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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

Sep. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes...

New York City to conduct weekly COVID-19 tests in schools

Sep. 20, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement...

Arizona reports, 2,020 new COVID-19 cases but no new deaths

Sep. 20, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

Arizona health officials are reporting 2,020 new confirmed COVID-19 cases but no new deaths. The state Department of Health Services released its latest dashboard data Monday. It brings Arizona's totals since the pandemic began to 1,068,823 cases and 19,513 deaths. ...

US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

Sep. 20, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the U.S. beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday. The new rules will replace a...

Registry of Motor Vehicles resumes some service options

Sep. 20, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday resumed offering some services that had been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one locations statewide will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in...

More than half of Maine's youngest eligible fully vaccinated

Sep. 20, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than half of Maine's youngest residents who qualify to get the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated. About 53% of people age 12 to 15 in the state have had their final dose of vaccine, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills reported...

The Latest: Biden to ease foreign travel restrictions

Sep. 20, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions into the U.S. beginning in November, when his administration will require all foreign nationals flying into the country to be fully vaccinated. All foreign travelers flying to the U.S. will need to...

Vermont asked to extend emergency hotel housing for homeless

Sep. 20, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Community providers are asking Vermont to extend emergency housing in hotels for some of the homeless population, including people with health issues, domestic violence survivors and pregnant women, as they say about 600 households are likely to lose the benefit this week. ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Sep. 20, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is...

Vaccination rates vary widely on UW-System campuses

Sep. 20, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin officials say student vaccination rates for COVID-19 vary widely among the system's campuses. At the Madison campus, 91% of students are fully vaccinated, the highest number among the system's universities. The lowest number...