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Rapid virus spread through Indonesia taxes health workers

Aug. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Irman Pahlepi is back at work in Jakarta's Dr. Suyoto public hospital, immediately resuming his duties treating COVID-19 patients after recovering from an infection himself — for the second time. With numbers of infections in Indonesia...

US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge

Aug. 02, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the...

COVID hits 23 in California schools, days after reopening

Aug. 02, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Two neighboring San Francisco Bay Area school districts on Monday reported 23 coronavirus infections among students and staff, just days after in-person classes resumed. Students returned to classrooms at Brentwood Union School District's 11...

Navajo Nation: 9 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths for 2nd day

Aug. 02, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day. The latest numbers pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,421 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. ...

Court declines to hear church's attack on COVID restrictions

Aug. 02, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a lawsuit by a Maine church that sought to take a preemptive strike against future restrictions associated with a variant of the virus that’s spreading across the country. Calvary Chapel in Orrington...

Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID-19

Aug. 02, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying Monday he is “very glad” he received the vaccine, without which his current symptoms would be “far worse.” ...

Required state employee masking, vaccinations in discussion

Aug. 02, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that his administration is discussing with state employee union leaders the possibility of required mask wearing, COVID-19 vaccinations or testing requirements for certain workers, calling the talks “very positive” so far. ...

Central Michigan orders masks at least through September

Aug. 02, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Central Michigan University joined the ranks of schools to require people on campus to wear masks when students to return to campus this fall, the school's president announced Monday. In a letter to students, President Bob Davies said...

Louisiana reinstates indoor mask mandate amid COVID surge

Aug. 02, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana on Monday reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor locations, including schools and colleges, as the state experiences the highest per capita COVID-19 growth in the nation, driven by the delta variant and one of the country's lowest vaccination rates. ...

Virus hospitalizations in Alabama approach 1,600 amid surge

Aug. 02, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

MONTGOME (AP) — The number of coronavirus patients in Alabama hospitals rose to its highest levels in six months Monday as heath officials urged schools to require masks and other measures during a “critical juncture” in the pandemic. Dr. Don Williamson, the former...