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SC pharmaceutical plant adds 380 jobs in $215M expansion

Jul. 11, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pharmaceutical plant in South Carolina has announced a $215 million expansion, that will create 380 new jobs. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., in a news release Friday, said the expansion would include adding new office, warehouse and vaccine production space at its plant in Lexington...

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs answers a reporter's question at Gov. Tate Reeves' COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. State officials provided reporters an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi limits elective surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official has ordered a temporary halt to all elective surgeries to try to save hospital bed space as the state sees a rapid expansion in cases of the new coronavirus. The order by the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, covers all medical facilities...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes part in a tour of a massive temporary hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp took part in a tour of the 200-bed facility, constructed quickly in the lower levels of the Georgia World Congress Center which normally plays host to large conventions and sporting events. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool)

Atlanta mayor clashes with governor as Georgia expands beds

Jul. 11, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that Georgia would increase hospital bed capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations surged, the state set a new single-day record for coronavirus infections and he clashed anew with Atlanta’s mayor. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents of the...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is preparing to help hospitals shuttle some recovering virus patients into nursing homes to make space for arrivals as it reported more than 4,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday — still the highest rate of infection per capita in the nation. The state Health...

Gloria DeSoto, 92, bottom left, visits with her family, reflected in the glass in their car, from a window of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, where she lives, in New York, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Her family was able to visit by a speaker while they stayed in their car and DeSoto stayed behind the glass of an entryway. They had not been able to visit since March 10, when many nursing homes began to shut down visitations for fear of spreading the coronavirus. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, home to 700 residents, just started these non-contact visitations and will be scheduling them seven days a week to help families and residents reconnect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NY eases visitor ban aimed at curbing virus in nursing homes

Jul. 10, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Certain nursing homes in New York can allow visitors — with restrictions — starting July 15 as the state eases a ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly residents. Only nursing homes and long-term care facilities without any new coronavirus...

FILE - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wears a mask during a news conference on April 15, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Herbert is considering issuing a statewide mask mandate after discussing the issue with state legislators this week. The Republican governor raised the possibility of a statewide order last week as the state has continued experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases. He held a virtual meeting with House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President J. Stuart Adams on Tuesday to discuss a potential state measure, Fox 13 first reported Tuesday, July 8, 2020 night. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah hospitals call for statewide mask mandate as beds fill

Jul. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah healthcare company executives called on state leaders Friday to require masks as intensive care unit bed space dwindles amid a sustained surge in coronavirus cases. The newest plea came one day after Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he will require masks in schools as they...

Department of Health Commisioner Jan Malcolm delivers the latest testing statistics on COVID-19  during a news conference at the Department of Public Safety in St. Paul, Minn.  on Saturday, May 23, 2020.  Minnesota health officials are reporting a record high for COVID-19 cases for the second straight day. (Evan Frost /Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Minnesota care centers to let 'essential caregivers' visit

Jul. 10, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans who qualify to be designated as “essential caregivers” will be allowed to visit family members in senior living centers under new guidance Friday from the state health department, which loosens restrictions that have kept loved ones under a near-lockdown for...

Connecticut traffic picks up, but still less than in January

Jul. 10, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

Traffic has picked up across much of Connecticut as more businesses reopen and people return to work, but there are still fewer drivers on the roads than before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Data compiled by The Associated Press show there are currently about three times the vehicle miles traveled in Connecticut...

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, left, confers with Marc Rolph, the University of Mississippi Medical Center executive director of Communications and Marketing during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, about concerns with the state's spike in COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The medical professionals attending detailed recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Numbers of COVID cases in Mississippi continue to rise

Jul. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Department of Health reported 1,031 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, as numbers of new cases continue to rise in the state. Officials reported 11 deaths. The day marked the highest-ever number of hospitalizations for coronavirus with 711 people in...

Gilead Sciences, Matson rise; WD-40, Eli Lilly fall

Jul. 10, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Friday: WD-40 Co., down $6.44 to $194.06. The lubricant maker reported disappointing second-quarter financial results. Matson Inc., up $9.13 to $36.49. The shipping and logistics company gave investors an encouraging second-quarter...