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CORONAVIRUS

New studies bolster theory coronavirus emerged from the wild

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold – further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by the ...

Some schools hit hard by virus make few changes for new year

As a new school year approaches, COVID-19 infections are again on the rise, fueled by highly transmissible variants, filling families with dread. They fear the return of a pandemic scourge: outbreaks that sideline large numbers of teachers, close school buildings and force students back into ...

Night Out: Neighbors get to know each other to reduce crime

NEW ULM — National Night Out returned to German Park Monday after a two-year absence. The 2021 and 2020 National Night Out were canceled due to COVID concerns but were back in full force for the 2022 celebration. Turnout for the community event started slow due to a short drizzle. This ...

Oregon urges return to mask wearing as hospitals feel strain

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials are urging people in 21 counties with high COVID-19 cases — including the three Portland-area counties — to return to mask wearing because the hospital system is again under extreme strain. While COVID-19 hospitalizations are lower than past ...

Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘very mild symptoms’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and went into isolation with mild symptoms. White House officials went all-out to show that the 79-year-old U.S. leader could power through the virus and keep working because he was vaccinated and boosted. In a ...

Hy-Vee offering COVID-19 test-to-treat services

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — All Hy-Vee pharmacies now offer test-to-treat COVID-19 services using the COVID-19 antiviral, PAXLOVID, to help treat mild-to-moderate cases, the company announced Tuesday. Earlier this month, the FDA authorized state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe PAXLOVID to ...