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Medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hospitals in the city's public NYC Health and Hospitals' system have been upgrading their equipment, bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

State leaders facing 2nd wave resist steps to curb virus

Oct. 30, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a new surge of coronavirus infections sweeps the U.S., officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election...

Coronavirus surge is filling North Dakota's hospitals

Oct. 30, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The rampant spread of the coronavirus in North Dakota is putting its hospitals to the test, as the steady influx of people requiring in-patient stays has left only about 200 regular beds and 20 in intensive care units vacant, health officials indicated Friday. After escaping the surge...

2 Lanai residents flown to hospitals as virus cases increase

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two residents of the Hawaiian island of Lanai infected with the coronavirus have been flown to hospitals as the number of cases on the island increased, health officials said. A COVID-19 cluster on the island increased to 97 reported cases by early Wednesday afternoon, the Hawaii...

'Very confident': NYC hospitals prepare for virus resurgence

Oct. 30, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like battle-hardened veterans, New York City hospitals and nursing homes are bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees. The new playbook derives from the apocalyptic...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus shop at a market ahead of Hindu festivals in  Jammu, India, Thursday, Oct.29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues

Oct. 30, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The Health Ministry also reported 563 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 121,090...

Cyberattack hits Vermont network, including 6 hospitals

Oct. 29, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

A cyberattack has caused significant, ongoing computer network problems for the University of Vermont Health Network, affecting its six hospitals in Vermont and New York, officials said Thursday. The network is working with the FBI and the Vermont Department of Public Safety on the investigation, said spokesman...

Hospital officer: New Mexico at pivotal point with virus

Oct. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The chief medical officer for the largest hospital system in New Mexico said Thursday that the state is at a pivotal point with the coronavirus as a new high was set for the daily case count and hospitalizations hit record levels. Dr. Jason Mitchell with Presbyterian Healthcare...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials issued repeated pleas for social distancing and mask usage on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, as hospitals grow closer to implementing crisis care protocols amid a record-breaking coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah hospitals 'can't keep up' amid record-breaking surge

Oct. 29, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and health officials said Thursday the state may soon need to implement crisis care protocols as hospitals reach a breaking point amid a record coronavirus surge. Understaffing and a shortage of ICU beds could soon force Utah hospitals to shift to the protocols...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2020, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Trying to pull back the veil on health costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Oct. 29, will finalize requirements for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump rule says health plans must disclose costs up front

Oct. 29, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. A major health insurance industry group said the regulation...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The coronavirus is getting worse in states that President Donald Trump needs the most. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa doctors say virus spread risks overwhelming hospitals

Oct. 29, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's number of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations continued to surge higher Wednesday as medical professionals have begun to express concern that hospitals could be overwhelmed with patients if no action is taken to slow the virus spread. Iowa hospitals had 596...