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Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials plan to visit every nursing home to check on the number of employees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes as federal data show at least 16 facilities in the state have staff vaccination rates below 50%. ...

Australia to spend $813M to address Indigenous disadvantage

Aug. 05, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government on Thursday pledged 1.1 billion Australian dollars ($813 million) to address Indigenous disadvantage, including compensation to thousands of mixed-race children who were taken from their families over decades. The...

Wyoming health officer urges masks indoors for most of state

Aug. 04, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike should resume wearing masks indoors in most of Wyoming amid a rise in infections of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, the state health officer said Wednesday. Fifteen of Wyoming's 23...

CVS Health tops 2Q forecasts; grows cautious about next year

Aug. 04, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

Vaccines and a return to normal care levels helped push CVS Health past Wall Street’s second-quarter expectations, but the resurging COVID-19 pandemic is clouding the health care giant’s 2022 expectations. Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin told analysts on...

WVU aims to reach 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate by Sept. 1

Aug. 04, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is asking its students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated for the coronavirus as it tries to keep pace with the rest of the state. The university will develop additional enforcement and safety protocols for...

As COVID-19 surges in Tunisia, oxygen is in short supply

Aug. 04, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

KAIROUAN, Tunisia (AP) — As Tunisia faces a surge of COVID-19 cases, demand for life-saving oxygen has grown higher than the supply, leaving patients desperate and family members angry at the government as they say they are forced to find oxygen on their own. As the...

Vikings owner on league-low vax rate: 'We're very concerned'

Aug. 03, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The absence of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins from practice this week due to COVID-19 protocols and coach Mike Zimmer's deep frustration with his unvaccinated players has created unexpected tension early in training camp. The Vikings have...

Tennessee won't incentivize COVID shots but pays to vax cows

Aug. 03, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years. But Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who grew up on his family's ranch and refers to...

US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge

Aug. 02, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the...

Required state employee masking, vaccinations in discussion

Aug. 02, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that his administration is discussing with state employee union leaders the possibility of required mask wearing, COVID-19 vaccinations or testing requirements for certain workers, calling the talks “very positive” so far. ...