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Jim Craig, senior deputy and director of health protection at the  Mississippi State Department of Health, answers a reporter's question at the governor's news conference in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gives virus info by age and site but not by race

Apr. 7, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health has not released statistics showing the race of people testing positive or dying from the new coronavirus, but a top official says he thinks black residents have been disproportionately affected, as they have been in some other states....

Bridget McDonald, right, receives a ballot from poll worker Patty Piek-Groth on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the Janesville Mall in Janesville, Wis. Hundreds of voters in Wisconsin are waiting in line to cast ballots at polling places for the state's presidential primary election, ignoring a stay-at-home order over the coronavirus threat. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

Pandemic politics: Wisconsin voting underway despite virus

Apr. 7, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters lined up to cast ballots across Wisconsin on Tuesday, ignoring a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in the state's presidential primary election. The lines were particularly long in Milwaukee, the state's largest city and a Democratic stronghold, where...

The Latest: South Dakota reports 2 more coronavirus deaths

Apr. 7, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 12:15 p.m. South Dakota health officials reported two new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday, as well as 32 new confirmed cases. The total number of people who have tested positive rose to 320 in the...

Death toll up to 9 from outbreak at Tennessee nursing home

Apr. 7, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nine people have now died in a coronavirus outbreak at a Tennessee nursing home where more than 100 people tested positive, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday. Sumner Regional Medical Center spokesman Kyle Brogdon confirmed the new total of fatalities from the Gallatin Center for...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul said Tuesday, April 7, 2020, that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown. The Republican lawmaker tested positive for the virus in March, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

Apr. 7, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown. The Republican lawmaker tested positive for the virus in March, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate. “I appreciate all...

Fargo-area leaders to unveil 'stay home' plan for COVID-19

Apr. 7, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The leaders of the North Dakota's largest metropolitan area said Tuesday they are unveiling a plan that expands on Gov. Doug Burgum's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement by Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and West Fargo City Commission President Bernie Dardis came...

A man stretches, at the entrance of his home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 as South Africa continued its 21 days lockdown in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

66 at South African hospital have coronavirus, mostly staff

Apr. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sixty-six people at a single hospital in South Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, the health minister said Tuesday, as anxiety rose among health workers over the shortage of protective gear. At least 48 of the people who tested positive at St....

Cars line up with people seeking COVID-19 tests, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Lowell, Mass. The City of Lowell, the state and CVS Health have teamed up to open Massachusetts' first free, rapid COVID-19 drive-up testing site that will be able to test up to 1,000 people per day and provide results in about 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

No coronavirus samples, just coffee, spill in traffic crash

Apr. 7, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A car carrying samples to be tested for the coronavirus crashed Tuesday near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border, but liquid found at the scene turned out to be coffee, not the samples themselves, state police said. Responders were initially concerned the samples may have spilled when...

In this image taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Tommy Gannon, Assistant Supervisor, Facilities, rings the opening bell at the NYSE, and recognizes the Sodexo food services staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in New York. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Global stock rally zooms into Day 2 on hopes for virus peak

Apr. 7, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are climbing on Wall Street Tuesday as markets around the world pile on even more gains following their huge rally a day earlier. The S&P 500 was up 2.5% in early afternoon trading, tacking onto its 7% surge Monday following encouraging signs that the coronavirus pandemic may be...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions in Washington, on Capitol Hill. Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday, April 5, 2020, to the ship's crew in Guam. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

More than 500 test positive for virus, shipyard worker dies

Apr. 7, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A civilian worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard died from complications associated with COVID-19, the Navy said. The employee, who died on Sunday, was assigned to Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement Activity at the shipyard in Kittery, the Navy said. "We...