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Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020, photo, Gov. Ralph Northam and Tori Bloxom, of Onancock, Va., take a selfie as the governor visits the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Va., to see for himself how crowded the beach was. Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during the weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said on Sunday that Northam should have brought a face mask with him during his visit on Saturday to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Critics chide Virginia governor for mask-less beach visit

May. 24, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the...

Beach Ambassador Kyla Miller, left, stands ready to help visitors to the oceanfront Friday, May 22, 2020, in Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam lifted restrictions and opened the beachfront beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia unemployment rate in double digits due to pandemic

May. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's unemployment rate shot up into the double digits in April due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain it, the Virginia Employment Commission said Friday. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.6% in April from 3.3% the month...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo, a sign is posted on the front door of the closed Tarrant's Café restaurant in Richmond, Va. More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Virginia businesses to slash their workforces, the state's unemployment system still can't keep up with the unprecedented deluge of calls and emails from laid-off workers who need help. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Issues persist with antiquated Virginia unemployment system

May. 21, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Virginia businesses to slash their workforces, the state's unemployment system still can't keep up with the unprecedented deluge of calls and emails from laid-off workers needing help. Virginians across the state...

Northam says 30,000 enrolled in Medicaid during pandemic

May. 20, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says almost 30,000 adults have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program since he declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Northam said Wednesday that more than 420,000 Virginians have enrolled in Medicaid since the...

A healthcare worker walks past people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals has dropped by more than half since the peak of 471 reported on April 7. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

May. 19, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk is that politicians, business owners and ordinary Americans who are making...

Virginia supreme court rejects gym owner's request to open

May. 19, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an injunction request from a gym owner who is challenging the executive order that has closed his business. Merrill Hall, who owns a chain of Gold’s Gym franchises and other gyms, sued the governor in Culpeper County Circuit Court. His...

Hilda Trejo, left, and Sara Vargas Lopez wear face masks as they sell tlacoyos and sopes in a partially-open public market in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City, Friday, May 15, 2020. As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Probe suggests more virus deaths in Mexico City

May. 19, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Probe suggests many more virus-related deaths in Mexico...

Warm weather draws crowds to the oceanfront, Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Kaitlin McKeown/The Daily Press via AP)

Northam to open up beaches at Virginia Beach by Memorial Day

May. 18, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is relaxing restrictions on beach goers in Virginia Beach ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Northam said Monday that he is allowing the beaches to open under modified conditions that will allow sunbathing and surfing starting Friday. Northam said there will...

Tina Nguyen, a nurse at at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle's International District, examines a nose swab while conducting walk- and drive-up testing for COVID-19, Friday, May 15, 2020. As testing supplies for coronavirus have become more abundant, the clinic has been able to offer testing to anyone in the community by appointment if they are experiencing symptoms. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

May. 15, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the COVID-19 testing levels that public health experts say are necessary to safely ease lockdowns and avoid another deadly wave of outbreaks, according to an Associated Press...