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A man whose aunt is suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19 receives a delivery of medical and food supplies dropped off by workers from the city government, in the Coyoacan district of Mexico City, Thursday, April 9, 2020. To help halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the Mexican megalopolis is making home deliveries to households with a symptomatic person, providing kits containing food staples, face masks, gloves, antibacterial gel, paracetamol, a thermometer, and benefits cards with a balance of 1000 pesos (around $42). (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico City seeks to help home-bound, homeless in pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico City government is sending out teams to help the home-bound and the homeless during the shutdown declared to combat the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Almudena Ocejo, the city’s secretary of social inclusion and welfare, said the program aims to keep people off...

A family, wearing masks due to the virus outbreak, carry drinks as they walk through the empty streets of the village of Exeter, N.H., Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Jobless claims up; epidemiologist sees early hopeful signs

Apr. 9, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s top disease expert on Thursday offered glimmers of hope that the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts are working, as unemployment claims continued to pile up due to the pandemic. More on developments in New Hampshire: COMMUNITY MITIGATION New...

Seattle area Hepatitis A cases up amid coronavirus pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — More than 100 people have contracted hepatitis A in the Seattle area since the beginning of January, coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials said. Public Health — Seattle & King County previously recorded no more than 16 cases annually over the last...

A homeless person sits on a wheelchair under rainy weather on Sunset Blvd., in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles Monday, April 6, 2020. One population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless. Officials have vowed repeatedly to get them indoors, but testing shortages and bureaucratic wrangling are making it difficult. Relatively few of California's 150,000 homeless population have been moved into individual quarters. It's unclear how many even have the highly contagious virus. It's a problem playing out nationwide and it's unclear how many may even have coronavirus. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Massive effort to get Los Angeles homeless into hotels

Apr. 8, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To curb the coronavirus spread, Los Angeles has embarked on a massive effort to bring thousands of homeless people off the streets and into hotels to protect them and others from infection. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that money from the federal government would...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 8, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ April 7 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the new Centers for Disease Control guidance on masks: Last week, the Centers for Disease Control changed its guidelines on homemade coronavirus masks, recommending that Americans wear the cloth...

Denver opening roomier shelter, hotel rooms for homeless

Apr. 7, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver is opening a large, temporary homeless shelter and making about 300 hotel rooms available to homeless people who need to be isolated because of the coronavirus, moves the mayor said Tuesday are essential to protecting the whole community. About 250 members of the Colorado National...

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard, center right, greets a visitor in a vehicle at a coronavirus testing site, Monday, April 6, 2020, at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, R.I.  Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that CVS Health is rolling out a free, rapid COVID-19 test at the new drive-through testing site. Results from tests being administered at the site could be ready in as little as 15 minutes, the governor said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rapid virus testing site opens; new jobless program launched

Apr. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

A rapid virus testing site opened in Rhode Island on Monday and the state is launching a new federal jobless benefits program while shuttering more courthouses. A look at those and other virus-related developments in the state: __ RAPID TESTING SITE CVS Health began offering a free, rapid COVID-19 test at a new...

2 eateries destroyed, residents displaced by massive fire

Apr. 6, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire destroyed at least two eateries and left several people homeless in a northern New Jersey community, authorities said. The fire in downtown Ridgewood was reported around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It started in a building housing a bagel shop and quickly spread to a nearby...

Chicago opens shelters for newly homeless in virus crisis

Apr. 5, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has opened shelters at five new locations to house the homeless as the city grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s homeless numbers are expected to rise after a state-imposed stay-at-home order forced more people out of work. Lisa Morrison Butler, head of...

Ann Arbor's famed Violin Monster talks affordable housing

Apr. 5, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — On a mild and gray winter afternoon, students passing through the Denison Archway toward the University of Michigan Diag mostly ignored the masked performer who was serenading them. Some stared at their smartphones as Zachary Storey warmed them up with a rendition of “Amazing...