Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the closely knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the...

Dr. Benjamin Aaker, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, announces a campaign to promote voluntary mask-wearing launched in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The campaign's promotion of public mask wearing counters Gov. Kristi Noem's promotion of doctors who doubt the efficacy of masks in preventing coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

South Dakota medical groups promote masks, countering Noem

Oct. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation's worst outbreaks, a move that countered Gov. Kristi Noem's position of casting doubt on...

A volunteer soldier holds his Kalashnikov weapon as he rests near a front line at a military base during a military conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh is raging, unimpeded by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire, while Armenia and Azerbaijan are trading blame for the deal's quick unraveling. (AP Photo)

Armenia, Azerbaijan keep fighting despite cease-fire deal

Oct. 27, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh raged on Tuesday, unimpeded by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire, while Armenia and Azerbaijan traded blame for the deal's quick unraveling. Azerbaijan accused Armenia of striking the Barda region with rockets, killing four...

Bus Operator, Cathy Davis-Baker, gets a Covid test as part of an initiative by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to test its workers Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at the Grand Avenue Bus Depot in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York to increase testing of public transit workers

Oct. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday it is embarking on a first-in-the-nation testing program to test thousands of workers weekly to guard against a second wave of the coronavirus. MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said the goal will be to test 15% of frontline workers...

Illinois Gov. Pritzker bans indoor dining in Chicago after latest surge of COVID-19 cases

Oct. 27, 2020 4:29 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pritzker bans indoor dining in Chicago after latest surge of COVID-19 cases.
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots as Democrats had...

President Donald Trump talks with the traveling press as first lady Melania Trump waits near Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. They flew together on Marine One to Andrews Air Force Base but are traveling on different planes to campaign separately. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Melania Trump makes 1st solo 2020 campaign trip

Oct. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Melania Trump is slamming Joe Biden, Democrats and the media as she campaigns for her husband in Pennsylvania. In her first solo appearance of the presidential campaign, Mrs. Trump says Democrats focused on a...

A woman with an umbrella passes the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. U.S. stocks are drifting Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, as momentum slows a day after Wall Street slumped to its worst loss in a month on worries about rising virus counts and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy.  The (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks end another wobbly day lower as virus cases rise

Oct. 27, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

Stock indexes are closing mostly lower on Wall Street Tuesday as the market’s momentum slows further on worries about rising virus counts and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy. The S&P 500 lost 0.3% after swinging between small gains and losses earlier. Most stocks in the...

A member of the Kansas State marching band plays the trombone while wearing a face mask during the second half of an NCAA football game against Kansas Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Manhattan, Kan.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Latest: Positive test halts Cal basketball workouts

Oct. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ California’s men’s basketball team is pausing workouts after an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The school says he is not showing symptoms and the team is following all contact tracing, quarantine...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden faces challenges in quickly combating the pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WILIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — If Joe Biden wins next week's election, he says he'll immediately call Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert. He'll work with governors and local officials to institute a nationwide mask-wearing mandate and instruct Congress to pass a sweeping spending bill...