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Health Commissioner at Summit County Department of Health Donna Skoda, left, explains the process of testing at a COVID-19 testing site at Chapel Hill Mall on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small, from Idaho to Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

The Latest: Pandemic straining hospitals in northern Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Health officials in Idaho say people with COVID-19 in the northern part of the state soon may have to be sent for treatment in Seattle or Portland, Oregon, because the region’s hospitals are nearing capacity. Kootenai Health said in a statement Wednesday that its hospital is...

Han Shin Bi, a high school senior in Seoul, demonstrates how to take online classes after an interview in Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 18, 2020. “Online classes were really inconvenient,” said Han. Experts say the reduced interaction with teachers, digital distractions and technical difficulties are widening the education achievement gap among students in South Korea, leaving those less well off, like Han, at even more at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Pandemic widens learning gap in education-obsessed S. Korea

Oct. 21, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When South Korea began its delayed school year with remote learning in April, that spelled trouble for low-income students who rely on public education, get easily distracted and cannot afford cram schools or tutors used by many in this education-obsessed country. Students like...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

U. S. Army, Arizona National Guard Pvt. Ronald Aguilar, right, takes the temperature of a man at a drive-thru COVID-19 saliva test on the main campus at Arizona Western College, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. The testing, organized by the Yuma County Public Health Services District, lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and saw 671 tests administered, according to Yuma County spokesperson Kevin Tunnell. The purpose of the testing, according to Yuma County, was to capitalize on the recent development of a saliva test for COVID-19 by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Melbourne eases restrictions after cases drop

Oct. 17, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation....

Andres Gomez works inside an amber mine near the community of Jotolchen II in Chiapas state, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The 11-year-old said that before the new coronavirus pandemic hit, he attended school and then would spend a couple of hours mining after class, but since the school closed in March he is spending entire days mining. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

Oct. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending them to work. Across the developing world, two decades of gains against child labor are eroding. With classrooms shuttered and parents losing...

Passers-by, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, walk along the Grande Place or Grand Square in downtown Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The latest COVID-19 figures published Wednesday by the national institute of public health show that a total of  over 7,000 extra coronavirus cases have been recorded in 24 hours in Belgium. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Large Belgian university moves online again because of virus

Oct. 15, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — One of Belgium’s main universities is moving to online education whenever possible and another is getting ready to follow suit because the coronavirus is continuing to soar across the nation that hosts the European Union headquarters. Ghent University said the measure will begin Oct....

Makerita Iosefo-Va'a and her husband Shaun Va'a sit together in a park near a relative's home where they are temporarily staying in Tracy, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2020. The couple are homesick for American Samoa. She's among an estimated 600 residents of the U.S. territory who were away when American Samoa's governor closed borders to keep the cluster of Pacific islands free from coronavirus. Vaʻa and others say they don't want American Samoa to open its borders, but just to bring them home safely. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Pandemic leaves American Samoa residents stranded, homesick

Oct. 14, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Makerita Iosefo Vaʻa hasn't been home for nearly eight months — the longest she's ever been away from American Samoa. She longs for the breezes that cool island humidity and the ocean sounds and smells that permeate her home in the village of Tula. She also...

FILE - This file photo provided by Adrienne Robillard shows her daughter, name withheld by parent, doing school work at a computer at home in Kailua, Hawaii, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Hawaii's Department of Education is recommending that the state's public schools stop using a distance learning program that parents said had contained racist and sexist content. Schools across the nation have been using Acellus for distance learning and some have dropped the program after parent complaints. (Adrienne Robillard via AP, File)

Hawaii to stop using online program after parent complaints

Oct. 13, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s public schools will stop using a distance learning program after parents complained about racist and sexist content. The state Department of Education completed a review of Acellus Learning Accelerator and reviewers recommended discontinuing its use as a primary curriculum...

A Chicago charter school teacher Angela McByrd poses for a photo before work on her laptop to teach remotely from her home in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Most students in Illinois have been starting remote learning this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

When school is home and home is school, which rules prevail?

Oct. 13, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Toys that look like weapons. Barefoot students. Disruptive imagery in the background. Pets roaming the room. All a clear violation of rules inside most American classrooms. But that was when most American students were actually inside schools. How do standards like these translate when...

In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, photo students work in class at Meridien Public Charter School, in Washington. Several DC charter schools have been doing in-person teaching for small groups of students. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

DC charters offer innovations in pandemic-era education

Oct. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning to school in the nation's capital during the pandemic has proven to be an ongoing experiment in learning — and not just for students. Tall, three-sided partitions were set up at Meridian Charter School to protect students against COVID-19 — until administrators...