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California may prioritize age above all for COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 24, 2021 5:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advocates for farmworkers, teachers, grocery store clerks and other essential workers are worried they will have to wait until this summer to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as California considers giving priority to older residents. State officials said the move makes sense...

New Mexico reports 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 5:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 635 new COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths. The latest figures pushed the state’s totals to 169,205 cases and 3,145 known deaths since the start of the pandemic. On Saturday, health officials had reported 859 additional cases and...

Wisconsin shows lowest daily COVID-19 total since September

Jan. 24, 2021 5:45 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials on Sunday confirmed 1,119 positive tests for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily total since September. The trend of lower cases and hospitalizations continues to play out in daily reports. The state Department of Health Services lists the...

Get vaccinated, Cuomo urges worshipers at 3 Black churches

Jan. 24, 2021 5:36 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged worshipers at three churches serving largely Black congregations to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are able. “We now have a vaccine that will save lives, but it will only save lives if we take it," the Democratic governor said...

Annual count of state's homeless called off due to COVID-19

Jan. 24, 2021 5:22 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of South Dakota's annual point-in-time count for the state’s unsheltered homeless population have cancelled the effort this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sara Hornick, Rapid City-area coordinator of homeless services for Volunteers of America, said the...

Increase in COVID-19 deaths slows somewhat in Texas

Jan. 24, 2021 5:14 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There has been a decrease in the number of reported new deaths in Texas due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, according to the state health department. There were 208 additional deaths reported Sunday after 407 new deaths were reported Saturday following three...

Virus hospitalizations down to lowest total since Aug. 20

Jan. 24, 2021 5:09 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus have fallen to its lowest total since Aug. 20, with Sunday's update by the North Dakota Department of Health showing 49 people who are being treated in medical facilities. That's down one from Saturday's report. The state's hospital tracker...

Topeka prison reports 89 virus cases to lead state hotspots

Jan. 24, 2021 5:05 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least 89 coronavirus cases have been reported at the Topeka Correctional Facility since Jan. 8 to make the prison the largest current hotspot in the state. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says no other school, day care, long-term care facility, business, sport or...

Arkansas eighth in US in new coronavirus cases per capita

Jan. 24, 2021 5:05 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas had the eighth highest rate of new cases per capita in the United States at 1,036.86 per 100,000 population according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Sunday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases in Arkansas declined during the past two weeks from 2,900.57...

Illinois logs another 3,292 COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 4:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois logged another 3,292 probable and confirmed COVID-19 infections and 40 related deaths, state health officials announced Sunday. The state’s Department of Public Health reported the seven-day test positivity for Illinois had dropped to 6%. Overall, Illinois has reported more...