Latest Pandemics News

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Aug. 03, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until October 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a...

New Mexico sets rules to launch pandemic debt collection

Aug. 03, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s court system is taking steps to ease financial upheaval as the state braces for a wave of foreclosures on delinquent mortgage loans and the state phases out a moratorium on commercial debt collection orders often tied to credit cards or health care. ...

Judge blocks Texas troopers from stopping migrant transports

Aug. 03, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday blocked Texas from allowing state troopers to stop vehicles carrying migrants on the grounds that they may spread COVID-19 as worries and new cases are rising along the U.S.-Mexico border. The temporary order by U.S....

The Latest: Judge says migrant stops could worsen pandemic

Aug. 03, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has ordered Texas to keep state troopers from stopping vehicles that are carrying migrants on the grounds that the migrants may spread the coronavirus. The temporary restraining order handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Kathleen...

DeSantis won't move on masks as Florida COVID wards swell

Aug. 03, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions. With the much more...

St. Louis mask mandate temporarily on hold; Kansas City sued

Aug. 03, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

St. Louis County residents will not be required to wear masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least two more weeks, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday against a mask mandate that was issued last month. Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie”...

Garden to open for El Paso Walmart shooting 2nd anniversary

Aug. 03, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in the border city of El Paso will unveil a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico. Much like the...

Woman pleads guilty to pandemic-related unemployment fraud

Aug. 03, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to using stolen identities to fraudulently obtain more than $250,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits, federal prosecutors said. Lilly Nguyen, 24, of Stoneham, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in...

1st cruise ship docks in Puerto Rico since pandemic began

Aug. 03, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Carnival Mardi Gras docked Tuesday in Puerto Rico — the first time a cruise ship has visited the U.S. territory since the pandemic began. Some cautiously celebrated the arrival. It comes as Puerto Rico has reported an increase in...

Maine's largest health system to require staff vaccinations

Aug. 03, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — MaineHealth, the state's largest health care provider, is going to make COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for employment, mandating that 23,000 workers get vaccinated this fall, officials announced Tuesday. The parent of Maine Medical Center...