Latest Pandemics News

Latest: Alaska seeing one of sharpest COVID-19 surges in US

Sep. 16, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country. Dr. Joe McLaughlin added that it’s not clear when the situation might stabilize. He says a lot will depend on vaccination rates...

UN rule may be hurdle for Brazil vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro

Sep. 16, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader, Abdulla Shahid, announced Wednesday...

Mississippi now has country's highest rate for COVID deaths

Sep. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has surpassed New Jersey as the state with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., with roughly 1 of every 320 Mississippians having succumbed to the coronavirus. The state's top health official said Thursday that the numbers...

Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Sep. 16, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S....

Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year — especially in those who already...

Pandemic tie to vision issues seen in Chinese kids' study

Sep. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Research suggests vision problems increased among Chinese schoolchildren during pandemic restrictions and online learning, and eye specialists think the same may have happened in U.S. kids. A report published Thursday in JAMA Ophthalmology is the latest to show the...

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Sep. 16, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before,...

COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening — at dangerous level

Sep. 15, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The record levels of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in Washington state that started in early to mid-July appears to be flattening — but at a dangerous level. The state is still seeing its highest rates yet of COVID-19 cases and...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

New Mexico extends masking order as new cases trend downward

Sep. 15, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is on the downslope of the pandemic as the number of new infections has started to decline, state health officials said Wednesday during a virtual briefing. Still, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase said that...