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New Hampshire schools face virus-related loss of funds

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

School districts across New Hampshire are losing money because the state’s funding formula is based on metrics heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Sixteen mayors and school board leaders wrote to Gov. Chris Sununu and legislative leaders this week expressing their concerns. They explained that...

More than 12,300 new virus cases, 150 new deaths in Florida

Jan. 23, 2021 3:37 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported an additional 12,311 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, as well as more than 150 new deaths from the virus. As of Saturday, Florida has had more than 1.6 million virus cases and 25,561 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida had a...

Connecticut inmate is fifth to die this month of COVID-19

Jan. 23, 2021 3:28 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut inmate has become the fifth state prisoner this month to die of COVID-19 complications, according to the Department of Correction. The inmate, who was not identified because of medical privacy laws, died Friday afternoon at a hospital where he was transferred about...

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2021, file photo provided by the LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner shows National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner Office in Los Angeles in Los Angeles. More than 500 people are dying each day in California because of the coronavirus. The death toll has prompted state officials to send more refrigerated trailers to local governments to act as makeshift morgues. State officials said Friday they have helped distribute 98 refrigerated trailers to help county coroners store dead bodies. California reported 669 COVID-19 deaths, the second-highest daily death count, on Saturday, Jan. 16, and the nation's most populous county announced it had detected its first case of a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus. Public health authorities in Los Angeles County confirmed its first case of the variant of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom. It was iden

Rate of new virus infections falling, but deaths remain high

Jan. 23, 2021 3:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are dropping across California, but health officials warn those trends are tempered by very high death rates. The state reported 593 deaths on Saturday, a day after recording a one-day record of 764, according to the...

A health worker of Rocket Testing, conducts a test at the COVID-19 testing site at the Hawthorn Mall parking lot in Vernon Hills, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. A new drive-up rapid COVID-19 testing facility has opened in Vernon Hills. Rocket Testing, which currently has seven locations in the Chicago area. No appointment is necessary, and test can remain in the car while people wait, according to the Rocket Testing Facebook page. The test takes just minutes, and results are typically available in 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: Chicago opens restaurants, some bars with limits

Jan. 23, 2021 3:22 PM EST

CHICAGO — Restaurants and certain bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County have opened their doors to customers for the first time since late October after winning approval Saturday from Illinois health officials. With the city and county moving up to Tier I of the state’s coronavirus...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site in the William Reid Apartments Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

EXPLAINER: Supplies thin, but New York not out of vaccine

Jan. 23, 2021 3:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned this week that New York was about to “exhaust” its coronavirus vaccine supply, with only a few thousand doses left. But is it really running on empty? Not entirely. Here's how the math breaks down: The Democrat said Friday that after administering...

South Dakota reports 12 more COVID-19 deaths, 247 new cases

Jan. 23, 2021 3:10 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported 12 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,696 since the pandemic began. The state also reported 247 new cases on Saturday to bring the total number of cases to 106,963. More than 4,000 people are...

North Dakota repots 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 169 more cases

Jan. 23, 2021 3:00 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said an additional eight people have died from complications due to COVID-19, and 169 more people have been confirmed to have the virus in the state, according to data released Saturday. The new figures bring the state’s death toll to 1,411 and...

Kansas pharmacies gear up for expanded COVID-19 rollout

Jan. 23, 2021 2:53 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds, potentially thousands, of pharmacy workers could inject vaccines into the arms of Kansans in the coming months. New rules, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, now let an additional class of workers vaccinate more people faster. Pharmacists could already...

State sues Lakeville bar for operating without license

Jan. 23, 2021 2:52 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health has sued the owners of a bar in the southern Twin Cities metro area for operating as a food and beverage service without a license, the state said Saturday. The health department filed its lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville on Friday in Dakota...