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Family members, reflected in the window, wave goodbye to nursing home resident Barbara Farrior, 85, at the end of their visit at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in New York. The home offered drive-up visits for families of residents struggling with celebrating the holiday alone. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Nursing homes to get first round of vaccine in New York

Dec. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prioritize nursing home residents and staff members when it begins distributing the first doses of a vaccine for the coronavirus, hopefully this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The state expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine by Dec. 15, if the...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Chrissie Burkhiser puts on personal protective equipment as she prepares to treat a COVID-19 patient in the emergency room at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement and recruiting nursing students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

Dec. 2, 2020 2:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages. With the virus surging from...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

Dec. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. The S&P 500 was little changed a day after opening December with a bang. It closed at a record high of...

Nebraska could get first virus vaccine doses mid-December

Dec. 2, 2020 2:48 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska could gets its first shipments of a coronavirus vaccine in less than two weeks if the proposed drug wins federal approval, but health care workers will be given first priority and the general public may not get access until April, state officials said Wednesday. Gov. Pete...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, a day before Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans to stay home over the upcoming holiday season and consider getting tested before and after if they do decide to travel. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

Dec. 2, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home. The agency also announced new...

Steelers add C Pouncey to COVID-19 list against Ravens

Dec. 2, 2020 2:45 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play on Wednesday afternoon even as COVID-19 continues to infect players up and down their respective rosters. The Steelers will be without perennial Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list...

Goodell: NFL committed to finishing regular season on time

Dec. 2, 2020 2:44 PM EST

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn't necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used in successfully in...

State again opening COVID-19 recovery sites as cases surge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials are planning to open another facility to help house residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need a safe and therapeutic space to recover while isolating from others. Early in the pandemic, the state established a network of hotels for...

Virus rules prompt restaurant closures in Missouri cities

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in Kansas City and St. Louis County who shut down some bars and restaurants in recent days for violating coronavirus restrictions are facing legal action and criticism from business owners and some public officials. A Kansas City bar owner is asking a Jackson County...

In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, photo, interim Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Concerning the coronavirus surge in Oklahoma, Frye said in a statement

Oklahoma reports record-high 54 deaths as virus surges

Dec. 2, 2020 2:31 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported a record-high 54 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, more than double the previous one-day record, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to surge. The latest deaths were reported in 23 counties across the state between Oct. 24 and Nov....