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People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus ride mopeds in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Vietnamese health official said on Thursday the COVID-19 outbreak would peak in the coming ten days as the country reported another death and a score of new infections. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The Latest: Vietnam has 1st local transmission in 89 days

Nov. 30, 2020 11:52 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the country’s first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. State media said Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight...

Doctors hope virus downtick holds as deadliest month ends

Nov. 30, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Doctors from South Dakota's largest hospital systems said Monday they hope that a recent downtick in virus cases holds steady after the Thanksgiving holiday as the state concluded its deadliest month of the pandemic to date. Health officials reported three deaths from COVID-19,...

Rapid City to consider mask mandate at special meeting

Nov. 28, 2020 5:45 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Council will consider a mask mandate for the city at a special session meeting on Monday. The council will consider choosing between two ordinances and a resolution requiring face coverings, The Rapid City Journal reported. One ordinance specifies masks to be...

Cannabis group files to defend constitutional amendment

Nov. 25, 2020 5:24 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The group that campaigned to legalize recreational marijuana in South Dakota through a voter-backed constitutional amendment has filed in court to defend the amendment in a legal challenge brought by two law enforcement officers. The Rapid City Journal reports South Dakotans for...

Governor names two new administration appointments

Nov. 25, 2020 3:58 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced two appointments to positions within her administration on Wednesday, naming new heads for the Department of Education and state housing program. Noem said that in December she will move her senior policy advisor Tiffany Sanderson to the...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. The largest group representing South Dakota doctors has come out in support of a statewide mask mandate as several cities have moved to require masks in public settings. Gov. Noem has opposed government-imposed mask mandates, arguing they have not been proven to halt the spread of infections. She plans to give an update on the state's coronavirus situation later Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota officials: Holiday could undo virus progress

Nov. 25, 2020 3:35 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials warned Wednesday that the state's recent progress in slowing the COVID-19 infection rate could be undone by holiday gatherings. The state added 28 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus, pushing the November total to 424, which is one...

West Virginia's Republican governor blasts mask critics

Nov. 25, 2020 12:34 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blasted critics of his mask mandate Wednesday, saying he would not follow the lead of other Republican governors rejecting the advice of public health experts. “I don't want to be South Dakota,” Justice said at a news conference. He then...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 23, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: COVID-19 winning as Akron and Ohio politicians spin their wheels Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 22 Two votes in recent days illustrated how COVID-19 continues to exploit our divided politics as it sickens record numbers of people. With no...

2 holiday displays, 2 messages at South Dakota Capitol

Nov. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — On Thanksgiving Day, more than 800 empty chairs will be set up at the South Dakota Capitol, a makeshift memorial to the lives lost to the coronavirus. But the somber display is not the only event happening at the Capitol this week, with Gov. Kristi Noem two days before kicking off...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...