HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Data released Friday show 89% of the more than 61,000 long-term care workers in Connecticut required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 under Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order were fully vaccinated as of Oct.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Mississippi Supreme Court is extending a emergency order that allows judges to postpone jury trials to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The extended order by Chief Justice Mike Randolph remains in place through Nov.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers are planning for the Honolulu Marathon, even though it’s not clear government officials will allow it to be held in December.
While Honolulu is easing pandemic-related restrictions on large events, organizers are frustrated that neither Hawaii Gov.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Executive Council on Wednesday rejected $27 million in federal funds for vaccination outreach, thrilling outspoken activists who previously derailed a public meeting and delayed the vote.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to intervene to stop Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' requirement that health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by month's end.
(RNS) — Throughout the different stages of the pandemic, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mecca — a largely Latino migrant town in Southern California’s Coachella Valley — distributed face masks and food, hosted COVID-19 tests and advocated for the vaccine as soon as it became available.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Students, teachers and staff at Missouri schools who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be allowed to stay in school and participate in extracurricular activities if they meet certain criteria, state education officials said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 214,500 households across Connecticut will receive at least $95 in extra monthly food benefits beginning Friday, the state Department of Social Services announced on Tuesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley's decision to contradict the COVID-19 quarantine guidance of public health officials is creating sharp divides in Louisiana's school districts, which already were a hotbed of disputes over how to handle coronavirus infections.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Savannah says city officials are weighing whether to pull the plug on next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon because of concerns that the event could cause a spike in coronavirus infections.
DENVER (AP) — A salmonella outbreak tied to seafood that Denver-based Northeast Seafood Products Inc. processed or manufactured has sickened at least 82 Coloradans in 14 counties.
Of 102 people in 14 states who got sick from salmonella, all but two live in Colorado or reported traveling to the state the week before they became ill, according to a food safety alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — West Nile virus infections and deaths are both up in Colorado from last year, and there have been more cases so far than at any point since 2016, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu will soon begin allowing a limited number of fans at University of Hawaii football games and other outdoor entertainment events as it begins to ease restrictions protecting the community from COVID-19.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines.
Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out convention that was, in fact, a sea of misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines and the pandemic.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by 33 Oregon State Police troopers to temporarily halt a mandate that requires them to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State-employed public health experts said the Montana health department used “misleading and false” claims in support of an emergency rule that urged schools to consider parental input when adopting rules for wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Montana State News Bureau reported.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's best hope for avoiding another holiday spike of COVID-19 infections and deaths lies in large part on people who've not been vaccinated getting a jab next week, the state health officer said Friday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The postcard covered with images of syringes beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines.
Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out convention that was, in fact, a sea of misinformation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Straining under a pandemic workload and battered by a string of public controversies, one of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland has joined other Nordic countries in suspending or discouraging the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in certain age groups because of an increased risk of heart inflammation, a rare side effect associated with the shot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several San Francisco Bay Area counties will begin loosening mask requirements for certain indoor public settings, including offices, gyms, college classrooms and churches, once they reach low COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates and at least 80% of the total population is fully vaccinated, officials announced Thursday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signaled Thursday that he wants to reward frontline workers in Kentucky who stayed on the job throughout the pandemic by giving them bonuses.
Beshear floated the proposal earlier this week, saying he wants to use $400 million of the state's share of federal pandemic aid to provide health care workers and others with the extra pay next year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit in Louisiana over Republican lawmakers’ efforts to block coronavirus restrictions imposed last year by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has been dismissed by a state appeals court.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials on Wednesday posted another 91 deaths from the coronavirus, increasing the state total to more than 6,600.
Of those deaths, two occurred earlier in the year and the remaining 89 were people who have died since early August.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The most recent wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be waning in Alabama, with hospitalizations and new cases falling rapidly in the past month, but the state could face another round of illness without additional vaccinations and precautions, health experts said Wednesday.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish health authorities on Wednesday suspended the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 30 and under, saying the move was done out of precaution.
The reason for the pausing is “signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels, Sweden’s Public Health Agency said in a statement.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state health authorities say a woman in her late 30s has died from a rare blood-clotting syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Public Health Seattle & King County said Tuesday the woman was the fourth person in the United States to die due to blood clotting issues following the J&J vaccine.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While the number of Connecticut state employees who remain noncompliant with Gov. Ned Lamont's COVID-19 vaccination mandate continues to shrink, hundreds still face the possibility of unpaid leave as Monday night's deadline loomed.
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday against hearing an appeal of a decision that found Gov. Charlie Baker did not overstep his authority with sweeping orders to close businesses and limit gatherings to control the coronavirus early in the pandemic.
EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — More than 6,100 Afghan evacuees housed at Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, federal officials at the base said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has received his COVID-19 vaccine and will be eligible to play in all games.
The Warriors said coach Steve Kerr made the announcement to reporters Sunday after practice before the team traveled to Portland to play its first preseason game.
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s worried that people resisting COVID-19 vaccine shots based on religious grounds may be confusing that with a philosophical objection.
Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, says getting the COVID-19 vaccine is no different in concept than receiving other vaccines such as for measles, which have been done for many years.
It’s a milestone that by all accounts didn’t have to happen this soon.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 700,000 late Friday — a number greater than the population of Boston. The last 100,000 deaths occurred during a time when vaccines — which overwhelmingly prevent deaths, hospitalizations and serious illness — were available to any American over the age of 12.
VOLUNTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been detected in mosquitoes for the first time this year in Connecticut, according to state health officials.
Mosquitoes trapped in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown on Sept.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The United States reached its latest heartbreaking pandemic milestone Friday, eclipsing 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 just as the surge from the delta variant is starting to slow down and give overwhelmed hospitals some relief.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped into single digits for the first time in nearly two months Friday, but the virus continues to exact a heavy toll on the state.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death toll in Illinois from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 25,000, the state Department of Public Health reported Friday.
The disease has killed 236 additional people since the department last reported the pandemic's extent in the state on Sept.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who need certain types of surgeries will need to wait longer under a public health measure that will continue through October.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that he was extending the measure through Oct.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A vote was abruptly delayed Wednesday on a Los Angeles proposal to impose one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates to enter indoor businesses and venues, after questions were raised about it creating public confusion and even if it could be enforced.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow workers to opt out of their employer's COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they're tested weekly or can prove they have natural antibodies.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday deemed some Republican-backed budget provisions to be unconstitutional attempts to restrict COVID-19 public health measures but allowed language limiting possible government vaccination requirements.
BOSTON (AP) — Families of veterans who died in one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in a U.S.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Angry opponents of the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate forced the postponement of Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, further delaying a vote on $27 million in federal aid to boost New Hampshire’s vaccination efforts.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 75% of Maine's population that is age 20 and older is now fully vaccinated against coronavirus, the state's public health agency reported on Wednesday.
Maine has one of the highest rates of vaccination for COVID-19 in the country.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are urging schools to continue requiring masks despite a decline in COVID-19 cases in the state, which has one of the nation's lowest vaccination rates and worst death rates.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he'd allowed the state's public health emergency for the coronavirus pandemic to end, saying he didn't need any additional powers to respond to it.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is experiencing a downward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases after a crippling late-summer surge, but Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday she was “gravely concerned” about an outbreak in the northeastern part of the state following the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children but the shots may not be available until November.
The company said Tuesday it provided health regulators with data from a recent study of its vaccine in children 5 to 11 years old.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate voted Tuesday to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers for the sixth time during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite pushback from Republican lawmakers who argue the state is no longer in crisis.