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Runners wear masks out of concern for the coronavirus while jogging along a sidewalk, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Baker: Surge in new virus cases driven by people under 30

Oct. 27, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is being driven in large part by an increase among younger people, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Whereas 15% of new cases in April were among people under age 30, now 37% of the new confirmed cases are people in that age...

Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the closely knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the...

Dr. Benjamin Aaker, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, announces a campaign to promote voluntary mask-wearing launched in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The campaign's promotion of public mask wearing counters Gov. Kristi Noem's promotion of doctors who doubt the efficacy of masks in preventing coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

South Dakota medical groups promote masks, countering Noem

Oct. 27, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation's worst outbreaks, a move that countered Gov. Kristi Noem's position of casting doubt on...

Bus Operator, Cathy Davis-Baker, gets a Covid test as part of an initiative by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to test its workers Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at the Grand Avenue Bus Depot in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York to increase testing of public transit workers

Oct. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday it is embarking on a first-in-the-nation testing program to test thousands of workers weekly to guard against a second wave of the coronavirus. MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said the goal will be to test 15% of frontline workers...

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama highest since August

Oct. 27, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More people are hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 in Alabama than any time since August as the coronavirus pandemic worsens across the state, health officials reported Tuesday. Statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health showed that 1,001 people were hospitalized...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, transportation Security Administration personnel and travelers observe COVID-19 transmission prevention protocols at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens borough of New York. The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NY discourages travel to Massachusetts, adds CA to advisory

Oct. 27, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor on Tuesday urged residents to avoid nonessential travel to neighboring Massachusetts, and added California to the state's COVID-19 advisory list. Residents from states on New York’s list must self-quarantine for 14 days. Only seven states, including New...

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations begin creeping back up

Oct. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma began creeping back up on Tuesday, although not to the record levels reached last week. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 907 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the...

A member of the Kansas State marching band plays the trombone while wearing a face mask during the second half of an NCAA football game against Kansas Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Manhattan, Kan.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Latest: Positive test halts Cal basketball workouts

Oct. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ California’s men’s basketball team is pausing workouts after an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The school says he is not showing symptoms and the team is following all contact tracing, quarantine...

Evers calls for self-imposed lockdown as cases hit record

Oct. 27, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers called Tuesday for Wisconsin residents to voluntarily shelter in place as the number of coronavirus infections in the state and related deaths hit new daily records. The virus has been running rampant in Wisconsin since September. The state was fourth in the country in...

Union urges Fairfax teachers to take 'mental health day'

Oct. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A teachers' union in Virginia's largest school district is urging members to call in sick Wednesday for a “mental health day” as they ponder how they will respond to a gradual return to in-person learning. Fairfax Education Association President Kimberly Adams said...