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Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 19, 2020 - 11:42 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of...
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A medical worker tests a person for the coronavirus at a drive-through facility primarily for first responders and medical personnel in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, "This is not a time to panic. It's not as if we have never been through this before. We've been through this many, many times." (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 19, 2020 - 10:55 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Cars lined up for more than a mile outside a Houston hospital Thursday as the nation's fourth-largest city began drive-thru testing for the coronavirus, but officials warned they don't have enough kits or protective gear to meet demand. “I don't want to create false hope that we are...
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Medics and paramedics from China arrive at the Malpensa airport of Milan, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Some 37 between doctors and paramedics were sent along with some 20 tons of equipment, and will be deployed to different hospitals in Italy's most affected area. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 18, 2020 - 8:20 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 217,000 people and killed more than 8,700. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 84,000 people...
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Susan Hailey, who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, waves through the window of her room at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., as her daughter leaves after a visit, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home, which has been at the center of the outbreak of new coronavirus in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 18, 2020 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many nursing homes risk running out of protective masks and gowns by next week because of the coronavirus, and at least one facility already had to resort to using plastic garbage bags to make gowns, an industry group warned Wednesday. “We really need to take drastic action to...
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This undated photo provided by Vyaire Medical, Inc. shows a VELA ventilator. U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators and health care workers to operate them. (Ken Hansen/Vyaire Medical, Inc. via AP)
March 17, 2020 - 2:30 pm
U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators and health care workers to operate them. The Society of Critical Care Medicine has projected that 960,000 coronavirus...
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A private security guard walks past the gate of Safdarjung's Tomb, a sandstone and marble mausoleum built in 1754, closed as a precaution against the spreading of new coronavirus in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
March 17, 2020 - 6:12 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — A British citizen appeared at a public hospital in India's capital with a cough, difficulty breathing and a private clinic's referral for a coronavirus test. She was turned away. Indian authorities said Tuesday that they are not expanding testing for the virus, as most affected...
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In this March 12, 2020, photo, Steve Sedlacek, right looks at his father, Chuck Sedlacek, back left, through reflections in the window of his room at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The facility has been at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, and Sedlacek's brother Scott said that he and his siblings have barely spoken to their father inside the center, who in addition to testing positive for the coronavirus, has blindness, neuropathy, and has difficulty using a phone, saying he is more of an "inmate" than a patient. Residents of assisted living facilities and their loved ones are facing a grim situation as the coronavirus spreads across the country, placing elderly people especially at risk. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 14, 2020 - 3:13 pm
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Desperate to talk to their dad, Scott Sedlacek and his brother, Steve, stood outside his open nursing home window and shouted. They could barely hear his weak replies, but one came through clearly. “I feel like (expletive),” the 86-year-old told them. Chuck Sedlacek arrived...
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Steve Moody, director of nursing at Central Maine Medical Center, mops the floor of a tent outside the emergency entrance to the hospital where patients are tested for of the coronavirus Friday, March 13, 2020, in Lewiston, Maine. U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
March 13, 2020 - 2:19 pm
U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. Depending on how bad the crisis gets, the sick could find...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y., right, after updating members of Congress on the coronavirus outbreak, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 12, 2020 - 2:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. lag in coronavirus testing is “a failing,” a top federal health official said Thursday, and public health experts say they still don't have a good understanding of how widely the new virus has spread. The effort initially was hobbled by delays in getting testing kits out to...
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A woman votes in the presidential primary election at the the Summit View Church of the Nazarene Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The polling place served two precincts as voters who were scheduled to vote at a nearby senior living facility were directed to vote at the church after the facility backed out due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
March 11, 2020 - 4:31 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus threat is forcing elections officials in some states to remove polling places from nursing homes and other senior care facilities to protect older Americans, who appear to be more susceptible to the disease. Last-minute shuffling left voters in Michigan and...
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