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CORONAVIRUS

US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Americans are unlikely to be allowed into more than 30 European countries for business or tourism when the continent begins next week to open its borders to the world, due to the spread of the coronavirus and President Donald Trump's ban on ...

Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday — issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks just hours before ...

Local health officials recommend face masks in public

NEW ULM — Wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, such as grocery stores and gas stations, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19, said local officials. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through ...

Surging US virus cases raise fear that progress is slipping

By TAMARA LUSH, NATHAN ELLGREN and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alarming surges in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South and West raised fears Monday that the outbreak is spiraling out of control and that hard-won progress against the scourge is slipping ...

Two more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brown County

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported two new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday. Both cases are individuals in their 20s. No further information on the two new cases was made public. The two additional cases brings the total number of confirmed cases in Brown County ...

US coronavirus outbreaks spur debate over personal freedoms

By TERRY TANG, KEN MORITSUGU and LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China's capital this week, Beijing canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as "extremely grave." But with cases rising in some U.S. states, local ...

A drug offers hope amid spikes in coronavirus infections

By R.J. RICO, MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As nations grapple with new outbreaks and spiking death tolls from the coronavirus, a commonly available drug appeared Tuesday to offer hope that the most seriously ill could have a better chance of ...

Virus cases needing hospital continue to fall in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota reported 230 new cases and six more deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, but the number of hospitalizations continued to decline. State health officials said 353 people were hospitalized from the coronavirus, with 186 people in intensive care. The Star Tribune ...

Rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — States are rolling back lockdowns, but the coronavirus isn't done with the U.S. Cases are rising in nearly half the states, according to an Associated Press analysis, a worrying trend that could intensify as people return to work and ...

Small cities face fiscal calamity from virus

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Unfilled potholes, uncollected trash, unmown grass and, most significantly, fewer police on the street are some of what Allentown says it's contemplating unless Washington helps it plug a multimillion-dollar budget hole left by ...

UN scrambles mask, virus spread advice

By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — It's an issue that's been argued about for months, both by experts and by people strolling through parks all over the world: Can people who don't feel sick spread the coronavirus, and if so should we all be wearing masks to stop it? Even ...

Walz announces gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms, theaters

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday a gradual reopening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues during the coronavirus pandemic. Walz said the restrictions will loosen next Wednesday, but customers and employees still will be either strongly recommended ...

NUMC offers drive-thru testing

NEW ULM — New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) announced they will offer appointments-only curbside COVID-19 testing starting Monday, June 8. NUMC can offer this service due to increased access to testing kits and positive reaction from our patients using curbside lab service. NUMC Director ...

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that ...

Protests ignite fears of contagion

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and NICKY FORSTER Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As demonstrators flooded streets across America to decry the killing of George Floyd, public health experts watched in alarm — the close proximity of protesters and their failures in many cases to wear ...

Reopening: States at various stages

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement's response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally ...

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause "unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world," with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to ...

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few ...