Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade celebrates his interception and touchdown against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Indiana 42-35. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COVID outbreak may put season in jeopardy for No. 3 Ohio St

Nov. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State officials say they are unsure when the team can practice again, let alone play next week at Michigan State, after an outbreak of COVID-19 put the third-ranked Buckeyes' Big Ten title hopes in danger. “I have no clue what this afternoon or tomorrow will bring or next...

Shoppers pass an Indigo Friday 40% Off sign Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home

Nov. 28, 2020 4:27 PM EST

Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over the previous record...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

University researchers recommend 3-week shutdown, mask order

Nov. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak's current surge will present Arizona with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate, university researchers said. Without such steps,...

Johnson, Steward help No. 9 Duke beat Coppin State 81-71

Nov. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jalen Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 9 Duke overcome a turnover-filled performance and beat Coppin State 81-71 in Saturday's delayed season opener for both teams. The 6-foot-9 Johnson made all eight of his shots from the field, including a...

Officials fear Thanksgiving could inflame the pandemic

Nov. 28, 2020 4:19 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Health officials are worried that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings will inflame the pandemic, straining hospitals even further. “We’ve got to take the fuel away from this virus,” Herb Simmons, executive director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency,...

A health care employee works at a COVID-19 testing site at Crandon Park, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida quickly approaching 1 million COVID-19 cases

Nov. 28, 2020 4:10 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Health confirmed 6,277 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state’s known total of cases to 985,297. The state also confirmed 81 new deaths on Saturday, bring Florida's total during the pandemic to 18,442. Because of the...

Young artists protest in front of the doors of the Ministry of Culture, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Dozens of Cuban artists demonstrated against the police evicting a group who participated in a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Artists say Cuba government agrees to dialogue, tolerance

Nov. 28, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals say they won an unusual government vow of greater tolerance for independent art on Saturday after a demonstration in front of the Culture Ministry. About 20 artists had gathered Friday and the crowd grew to 200 by late night, when Vice Minister...

Uptick in coronavirus numbers continues in New York

Nov. 28, 2020 4:07 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths in New York continue to rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. There were 3,287 hospitalizations recorded statewide Friday, compared with 3,108 the previous day, Cuomo said. There also were 42 deaths, up from 39 on Thursday, he said. The state saw...

Denver Broncos safety Kahani Smith takes part in drills during an NFL football practice at the team's heasdquarters Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Latest: COVID-19 sidelines Raiders' running backs coach

Nov. 28, 2020 4:06 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Las Vegas Raiders running backs coach Kirby Wilson won’t coach this week because of COVID-19-related reasons. The team said Saturday that Wilson will miss the game at Atlanta. Senior offensive assistant John Morton will...

Sewage testing helps health officials for virus surges

Nov. 28, 2020 3:41 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A study that tests for parts of the coronavirus in sewage is giving public health workers advance notice of virus surges. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the City of Lawrence has been taking weekly sewage samples at both of its wastewater treatment plants to test for...