Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Pfizer signs are seen out front of the Pfizer Research & Development Laboratories Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Groton, Conn.  Pfizer on Tuesday, July 28,  reported a 32% plunge in second-quarter profit, as the global coronavirus pandemic limited marketing of and new prescriptions for its medicines. Still, the biggest U.S. drugmaker posted a solid profit and nudged up parts of its 2020 financial forecast. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Pfizer tops 3Q earnings views, makes progress on COVID shot

Oct. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

Drugmaker Pfizer, one of the leaders in the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, is tweaking its timeline for when it will know if its experimental two-dose vaccine works. Pfizer executives had expected data from their 44,000-person international study would show by Oct. 31 how well it prevents coronavirus...

FILE - Jefferson Mays arrives at the

A one-man 'A Christmas Carol' fills theater need in pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What does the theater community desperately need during a time of social distancing? An actor who can play multiple characters onstage every night. Enter Jefferson Mays. Mays, who won a Tony Award for playing 40 characters in “I Am My Own Wife” and was Tony-nominated for...

North Dakota tops 200 coronavirus deaths in October

Oct. 27, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has topped more than 200 deaths in October from COVID-19, with health officials reporting an additional 15 deaths on Tuesday. The deaths bring the overall statewide death toll from the virus to 476. The sum includes 205 deaths that have occurred so far in October,...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden greets Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, as he arrives with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, center, and sister Valerie Biden, right, at Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ga., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, to travel to Warm Springs, Ga. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden goes on offense in Georgia while Trump targets Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

WARM SPRINGS, Ga (AP) — One week until Election Day, Joe Biden went on offense Tuesday, heading to Georgia, which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992 and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago. The...

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations begin creeping back up

Oct. 27, 2020 1:47 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...

Arizona reports 1,157 additional virus cases, 16 more deaths

Oct. 27, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Tuesday reported 1,157 additional known coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths amid a continuing rise in cases. With the additional cases and deaths reported by the Department of Health Services, the state's totals rose to 240,122 cases and 5,891 deaths. As...

Virginia Democrats sue for list of voters with ballot errors

Oct. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats are suing Richmond's top elections official to get a list of absentee voters whose ballots contain errors that need to be corrected in order for them to be counted in the Nov. 3 election. In a lawsuit filed late Monday in Richmond City Circuit Court, the Democratic...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Push is on in Wisconsin to return 320K outstanding ballots

Oct. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had...

Hallways are empty at Clarke Central High School that would normally be packed with students heading to class in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Athens-Clarke County Schools are doing distance learning this fall. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Quarantines vex some Georgia schools as infections spread

Oct. 27, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A northwest Georgia school system is sending all its students home to take classes virtually for 10 days because of coronavirus infections and quarantines. The Rome school system said Tuesday that with more than 600 students, faculty and staff members isolated with infections or...

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: Gators have 6 new positives in football program

Oct. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Florida's football program is reporting six new positive tests for the coronavirus in the past week, bringing the team’s total for the month to 37. The 10th-ranked Gators returned to practice and meetings starting Monday...