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CORONAVIRUS

Years of research laid groundwork for speedy COVID-19 shots

How could scientists race out COVID-19 vaccines so fast without cutting corners? A head start helped -- over a decade of behind-the-scenes research that had new vaccine technology poised for a challenge just as the coronavirus erupted. "The speed is a reflection of years of work that went ...

Trump lawyer Giuliani in hospital after positive COVID test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the latest in Trump's inner circle to contract the disease that is now surging across the U.S. Giuliani was exhibiting some symptoms and was admitted ...

Despite promise, few in US adopting COVID-19 exposure apps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six months ago, Apple and Google introduced a new smartphone tool designed to notify people who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, without disclosing any personal information. But for the most part, Americans haven't been all that interested. Fewer than half of ...

Schools confront ‘off the rails’ numbers of failing grades

The first report cards of the school year are arriving with many more Fs than usual in a dismal sign of the struggles students are experiencing with distance learning. School districts from coast to coast have reported the number of students failing classes has risen by as many as two or ...

Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden's administration will put in place something Donald Trump's has not — a comprehensive national testing strategy. Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and ...

Millions of hungry Americans turn to food banks for 1st time

The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation's heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck. The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills and a ...

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the outbreak that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe. In ...

COVID surge puts contact tracing behind

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health (BCPH) asks people who test positive for COVID-19 to begin 10-day isolation the day symptoms begin, in a Nov. 29 Facebook post. “If you have no symptoms, islation begins the day you are tested,” read the post. “Notify those that you had close ...

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Americans returning from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the nationwide surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend. Los Angeles County imposed a stay-at-home order for its ...

Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Vivian Zayas can't keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table. That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired seamstress. ...

Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations, miss virus

Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise. Lily Roberts, 19, said she got tested for COVID-19 at ...

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney ...

Snacks brighten medical workers’ day

By Clay Schuldt Staff Writer NEW ULM — New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) and other area healthcare providers received donations of a truck full of snack items Tuesday. The donations came from Jeremy Drexler who works part-time in the family business of stocking vending machines and ...

New Ulm shifts to distance learning Nov. 30

NEW ULM — New Ulm Schools will shift to distance learning for all grades starting Monday, Nov. 30, Superintendent Jeff Bertrang told parents on Tuesday. To make this a successful transition, there will be no school on Nov. 23 and 24, said Bertrang. These will be transitional planning days ...

Moritz: Cases strain county’s capacity to contact-trace on it own

NEW ULM — Brown County Public Health will join the South Central Regional Coordination Center to do COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, according to a press release by Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz. Cases in Brown County have grown exponentially and despite ...

COVID-19 cases shoot up again in Brown County

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported 65 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day amount to date, on Monday, Nov. 16. That compares to 44 new laboratory-confirmed cases on Sunday, Nov. 15. Over the last three days, 168 new cases have been confirmed in Brown County, ...

Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is all but certain to get worse because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving. Leaders are closing ...

‘More people may die’: Biden urges Trump to aid transition

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday warned of dire consequences if President Donald Trump and his administration continue to refuse to coordinate with his transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues and vaccine ...

Biden advisers to meet vaccine firms as Trump stalls handoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election. That delayed handoff is especially problematic during a public ...

Virus surge: Schools abandon classes, states retreat

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press School systems in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks, as the ...