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More than 900 workers needed for Wisconsin polls

Aug. 4, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election clerks need more than 900 additional workers for the Aug. 11 statewide primary, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said Tuesday. The commission put out a call for more volunteers to step forward to work the polls in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

This Monday, July 26, 2020, photo shows Salvador

100-year-old man raring to get back to his volunteer job

Aug. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Salvador “Sal” Perce is something of a marvel. He turned 100 on Monday, July 27, but most people who see him think he is in his 70s. He still drives the 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass that he bought new. It has 70,000 miles on it. His body has traveled a lot farther than...

This July 22, 2020 photo shows Eni Owoeye, 20, in Baltimore.  Owoeye, volunteers through Maryland Covidsitters to babysit two girls whose parents are both healthcare workers.  Maryland Covidsitters is a non-profit that provides overworked healthcare workers with babysitting and tutoring helps. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Maryland students sit health workers' kids during pandemic

Aug. 1, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three times a week, Eni Owoeye leaves her West Baltimore home at 7 a.m. and drives to Locust Point for a babysitting job. Her compensation for the eight-hour stretch? The gratitude of the parents — both health care providers whose lives are stretched thin by the pandemic....

Worker helping clear debris from Omaha road hit, killed

Jul. 31, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A roadside volunteer who was helping clear debris from a south Omaha road following a crash was fatally hit by a car, police said. The crash happened Thursday on the John F. Kennedy Freeway, police said, killing John Holcomb, 70, of Omaha. Investigators said Holcomb had been clearing...

A volunteer in a protective suit and gloves sets an oxygen concentrator to help a suspected coronavirus patient breathe at her apartment in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, July 24, 2020. Volunteers have played a big role in dealing with a wave of coronavirus cases in Kyrgyzstan. Many started doing house calls to patients who couldn't get into a hospital, bringing oxygen concentrators with them. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Volunteers came to the rescue as virus raged in Kyrgyzstan

Jul. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When his mother began deteriorating from the coronavirus two weeks ago, Bektour Iskender knew that hospitals in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, were full. So he turned to Twitter for advice. He was directed to a volunteer group that made house calls with oxygen concentrators for patients with...

Michigan residents can participate in COVID-19 vaccine study

Jul. 28, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A hospital system in southeastern Michigan is looking for up to 5,000 volunteers for a COVID-19 vaccine study. Henry Ford Health System is working with the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., which want 30,000 people in the U.S., with assistance from health care providers. ...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait to cross an intersection in Beijing, Saturday, July 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported several dozen new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a few who caught the virus abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

Jul. 27, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. The capital Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks, while the northeastern province of Liaoning added another six cases in its local...

Nurse Carolyn Grausgruber gives volunteer Ithaca firefighter Wade Bardo, of Erin, N.Y., an injection as the world's biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test

Jul. 27, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

The biggest test yet of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine got underway Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the U.S. government as part of the all-out global race to stop the pandemic. The glimmer of hope came even as Google, in one of the gloomiest...

Volunteers Bryant Rodriguez and his daughter Vanessa Rodriguez stock a refrigerator with free food for people in need in Los Angeles on July 20, 2020. A network called, LA Community Fridge, has placed a number of them across the Los Angeles area, from the Highland Park neighborhood north of downtown to Exposition Park near the University of Southern California to the seaside city of Long Beach, with plans to install more. (AP Photo/Aron Ranen)

LA volunteers place free-food fridges around town for needy

Jul. 27, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Money has been tight for Susana Martinez since the coronavirus pandemic hit and her employer slashed her hours. When the Los Angeles woman heard there was an unlocked refrigerator stocked with food outside a South Los Angeles grocery store, she rushed to have a look. “I was...

Nurse Kath Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection as the world's biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc.,  gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

Jul. 27, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There’s still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine,...