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700 nurses at Joliet hospital go on strike over pay, safety

Jul. 4, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

JOLIET, ILL. (AP) — More than 700 nurses at Amita Health St. Joseph Medical Center Joliet went on strike Saturday morning after negotiations between the hospital and the nurses union failed to result in a contract. The strike comes after Amita Health, which has 19 hospitals in Illinois, issued a statement...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Feds stop sending nursing homes gowns described as useless

Jul. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The federal government is no longer sending nursing homes disposable isolation gowns described in New Hampshire as useless garbage bags and instead is providing a different style, according to a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The New Hampshire Health Care...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

Jul. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As coronovirus infections surge across Florida and hospital authorities nervously count their available intensive care beds, the state's most populous county is closing down again, imposing a curfew and closing beaches over the Fourth of July weekend to contain the spread. Miami-Dade County...

Use of ICU hospital beds for COVID-19 jumps in Minnesota

Jul. 3, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Minnesotans receiving intensive care for COVID-19 has jumped by nine, health officials reported Friday, marking the largest single-day increase in more than a month. The Star Tribune reported that the increase comes as government leaders across the country are taking steps...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Nursing home industry urging public to continue safety steps

Jul. 3, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Representatives of the nursing home and assisted living industry are urging residents “to do their part” and help keep the current spread of the coronavirus low in Connecticut as a way to prevent a resurgence in long-term care facilities. They credited social distancing, hand washing, the wearing of...

Nursing homes defend care, taking visitors again next week

Jul. 3, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents of Rhode Island's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be able to welcome their loved ones again starting next week under new rules released Friday by the state Department of Health. Guests will be allowed beginning Wednesday, provided the facilities adhere to...

FILE — In this May 8, 2020, file photo a man looks into a tent as a health worker in protective gear collects a sample for COVID-19 testing in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s reported coronavirus are surging. Its hospitals are now bracing for an onslaught of patients, setting up temporary wards and hoping advances in treatment will help the country’s health facilities from becoming overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

South Africa's hospitals bracing for surge of virus patients

Jul. 3, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The nurse started crying when describing her work at a Johannesburg hospital: The ward for coronavirus patients is full, so new arrivals are sent to the general ward, where they wait days for test results. Already 20 of her colleagues have tested positive. “A lot, a lot, a lot of...

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris ask citizens to continue wearing masks and use social distancing during a coronavirus update in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday June 29, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

'Dramatic upswing' in Alabama virus cases, hospitalizations

Jul. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Alabama hospitals climbed to more than 800 Thursday, the highest number since the pandemic began, as the number of reported infections continued to rise. Alabama on Thursday reported an additional 1,200 cases, making it the third consecutive day...

Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, talks to reporters after touring the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Civil rights organizations are pushing for changes at the hospital after numerous complaints from Black employees about harassment and discrimination. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

Jul. 2, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, made his comments after...