Coronavirus

Days grow long at nursing homes

By MATT SEDENSKY The Associated Press WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — In the activity room, where birthdays were celebrated and Sunday services were held, the aquarium and its brightly colored tropical fish are the only signs of life. Off quiet hallways, Southern Pines residents pass the time with word-search books or a nap. Meals once were a social time enjoyed at tables of neighbors; now most are delivered bedside. Visitors are resigned to muffled conversations through…
Read More

Atlanta mayor: Trump broke city’s mask rule

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sued the city of Atlanta over its face-mask requirement just after President Donald Trump arrived in the city without wearing a mask, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Friday. In an interview on CBS “This Morning,” Bottoms questioned the timing of the lawsuit filed shortly after Trump’s Wednesday visit to the city, calling the litigation “really odd.” “I pointed out that Donald Trump violated that order when he landed…
Read More

List of national retail chains requiring masks is growing

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press NEW YORK — Target, CVS Health and Publix Super Markets on Thursday joined the growing list of national chains that will require customers to wear face masks regardless of where cities or states stand on the issue. Target’s mandatory face mask policy will go into effect Aug. 1, and all CVS stores will begin requiring them on Monday. Publix Super Markets Inc., based in Lakeland, Florida, said that its…
Read More

Rising virus infections threaten economic recovery

By JOSH BOAK and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Rising coronavirus infections across dozens of states are threatening the U.S. economic recovery, forcing businesses and consumers to freeze spending and keeping the unemployment rate stubbornly high. The government reported Thursday that retail sales rose a sharp 7.5 percent in June, but the positive trend was undercut by more recent data showing that credit card spending has stalled. A separate report showed that more…
Read More

Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries

By MIKE STOBBE and BERNARD CONDON The Associated Press NEW YORK — Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up reporting but one that concerns some public health leaders. The CDC director said Wednesday that he’s fine with the change — even though some experts…
Read More

Cuomo: Schools can reopen

By CAROLYN THOMPSON The Associated Press New York parents and educators got some long-awaited answers to their back-to-school questions Monday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying schools will be allowed to open in areas where the coronavirus is under control and education officials outlining a raft of guidance for whether that happens in-person, remotely or a combination of both. Each of the state’s 700 school districts has until the end of this month to detail school-by-school…
Read More