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COVID-19 contact tracers make phone calls and log potential exposures at the Umatilla County Public Health center in Pendleton, Ore., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. In tiny Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon, contact tracers work out of a converted jail to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 as new cases surge in the rural West and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ben Lonergan)
July 18, 2020 - 11:02 am
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Heather Griggs presses a phone to her ear in a makeshift office in the small brick courthouse that once served as a jail in rural Pendleton, a place best known for its annual rodeo. Her assured tone masks her exhaustion when she tells the person on the other end that they may...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, Boston Red Sox players sit apart for social distancing during baseball practice at Fenway Park in Boston. Public health experts have mixed feelings about baseball’s hopes to open its season July 23. There is optimism because of the nature of the sport itself, which produces less on-field risk than basketball, football or hockey. Then again, players and their families face a daunting task staying safe away from the ballpark, especially with teams traveling to and from hard-hit regions including Florida and Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
July 18, 2020 - 10:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty baseball teams from 28 cities, trying to play 60 games each amid a coronavirus pandemic that seemingly hasn’t peaked in the United States. Plausible? Worthwhile? Unconscionable? Even among experts, it depends on who's talking: “Baseball games can work,” said Dr. David Hamer,...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. With COVID-19 cases hitting alarming new highs and a grim rising death toll, the pandemic's devastating cycle is happening all over again, leaving Congress little choice but to engineer another costly rescue. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 18, 2020 - 9:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It stands as the biggest economic rescue in U.S. history, the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill swiftly approved by Congress in the spring. And it's painfully clear now, as the pandemic worsens, it was only the start. With COVID-19 cases hitting alarming new highs and the...
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Students wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus gather at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Authorities in a city in far western China have reduced subways, buses and taxis and closed off some residential communities amid a new coronavirus outbreak, according to Chinese media reports. They also placed restrictions on people leaving the city, including a suspension of subway service to the airport. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
July 18, 2020 - 2:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in China’s far west has risen to 17. The National Health Commission said Saturday that 16 more cases were identified in the previous 24 hours in the Xinjiang region, on top of a first case. The outbreak in the city of Urumqi is...
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Registered nurses Army Capt. Rachel Curtis, right, and Capt. Christa Angelotti, with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, sets up a patient board inside a wing at United Memorial Medical Center, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Houston. Soldiers will treat COVID-19 patients in the newly setup hospital wing as Texas receives help from across the country to deal with its coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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July 18, 2020 - 12:51 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they're unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic as death tolls reached new highs. It came as many states — particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope with the...
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A Tidelands Health medical professional changes latex gloves during a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Friday July 17, 2020 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)
July 18, 2020 - 12:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are some snapshots from what President Donald Trump describes as the nation with the “best testing in the world" for the coronavirus: In Sun Belt states where the virus is surging, lines of cars with people seeking tests snake for hours in the beating sun, often yielding...
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Dusty Lego-style toys are scattered in the playground of an elementary school in Los Angeles, Friday, July 17, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out strict criteria Friday for school reopenings that makes it unlikely the vast majority of districts will have classroom instruction in the fall as the coronavirus pandemic surges. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 17, 2020 - 8:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the first day of school just weeks away in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out sweeping new rules Friday that all but ensure most of the state’s K-12 schools serving 6.7 million students will not reopen classrooms when the academic year starts. The rules also mandate...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 file photo, two visitors wear masks as they walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. New York City won't open malls and museums Monday, July 20, 2020, even if the city is allowed to move into the next phase of reopening, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo promises more crackdowns on bars and restaurants. Of the Metropolitan Museum: "I think they can plan to reopen. And then we'll see what the facts say," Cuomo said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 17, 2020 - 6:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City was cleared Friday to take the next step in its reopening next week, allowing movie and TV crews to film, zoos to welcome reduced crowds, professional sports teams to play to empty seats. Visitors are set to return to the island that houses the Statue of Liberty — but...
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A Tidelands Health medical professional changes latex gloves during a drive-through COVID-19 testing site Friday July 17, 2020 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)
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July 17, 2020 - 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are some snapshots from what President Donald Trump describes as the nation with the “best testing in the world" for the coronavirus: In Sun Belt states where the virus is surging, lines of cars with people seeking tests snake for hours in the beating sun, often yielding...
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp returns to his office after giving a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol Friday, July 17, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over its face mask mandate. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
July 17, 2020 - 4:55 pm
Across the U.S., state and local officials are trying to balance the competing priorities of protecting their citizens from the coronavirus while keeping the economy running. Add into the mix strong feelings about individual freedom, weak and sometimes contradictory guidance from the federal...
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