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Iowa City quarantines students, staff amid variant concerns

Apr. 07, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City school district said Wednesday that 127 students and five staff members tested positive for the coronavirus or are presumed positive, prompting the district to close 11 classrooms and quarantine more than 660 students and 16 staff members due to exposure....

State to get $14.6 million for COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Apr. 07, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will receive more than $14.6 million in federal aid to expand access to coronavirus vaccine, particularly among minorities. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of $3 billion being distributed...

South Carolina gets $47M to amp up minority vaccine efforts

Apr. 07, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is getting a $47 million federal boost to its COVID-19 vaccination programs, particularly in minority communities. The award announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is intended to shore up local efforts to...

Indiana gets $61M to boost COVID-19 vaccine among minorities

Apr. 07, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is getting $60.8 million in federal funding to support efforts to get minority populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic vaccinated against COVID-19. The funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help...

Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Apr. 07, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

Norwegian Cruise Line is putting three of its ships back in the water after a one-year pandemic hiatus, with plans to resume sailings in the Greek islands and the Caribbean in late July and August. The cruise line expects that the limited re-openings announced Tuesday...

The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 05, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The governor’s office released a statement Monday evening saying that after experiencing mild symptoms a day earlier,...

CDC inquiry sought on HIV outbreak in WVa's largest county

Apr. 05, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday submitted a congressional inquiry with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding an HIV outbreak in West Virginia's largest county. The West Virginia Democrat asked for the inquiry on behalf of the...

Norwegian Cruises asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

Apr. 05, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip. The Miami company said its precautions go well beyond steps taken by...

European countries scramble to tamp down latest virus surge

Apr. 05, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

BOCHNIA, Poland (AP) — European countries scrambled Monday to tamp down a surge in COVID-19 cases and ramp up vaccinations, hoping to spare hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by the pandemic's latest deadly wave of infections. The crush of coronavirus patients has been...

Iowa opens vaccinations to all adults as virus spreads

Apr. 05, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa opened coronavirus vaccination to everyone age 16 and older on Monday, as the state dealt with increasing spread of the virus and a seven-day death rate that was among the highest in the nation. State public health officials reported 68 more...