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Pennsylvania to start housing unvaccinated inmates together

Aug. 05, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania prison system announced Thursday it is stopping in-person visits for the thousands of inmates who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The Corrections Department also said it will begin housing unvaccinated inmates together next...

Maine CDC investigating 4 cases of Legionnaires’ disease

Aug. 05, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control is trying to determine if four cases of Legionnaires’ disease are connected in the Bangor area, officials said Thursday. The Maine CDC alerted health care providers after learning of four cases in which...

Joplin: City computer shutdown was ransomware attack

Aug. 05, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The insurer for Joplin paid $320,00 to an unknown person after a ransomware attack shut down the city’s government’s computer system last month, Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards said Thursday. The money was paid to keep any sensitive information...

Bill going to Cooper requires parents to OK kid's COVID shot

Aug. 05, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill requiring minors to get approval from their parents before receiving a COVID-19 shot in North Carolina was sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday. The measure, which cleared the state Senate unanimously earlier this week, passed on...

Puerto Rico widens vaccine requirements amid COVID-19 spike

Aug. 05, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that vaccinations will be required of government contractors, hotel guests and employees and all health facility workers to control a spike in COVID-19 cases blamed largely on the Delta variant. ...

Nashville school officials agree to implement mask mandate

Aug. 05, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

Nashville's top school officials on Thursday agreed to enforce an universal mask mandate for the upcoming school year as part of an effort to protect children too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while the pandemic resurges across the state. The Metro Nashville Board...

Arizona doctors urge governor to require masks in schools

Aug. 05, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 150 Arizona doctors on Thursday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to mandate masks in public schools, dialing up pressure as coronavirus cases rise and a growing number of school districts require their staff and students to mask up in defiance of a new state law. ...

Lawmakers to begin negotiations on plan for COVID-19 funds

Aug. 05, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers from the Virginia House and Senate were set to begin negotiations Thursday over the spending plan for Virginia’s share of federal coronavirus relief money after the two chambers passed different versions of the bill. The versions that...

Kansas' most populous county mandates masks for K-6 schools

Aug. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ most populous county on Thursday imposed a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in hopes of checking the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. The Johnson County Commission voted 5-2 for a mask requirement for schools...

Florida to spend training camp in hotel to combat COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will spend at least part of its training camp in a hotel as coach Dan Mullen searches for ways to avoid another COVID-19 outbreak within the program. The Gators begin three weeks of fall practice Friday, with Mullen understanding much...