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Municipal mask mandates remain in place across New Hampshire

Apr. 16, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's statewide mask mandate has been lifted, but local ordinances requiring the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus remain in place in several communities. Nashua was the first city to enact an ordinance...

Iowa identifies Brazil coronavirus variant case

Apr. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least two coronavirus variants are present in Iowa with one first identified in Europe now believed to be the most prevalent strain in the state, and public officials say they have confirmed a case of the more recent Brazil strain in eastern Iowa. ...

Florida education chief: Masks should be voluntary next year

Apr. 15, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's education commissioner has asked superintendents across the state to update their policies to make facial coverings voluntary rather than mandatory for students, teachers and staff in upcoming school year. In a memo sent Wednesday,...

The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 05, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The governor’s office released a statement Monday evening saying that after experiencing mild symptoms a day earlier,...

The Latest: FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

Apr. 01, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial. The agency said late Thursday it approved new vials from Moderna that can contain up to 15 doses each, compared with...

Arkansas lawmakers vote to prevent mask mandate's return

Mar. 31, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday voted to prohibit the state from reimposing a mask mandate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a day after Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the requirement. The Senate voted 20-9 in favor of the measure...

Detroit gatherings under Open Meetings Act to go virtual

Mar. 30, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Local governmental gatherings in Detroit that fall under the Open Meetings Act must be held virtually under a public health order aimed at preventing the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order was issued Tuesday by Detroit Chief Health Officer...

Florida could shield universities from COVID-19 lawsuits

Mar. 30, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida schools and universities that took precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 would be protected from pandemic-related lawsuits, including parents and students who sue seeking a refund of tuition, under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday. ...

Florida's DeSantis signs COVID-19 lawsuit protection bill

Mar. 29, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida businesses, governments and healthcare providers will be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they made a good effort to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. ...

GOP lawmakers push to keep COVID contact-tracing rules

Mar. 27, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators are pushing to keep in place specific rules for tracing the close contacts of people exposed to COVID-19 despite public health groups' opposition. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill making limits on COVID-19...