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Health worker Vanda Ortega, from the Witoto Indigenous group and dressed in traditional clothing, is the first woman to receive the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, during the start of the vaccination program in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Oxygen-starved city in Brazil’s Amazon starts immunization

Jan. 19, 2021 10:22 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Amazonian city of Manaus in Brazil began administering vaccines against the coronavirus, providing a ray of hope for the rainforest’s biggest city whose health system is collapsing amid an increase in infections and dwindling oxygen supplies. Amazonas state Gov. Wilson Lima...

State lawmaker says he's tested positive for the coronavirus

Jan. 19, 2021 10:20 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker in North Carolina has announced that he's tested positive for the coronavirus. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that state Rep. Brian Turner made the announcement on Monday. Turner is a Democrat who represents House District 116 in Buncombe County. He posted on...

Vermont hospital planning to help COVID-19 patients at home

Jan. 19, 2021 10:17 AM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont hospital is developing a plan that would allow COVID-19 patients to recover at homes, rather than in the hospital. Kathleen Boyd of the Rutland Regional Medical Center is working with other providers to develop the system as part of discharge planning for patients who are...

Trident Seafoods reports 4 COVID-19 cases at plant in Alaska

Jan. 19, 2021 10:14 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-based seafood company has reported that four workers at its Alaska seafood plant tested positive for COVID-19, including one who was taken to a hospital. Trident Seafoods reported that the four employees were all roommates and have returned to work after undergoing a 14-day...

Mainers 70 and older begin signing up for COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021 10:13 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s health care providers have started scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for those 70 and older, despite a short supply of doses. Gov. Janet Mills’ office has published a list online showing where people in that category can schedule an appointment. MaineHealth was...

In this Dec. 20, 2020, still image taken from video, Wesley Morgan, a 32-year-old in Denver, shows a letter from one of his “Peanuts” pen pals. After being furloughed from his job at the Denver International Airport, Morgan began writing to over 500 older adults living in isolation due to the pandemic. He says 142 responded, and many have become consistent correspondents. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

'Peanuts' pen pals find comfort in correspondence

Jan. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Even before she sees the name on the return address, Nancy Sloane knows who sent the letter — the Snoopy sticker that seals the envelope is a dead giveaway. It’s from Wesley Morgan, a 32-year-old fan of the comic strip “Peanuts” who’s been sending Snoopy-themed cards and letters...

American Samoa residents stranded by virus to stop in Hawaii

Jan. 19, 2021 9:58 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is assisting about 800 residents of American Samoa traveling through Oahu to their island home, which was cut off by the coronavirus. The U.S. territory in the Pacific, located 2,200 miles (3,541 kilometers) south of Hawaii, closed its borders March 13 to protect the islands from...

The capital's popular Nine Streets shopping area is near-deserted during lockdown in Amsterdam, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Dutch government this week extended by three weeks the tough lockdown in force since mid-December amid fears that coronavirus infection rates are not declining quickly enough and fears about a new more transmissible variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch govt to beef up lockdown amid fears about new variants

Jan. 19, 2021 9:55 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it needs to beef up lockdown measures “as soon as possible” to rein in the spread of the coronavirus amid fears about more transmissible variants. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said in a letter to parliament that the government...

Virus prompts subsistence, recreational Hawaii fishing boom

Jan. 19, 2021 9:52 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An increase in the number of anglers plying Hawaii's shores has provided much needed food and recreation while helping keep supply shops afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Fishing supply store personnel said noncommercial fishing in Hawaii has boomed since the outbreak of COVID-19,...

Alaska restaurant program helps businesses and community

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A grant program established to help restaurants struggling under the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is reaping rewards for the businesses and those consuming their goods. The Restaurant Rescue program aims to keep restaurants busy while feeding residents in need,...