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Apr. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. April 2, 2020. Start new school year as soon as it’s safe. Thanks to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s K-12 schools finally have some certainty about the remainder of the school year. After weeks of wondering how long the shutdown would continue and whether their work to reach...

In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP)

Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug

Apr. 6, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test...

US company poised to start COVID-19 vaccine safety test

Apr. 6, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

A second U.S. company is poised to begin a small safety test of a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it has Food and Drug Administration permission for the study in 40 healthy volunteers in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Missouri. The study is a first step to see if the...

Maine, Maryland institutions to study warm waters, lobsters

Apr. 5, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A group of institutions from Maine and Maryland is using a National Science Foundation grant to study the impact the warming of New England waters is having on baby lobsters. The grant is for $860,000 and a spokesman for the University of New England said the school will share it...

National pandemic training focused on the wrong virus

Apr. 4, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In August, months before the first case of the new coronavirus was documented, some of Colorado’s top health officials gathered in a room at the state Department of Public Health and Environment to train for a pandemic. The hypothetical scenario: A highly infectious and lethal new...

Two James Spirits employee Allie Sieracki fills bottles with hand sanitizer being produced at the distillery, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Detroit. After a revision to FDA regulations on the manufacture of hand sanitizer, bars and alcohol producers are permitted to distribute the product. The distillery is one of many across the country which have shifted their production away from spirits and starting to make hand sanitizer to help ease the coronavirus-induced shortage of the product. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Whitmer tells people with virus symptoms to stay home

Apr. 3, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms fade. Her order came hours before the state that has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 reported...

The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

Apr. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective...

FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2019 file photo, Marcus Schumacher, left, and Ray Morgan, right, pose outside North Dakota's first marijuana medical dispensary during its first day of business. The medical marijuana dispensary that opened in North Dakota's largest city a year ago has been shut down because of slow sales and regulatory delays due to the coronavirus, the facility's operators said in a statement. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)

COVID-19 woes: Fargo medical marijuana dispensary shut down

Apr. 3, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A medical marijuana dispensary that opened in North Dakota's largest city a year ago was shut down Friday because of slow sales and regulatory delays due to the coronavirus, the facility's operators said in a statement. New York-based Acreage Holdings said it's temporarily closing The...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

The Manhattan skyline is seen behind the parking lot and terminal of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York. N.Y. New York Gov. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the terminal with be transformed into a temporary field hospital to increase New York's hospital capacity while cases of the coronavirus skyrocket. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

Apr. 2, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As coronavirus cases soared, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear a face covering when they go outside to prevent the spread of the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six days....