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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, coronavirus-themed Halloween decorations are displayed on a lawn in Tenafly, N.J. In a year when fear and death have commandeered front-row seats in American life, what does it mean to encounter Halloween, a holiday whose very existence hinges on turning fear and death into entertainment? (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The Latest: Ky. gov urges more care in hardest-hit counties

Oct. 26, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s governor is urging people in the state’s counties hit hardest by the pandemic to take stricter steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andy Beshear stressed Monday that he is only offering recommendations — not mandates. Beshear says people...

El Paso imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals

Oct. 26, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals, prompting the state to dedicate part of the city's civic center as a makeshift care center for the ill. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego...

Thieves take $1M worth of gloves meant for Florida hospitals

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Thieves have stolen over 6 million gloves, worth $1 million, meant for first responders at Florida hospitals. Medgluv, a supplier of medical gloves to the national health care industry, said it received the shipment at its office in Coral Springs on Friday night. On Sunday night,...

Idaho Gov. Brad Little orders return to some COVID-19 restrictions amid surging cases, hospital strain

Oct. 26, 2020 5:02 PM EDT
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little orders return to some COVID-19 restrictions amid surging cases, hospital strain.

NY limits hospital, nursing home visits in virus red zones

Oct. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is reinstating restrictions on visits to hospitals, nursing homes and prisons in its coronavirus “red zones” as the state tries to reverse a slow but steady increase in the number of infections. The state Department of Health told facility administrators Friday...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. Gov. Ricketts and other state officials unveiled the state's plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccination on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

Nebraska health providers, seniors to get vaccine first

Oct. 26, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's health care providers and elderly and vulnerable residents will be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccination when it becomes available as early as this year, state officials said Monday. Gov. Pete Ricketts and public health officials said they plan to give those groups...

Vermont's Brattleboro Retreat to lay off 85 workers

Oct. 26, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont's largest private psychiatric hospital, is laying 85 employees, about 15% of its workforce, as part of its effort to contain costs. In addition to the layoffs, the Retreat is eliminating a number of programs. The facility has reduced its workforce by...

A woman, wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, walks along Cinquantenaire park in an autumn day in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stopped short Friday of imposing another full lockdown, as the country did in March, but introduced a series of new restrictive measures as the number of COVID-19 related hospital admissions and deaths continue to soar. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Belgium faces pivotal week as virus weighs on hospitals

Oct. 26, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities warned Monday that Belgium faces a pivotal week in its struggle to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as a series of new restrictions took effect in one of the European countries hardest hit by the pandemic. Almost 12,500 new cases are being reported on average every 24 hours,...

Germany's Bayer to buy US gene therapy specialist AskBio

Oct. 26, 2020 4:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German health care company Bayer said Monday it is buying Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, a U.S.-based firm specializing in gene therapy, in a deal worth up to $4 billion. Bayer said it will pay $2 billion up front for privately held AskBio plus “potential success-based milestone...

Temporary hospital to be set up in El Paso convention center

Oct. 25, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A part of the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center will be turned into a makeshift hospital to help with the ongoing surge of coronavirus cases, Texas officials announced Sunday. Gov. Greg Abbott said 50 hospital beds will be set up in the convention center and another 50...