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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 file photo, Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat applauds as Dana Richardson breaks a champaign bottle on the second try during the christening ceremony for the U.S. Navy's newest attack submarine at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Graney told Electric Boat employees that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Graney got the results of his test the night before. (Dana Jensen/The Day via AP, File)

Electric Boat president tests positive for coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of submarine builder Electric Boat, which has major production plants in Connecticut and Rhode Island, told employees on Saturday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Kevin Graney said in a statement that he got his test result Friday night, after...

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, Paul Schmitz, co-founder and executive director of ShowerUp, speaks with a client at the ShowerUp trailer near the Jefferson Street bridge in Nashville, Tenn. ShowerUp is a nonprofit organization providing the homeless with mobile showers. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Man received call to create mobile showers for homeless

Apr. 4, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — He couldn’t use his regular fire hydrant across from the homeless encampment — tornado winds ripped up a giant tree and smashed it against the hydrant, knocking it out of service. So Paul Schmitz parked his three-shower trailer a block away from the Jefferson Street...

Helping the homeless in Bradenton could worsen outbreak

Apr. 4, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Agencies that serve the homeless in Manatee County are doing everything in their power to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect a vulnerable population that could potentially be devastated by an outbreak. Unfortunately, not everyone who helps the homeless is doing the...

Evacuated Peace Corps volunteers share memories overseas

Apr. 4, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Brooks Armstrong counted seven months left to finish her teaching in a small village in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer. Then, an evacuation order came. As the Peace Corps announced mandatory evacuation for all its volunteers overseas on March 16 -- for the first time in its...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo,  Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks at a rally for President Donald Trump in Phoenix. McSally is volunteering at the Salvation Army. Mark Kelly is using his background as an astronaut to entertain kids stuck at home. The global pandemic that is shaking up life is also forcing Arizona's U.S. Senate candidates to reinvent the political playbook when voters are much more concerned about staying healthy and paying the bills than they are with politics. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Arizona Senate campaigns get creative amid virus scare

Apr. 3, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Martha McSally is volunteering at the Salvation Army. Mark Kelly is using his background as an astronaut to entertain kids stuck at home. The global pandemic that is shaking up the nation's way of life is also forcing Arizona's U.S. Senate candidates to reinvent the political playbook when...

NY man volunteering to help sanitation crews dies on the job

Apr. 3, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

MEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man who fell from the back of a garbage truck while volunteering to assist sanitation crews during the coronavirus pandemic died, officials said. Jonathan Kehoe, 59, of Medford, died Wednesday morning after he fell from the back of a Lindenhurst garbage truck, Newsday...

Vermont seeking COVID medical help, even veterinarians

Apr. 3, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

Vermont officials said they are so desperate to find medical professionals to help with the state’s COVID-19 response, they're even willing to use veterinarians to help with care for people. Vermont is in the process of preparing almost 1,000 hospital beds in “medical surge facilities”...

CAPTION CORRECTS THE DATE - In this photo taken on Thursday, April 2, 2020, a firefighter talks on his phone as he rests at a temporary field hospital set in Ifema convention and exhibition in Madrid, Spain. Most of the 1,850 patients brought to the Ifema field hospital are not in serious conditions. In fact, 800 had been discharged by Thursday, although six had died since doors opened 12 days ago. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

At Madrid field hospital, staff seeks to provide human touch

Apr. 3, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — There's a bookshelf filled with donated novels. Hotel toiletries rest on cardboard boxes turned into bedside tables. Meals are served with personalized notes from the staff. And an army of volunteers do their best to keep up an air of optimism amid the pandemic. At a cavernous convention...

In a photo provided by Sanford Health, Dr. Jim Buhr, left, and Dr. Misty Anderson of Sanford Health in Valley City, N.D., pose for a photo Thursday, April 2, 2020. The 74-year-old Buhr is delaying his retirement in order to help the small hospital deal with possible COVID-19 cases. He said that while his age puts him at greater risk than the 38-year-old Anderson, he wants to help to protect younger workers. (Sanford Health via AP)

North Dakota recruits health workers for worst-case scenario

Apr. 2, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say they are confident the state will have enough hospital beds and equipment to handle the coming flood of coronavirus cases. The one thing they're worried about in a worst-case scenario is having enough health care workers. The state should have 2,400 beds...

Registered Nurse Elizabeth Schafer, 36, of South St. Paul, Minn., stands for a portrait before entering Beth Israel Mount Sinai Hospital for her second day volunteering to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in New York. Schafer left her home in the Midwest to volunteer in New York where she says the situation inside the hospital is grim.

Call for virus volunteers yields army of health care workers

Apr. 1, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The work is exhausting and dangerous, the situation bleak. But an army of health care workers heeded New York’s call for help reinforcing hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. So far, at least 82,000 people have volunteered for the state’s reserve force of medical...