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In this March 17, 2020, photo, Theresa Malijan, a registered nurse, has hand sanitizer applied on her hands after removing her gloves after she took a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. The Associated Press has found that the critical shortage of testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer can be tied to a sudden drop in imports of medical supplies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Relief package billions can't buy hospitals out of shortages

Mar. 29, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill won't fix the problem facing doctors and nurses: a critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks. The problem isn’t a lack of money, experts say. It’s that there’s not...

Arizona governor signs stripped-down $11.8 billion budget

Mar. 28, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a stripped-down emergency state budget Saturday that contains $50 million in spending to help tenants, homeowners and small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis. The $11.8 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 essentially contains no...

Ejaz Tarar stands next to his makeshift sign keeping customers six feet apart while cleaning the inside of the Food Mart in Newton County on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Newborn. The store laid down tape to mark six foot barriers for customers. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

As virus spreads, so does gloomy outlook for Georgia budget

Mar. 28, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Deaths and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia continued to increase Saturday, even as lawmakers tried to grapple with what the pandemic will mean for state finances. State House Speaker David Ralston and the top budget writers in the House and Senate said efforts to cut income...

Health care officials watch as a vehicle approaches a testing site at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Detroit. The city set up several stations at the fairgrounds to allow for drive up testing for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Deaths spike in Michigan; top doctor warns about Detroit

Mar. 27, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general said Friday that the situation in Detroit, a national “hot spot” for cases of the new coronavirus, will worsen next week — as Michigan reported the highest daily spikes yet: 801 new cases statewide and 32 additional deaths. THE LATEST...

A woman wearing a surgical mask and gloves during the coronavirus outbreak walks past a mural in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Visitors told to quarantine; health commish tests positive

Mar. 27, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. The Republican governor said travelers coming into Massachusetts through the state’s airports...

California restaurants say 30% to close without state aid

Mar. 27, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As many as 30,000 California restaurants could close permanently because of coronavirus restrictions that have shuttered dining rooms and led to widespread layoffs, the industry warned Friday, while urging the state to delay tax payments and planned minimum-wage increases to help the...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital personnel work at a drive-thru virus testing facility In Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Tests are by appointment only. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas coronavirus death toll rises to 4, with 202 cases

Mar. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four of the state's deaths occurred in the Kansas City area,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. Cuomo, a Democrat, ripped the GOP-led Senate's version of the coronavirus package as

Coronavirus deals one-two financial punch to state budgets

Mar. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services. States ranging from tiny...

Governor vetoes petrochemical plant tax break bill

Mar. 27, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday followed through on his threat to veto a bill to provide potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks for petrochemical plants that use natural gas extracted in the state. In his veto message, Wolf said he could support awarding an incentive like...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kentucky Senate Majority floor Leader Damon Thayer, addresses the members of the Senate during the opening session of the Kentucky State Legislature in Frankfort, Ky. Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers worked on a coronavirus-relief measure Thursday, March 26, 2020 to help cushion workers and employers from economic damage caused by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)

Kentucky lawmakers pass coronavirus-relief measure

Mar. 26, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reconvening after a weeklong break, Kentucky lawmakers passed a measure Thursday offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The relief bill comes amid a dramatically shrinking economy as businesses statewide close or scale back...