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South Carolina giving up on some contact tracing efforts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:44 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's health department says it is giving up on trying to contact trace each individual coronavirus case in the state. The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday that it was switching from a “containment” to a “mitigation”...

Jailhouse nurses suspended following inmate's death

Jan. 12, 2021 4:12 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two nurses have been suspended for failing to properly care for an inmate who died after being found unresponsive in his cell, a sheriff's office in Ohio said. An internal affairs report released Tuesday by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office upheld internal charges of...

Nurses at Hawaii medical center vote to strike over safety

Jan. 11, 2021 9:57 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital. Many of the nurses said the hospital’s protocols put staff and patients at unnecessary risk for exposure to COVID-19. The Hawaii Nurses'...

FILE — In this April 18, 2020 file photo partitions are installed between beds as work is performed to turn Sleep Train Arena into a 400-bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus, in Sacramento, Calif. The state has reopened the arena and other facilities to help handle a new surge of coronavirus patients, but is using little more than a handful of volunteers from Gov. Gavin Newsom's California Health Corps who originally helped staff the facility. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California is desperate, but volunteer health corps dwindles

Jan. 9, 2021 12:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California desperately needs more medical workers at facilities swamped by coronavirus patients, but almost no help is coming from a volunteer program that Gov. Gavin Newsom created at the start of the pandemic. An army of 95,000 initially raised their hands, and just 14 are now...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

A person wears a mask as he checks his mobile phone outside the temporary closed

For nurses, California's virus outbreak has a personal toll

Jan. 8, 2021 4:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For Caroline Brandenburger, the coronavirus outbreak that has overwhelmed California hospitals comes with a very personal toll. “Just today we had two deaths on this unit. And that’s pretty much the norm,” said Brandenburger, who works on the COVID-19 unit at...

A doctor prepares to administer a vaccine injection to Claudia Scott-Mighty, a patient care director at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Bronxville, N.Y. The second round of the vaccine increases its efficacy to 95%, according to Pfizer. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

VIRUS TODAY: Pfizer says vaccine can work against variants

Jan. 8, 2021 2:43 PM EST

Here’s what’s happening Friday with the pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — New research suggests the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech can still work against a mutated coronavirus. Two easier-to-spread new variants of the virus have the world on edge. One was...

Nurse Nerissa Black takes a selfie wearing protective gear at work on Dec. 13, 2020 at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, Calif. Black was already having a hard time tending to four COVID-19 patients who need constant heart monitoring. But because of staffing shortages affecting hospitals throughout California, her workload recently increased to six people infected with the coronavirus. Overwhelmed California nurses are now caring for more COVID-19 patients after the state began issuing waivers that allow hospitals to temporarily bypass strict nurse-to-patient ratios. Nurses say the new workload is pushing them to the brink of burnout and affecting patient care. (Nerissa Black via AP)

California bypasses tough nurse care rules amid virus surge

Jan. 8, 2021 9:19 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nerissa Black was already having a hard time tending to four COVID-19 patients who need constant heart monitoring. But because of staffing shortages affecting hospitals throughout California, her workload recently increased to six people infected with the coronavirus. Black, a...

Registered nurse Kyanna Barboza adjusts the ventilator on her COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. California health authorities reported Thursday a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California virus deaths rocket higher as ICU space tightens

Jan. 7, 2021 9:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and the state’s hospital association are at odds over how best to create space for critically ill coronavirus patients at already strained medical facilities that soon could be overwhelmed by the expected surge of new...

Emergency medical technicians sanitize an ambulance strecher after transporting a patient at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Los Angeles continues to see hospitalizations rise day after day, setting a new record Tuesday with almost 8,000 hospitalized and more than a fifth of those in intensive care units. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Hospitals say California officials too slow in virus crisis

Jan. 6, 2021 10:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California reported its second-highest number of daily coronavirus deaths Wednesday with 459 lives lost, bringing the death toll to 2,504 in the last week as more than a quarter-million new weekly cases portended a continued overwhelming crush on hospitals and intensive care units...