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$300M in emergency loans OK'd; New York restrictions imposed

Mar. 26, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo told House and Senate leaders the extraordinary measure is needed because the...

Sinn Fein Society members Bill Bradley, left, and John Lowenthal, right, walk the sidewalk of the St. Patrick's Day parade route in downtown Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Last week, Savannah's mayor announced the city's 196-year-old St. Patrick's Day parade was called off due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

When Irish eyes are absent: Virus subdues St. Patrick's Day

Mar. 17, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — St. Patrick's Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. It was the first St. Patrick's Day in more than 250 years...

Americans adjust to new life, hunker down amid coronavirus

Mar. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

Workers lost their jobs, parents came up with impromptu home lesson plans for children kept home from shuttered schools. Families fretted over dwindling retirement accounts, the health of elderly parents, and every cough and sneeze in their midst. Millions of people settled into new and disrupted routines...

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces reporters during a news conference, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Raimondo, took questions on what officials described as the state's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus. Officials said the person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in February of 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Providence declares state of emergency over virus

Mar. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence declared a state of emergency on Thursday and barred gatherings of more than 100 people in response to the threat from the new coronavirus. Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city would not issue any licenses or permits for special events until further notice, and...

A custodian cleans the lobby of the Roundabout Theatre Company in Times Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he will announce new restrictions on gatherings to halt the spread of the new coronavirus in the coming days. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The city sleeps: New York bans big gatherings, museums close

Mar. 12, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Museums prepared to shut their doors, the opera was silenced, lights dimmed on Broadway, big gatherings were banned and the subway was shunned as the largest city in the United States wound down Thursday amid a rise in coronavirus cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that gatherings with...

FILE - In this March 17, 2018 file photo, boats move through the water as the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago. Chicago on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 joined the growing ranks of cities across the United States to cancel its Saturday St. Patrick's Day Parade amid concerns about the coronavirus. The city will not be dyeing the river green either. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

St. Patrick's Day parades nixed, from New York to Dublin

Mar. 12, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The postponement of the March 17 parade adds to the roster of events and holidays upended around the...

Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home.  The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Americans snap to attention on virus as big events canceled

Mar. 11, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

A basketball tournament, with no fans. A St. Patrick’s Day, with no parades. College campuses, with no students. Corporate headquarters, with barren cubicles. The nation snapped to attention on Wednesday as the new coronavirus was declared a pandemic, stocks slid into bear market territory and the American...

New York City postpones its St. Patrick's Day parade because of concerns about the coronavirus

Mar. 11, 2020 10:12 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City postpones its St. Patrick's Day parade because of concerns about the coronavirus.

Governor asks for no large events in Rhode Island

Mar. 11, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday called for people to avoid attending or organizing events with more than 250 people amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The guidance stops short of the outright bans that have been issued in harder-hit parts of the United States, but...

People wait at a bus stop, in Rome, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italy announced a sweeping quarantine early Sunday for its northern regions, igniting travel chaos as it restricted the movements of a quarter of its population in a bid to halt the new coronavirus' relentless march across Europe. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Mar. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — In a story March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, The Associated Press erroneously reported that there were confirmed cases in Guadeloupe, one of France's overseas territories. A French official says there are currently no proven cases of the virus in the Guadeloupe...