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Universities prepare to manage COVID-19 vaccination records

Jul. 26, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Colleges and universities in Maryland are adjusting computer software and hiring additional staff in an effort to manage vaccination records for COVID-19 ahead of the fall semester. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that administrators are devising...

Vacation town approves indoor mask mandate to stem spread

Jul. 26, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Provincetown officials have approved an indoor mask mandate in an effort to fight an outbreak of more than 500 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the vacation haven at the tip of Cape Cod. The town's Select Board and Board of Health...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jul. 26, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

Detroit News. July 24, 2021. Editorial: Banning lake access is a state overreach Michigan residents have spent much of the last 16 months under top-down, blanket orders meant to protect their safety through restrictions. Apparently, the Michigan...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

The (Lorain) Morning Journal. July 24, 2021. Editorial: Creative measures for vaccinations must continue Health officials, government and business leaders have been creative when trying to get people to take one of the three novel coronavirus...

VIRUS DIARY: A really, really, REALLY long Olympic journey

Jul. 26, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

SOMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) — My location was Haneda Airport in Tokyo. My destination was the Main Press Center for the Olympics — also in Tokyo. Turns out the quickest route was through Seattle. Let me explain. Among...

The Latest: Netherlands bans multi-day summer festivals

Jul. 26, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is ruling out multiple-day festivals this summer and tightening rules for people returning from vacations in hopes of preventing another spike in coronavirus infections. Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the new...

Personal watercraft accident kills Jacksonville hospital CEO

Jul. 26, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The 56-year-old CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, who was lauded for his efforts in response to COVID-19, died in an accident involving a personal watercraft vehicle, officials said. Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr. was ejected from a personal watercraft in...

South Africa's virus cases decline, liquor sales allowed

Jul. 26, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government has lifted a ban on liquor sales and relaxed other pandemic restrictions, reporting that a recent spike in coronavirus cases has passed its peak, the president said. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the...

Malaysian contract doctors walk out to seek fairer treatment

Jul. 26, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of contract doctors walked off their jobs in Malaysian government hospitals on Monday, demanding fairer treatment for more than 20,000 physicians who work without permanent positions and play a key role in the fight against the country's worsening...

Pandemic leaves Indians mired in massive medical debts

Jul. 26, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As coronavirus cases ravaged India this spring, Anil Sharma visited his 24-year-old son Saurav at a private hospital in northwest New Delhi every day for more than two months. In May, as India's new COVID-19 cases broke global records to reach 400,000 a day, Saurav was put...