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Pennsylvania's new coronavirus exposure-notification app is shown available in an App Store for download on a mobile phone screen, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. The release of the app Tuesday is part of Pennsylvania's effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the new technology to notify people who may have been exposed. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app

Sep. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new coronavirus exposure notification app became available in app stores Tuesday could soon be compatible with those of three neighboring states, including New York. The release is part of Pennsylvania's effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Sep. 22, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. “It is completely unfathomable that...

Vermont schools take next step; fall sports start Saturday

Sep. 22, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont schools are poised to move to the next stage of reopening, including allowing greater use of facilities, more mixing of students and the start of interscholastic sports, the state's top education official said Tuesday. The Agency of Education chose Saturday, Sept. 26, as the...

As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, center, speaks to House members during the session Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Evette's first public appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

South Carolina lieutenant governor returns after COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette has returned to public life after being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. Evette came to the South Carolina House chambers on Tuesday, meeting with members, giving hugs telling the story of how she recovered from the virus over and over...

FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, men in face masks walk past a hair product billboard on the street in Soweto, South Africa. The coronavirus pandemic has fractured global relationships as governments act in the interest of their citizens first, but John Nkengasong, Africa's top public health official, has helped to steer the continent's 54 countries into an alliance praised as responding better than some richer nations. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

As US struggles, Africa's COVID-19 response is praised

Sep. 22, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent." Then he quoted Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems,...

Rhode Island added to other state's travel advisory lists

Sep. 22, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island was added Tuesday back to the list of states whose residents are required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Those three states add states to their travel advisory lists if new daily cases hit 10 per 100,000 residents over...

Southeast Missouri counties seeing high number of cases

Sep. 22, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The mostly rural Bootheel region of Missouri is seeing high numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but unlike many other hard-hit areas, the surge isn’t tied to any particular place or demographic. Information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services...

Virus outbreak reported at Blair nursing home north of Omaha

Sep. 22, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An outbreak of the coronavirus has occurred at a nursing home in the Omaha bedroom community of Blair, with at least two dozen residents and staff infected, health officials said. The Three Rivers Public Health Department reported in a Friday news release the outbreak at Crowell Memorial...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Canada reaches vaccine agreement with companies

Sep. 22, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

LONDON — Pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have agreed to provide Canada with up to 72 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine as governments buy up supplies of unproven treatments in hopes of ensuring supplies of whatever works. On Tuesday, the companies reiterated their...