cases, deaths
Brazil this week became just the third country, after the U.S. and Peru, to report a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths that exceeded 4,000.
Health Feb 05WATCH: White House COVID task force holds briefing as U.S. reaches new grim milestone in deaths
Infectious disease specialists expect deaths to start dropping soon, after new cases hit a peak right around the beginning of the year. New COVID-19 deaths could ebb as early as next week, said the new director of the Centers for…
Politics Jan 07Biden picks Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
Her name had been floated for Biden's health secretary, though she said last month she would be staying in Rhode Island and continuing to focus on the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Dec 17Pandemic backlash drives exodus of public health leaders
At least 181 state and local public health leaders in 38 states have resigned, retired or been fired since April 1, according to an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press and Kaiser Health News.
Health Nov 17Public health programs see surge in students amid pandemic
As state and local public health departments struggle with slashed budgets, surging demand and threats to workers' safety, a new generation is entering the field, determined to help fight the coronavirus and other public health challenges.
Health Nov 12Schools abandon classes, states retreat as virus surges
School systems in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks.
Politics Oct 07High court nominee served as a mentor in religious community that opposes abortion
Barrett has refused to discuss her membership in the People of Praise. The organization opposes abortion and holds that men are divinely ordained as the "head" of both the family and faith, and that it's the duty of wives to…
Nation Sep 15Experts worry as state and local officials roll back virus restrictions
State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social distancing rules again, but public health experts warn the country is setting itself up for failure.
Politics Aug 17Politics slows flow of U.S. virus funds to local public health
Since the pandemic began, Congress has set aside trillions of dollars to ease the crisis. A joint Kaiser Health News and Associated Press investigation finds that many communities with big outbreaks have spent little of that federal money on local…
Nation Aug 10Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak.