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Illinois reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

Oct. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois reported more than 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 24 deaths, health officials said Sunday. The state’s Department of Public Health reported a 6.1% positive test rate over the past seven days. Labs reported 72,097 tests over 24 hours with 4,062 positive cases. ...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. About half of U.S. states have seen their highest daily infection numbers so far at some point in October, and the country came very close to back-to-back record daily infection rates last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fear and anxiety spike in virus hot spots across US

Oct. 25, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. The South Salt Lake City, Utah, woman can’t work at her special education job due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not...

Indiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations highest since April

Oct. 25, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s hospitals entered the weekend with their most COVID-19 patients since the first weeks after the coronavirus outbreak reached the state seven months ago, according to state health officials. The state health department has also added 38 more coronavirus-related deaths to...

NH warns of possible virus exposure at 3 establishments

Oct. 25, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are advising people who went to several establishments across the state to get tested for the coronavirus due to possible exposure. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the...

FILE - Vice President Mike Pence listens during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Health policy specialists are questioning Pence’s claim that federal rules on essential workers allow him to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after exposure to multiple close staffers with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work

Oct. 25, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

Health policy specialists questioned White House officials' claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after being exposed to the coronavirus. Campaigning is not an official duty that might fall under the guidelines meant to...

People eat in a restaurant in central Rome, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. For at least the next month, people outdoors except for small children must now wear masks in all of Italy, gyms, cinemas and movie theaters will be closed, ski slopes are off-limits to all but competitive skiers and cafes and restaurants must shut down in early evenings, under a decree signed on Sunday by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who ruled against another severe lockdown despite a current surge in COVID-19 infections. (Cecilia FabianoLaPresse via AP)

Italy sees more than 20,000 new virus cases, many in north

Oct. 25, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ROME — Italy’s one-day caseload of confirmed coronavirus infections jumped past 20,000 on Sunday, with more than a quarter of the new cases registered in Lombardy, the northern region which bore the brunt of the pandemic in the country earlier this year. According to Health Ministry figures, there...

Shasta County returns to less restrictive virus tier

Oct. 25, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California county has been moved back to a less restrictive tier for coronavirus infections after pleading with state officials to avoid closing down businesses. Shasta County will return to the red tier for substantial virus transmission, the Redding Record Searchlight...

North Dakota confirms 851 new virus cases, lowest in 4 days

Oct. 25, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 851 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest total since the state set a daily record with 1,038 positive tests on Thursday. The update showed eight new deaths, including three people in their 60s, three in their 80s and two in their...

A waiter stands outside a cafe in downtown Rome, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. For at least the next month, people outdoors except for small children must now wear masks in all of Italy, gyms, cinemas and movie theaters will be closed, ski slopes are off-limits to all but competitive skiers and cafes and restaurants must shut down in early evenings, under a decree signed on Sunday by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who ruled against another severe lockdown despite a current surge in COVID-19 infections. (Cecilia FabianoLaPresse via AP)

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

Oct. 25, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors. Worried about...

Arizona reports 1,392 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Oct. 25, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 1,392 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. It’s the highest reported single-day case total in the state since Sept. 17. Arizona continues to see a slow yet steady increase in the average number of coronavirus cases...