Minor league baseball teams the latest to sue insurance companies for failing to pay business interruption insurance

Unable to secure players from Major League Baseball, the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Columbia Fireflies, Binghamton Rumble Ponies and 157 other minor league teams canceled their 2020 baseball season late last month. For the first time in history, there will be no cheering fans in their stadiums. No hot dog sales. No beer or baseball caps. […] Read more »

‘COVID hallucinations saved my life’: Near death, a coronavirus-induced vision told a woman to call 911

Marilyn Schneider is an executive secretary at Ohio’Cleveland Clinic where she gets her temperature checked several times a day. But it wasn’t until the 57-year-old got home from work on March 27 that an intense chill suddenly overcame her, accompanied by a rising fever. “It felt like something came up behind me and dropped a […] Read more »

EPA approves Lysol products for use against coronavirus

Lysol is the first surface disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to wipe out the coronavirus. Two versions of the common household disinfectant spray were lab tested by the agency, which found they could kill the virus on surfaces, the EPA announced. Lysol Disinfectant Spray, priced at $4.18 at Walmart, and Lysol Disinfectant Max […] Read more »

‘It’s nothing complicated’: New Mexico ads ask visitors to comply with coronavirus safeguards

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School reopening plans are now part of COVID-19 politics. Teachers fear for their safety.

Coronavirus cases are soaring across the country and some states are pausing the reopening of their economies. Still, pressure is mounting to reopen schools full-time this fall — and it’s coming from state politicians, the White House, pediatricians and parents. Teachers are caught in the middle. While many desperately want to return to their classrooms, […] Read more »

Walgreens to open 500 to 700 in-store clinics with primary care doctors in deal with VillageMD

The doctor will see you now … at Walgreens. Walgreens plans to staff 500 to 700 of its stores with primary care doctors in the next five years in a partnership with medical services provider VillageMD. The company, which has nearly 9,300 locations in the U.S., announced the plan Wednesday morning, saying it would also […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: US nears 3M cases; Florida hospital ICUs reaching capacity; movie theater chains sue to reopen in New Jersey

Hospitalizations continued to rise and ICU beds were quickly filling as the nation reached the brink of 3 million coronavirus cases Wednesday. The stunning milestone will hit less than six months after the first confirmed case was reported January 21, in Everett, Washington. The virus has killed more than 130,000 Americans. In California, hospitalizations are […] Read more »

Amid racial injustice and COVID-19, there’s still hope America will become a better place

If we can acknowledge that we are all vulnerable now, we have a nearly unprecedented opportunity to weave community in ways that leave us stronger. Read more »

‘Government needed a villain’: Louisiana lawmaker equates coronavirus mask mandates to Holocaust

A Louisiana lawmaker said people who refuse to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic are being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Republican State Rep. Danny McCormick posted a Facebook video Tuesday railing against mask mandates as an assault on liberty, triggered by a mask mandate issued by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. […] Read more »

Imagine a world with a COVID-19 pandemic and without the Affordable Care Act. Trump does.

Trump has found the best way possible to cripple our ability to fight COVID-19, add to the suffering of the infected and undermine our health system. Read more »

What doctors are saying about coronavirus risks at Trump’s New Hampshire rally

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What doctors are saying about coronavirus risks at Trump’s New Hampshire rally

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Athletics’ Jake Diekman: ‘If they don’t get the testing figured out then this whole thing will get shut down’

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‘This is not a two-week thing’: Phillies’ Scott Kingery details perilous COVID-19 battle

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Double whammy: United says coronavirus surges and new quarantine rules are denting travel demand – again

WhenNew York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a 14-day quarantine for arriving travelers in late June amid a coronavirus surge in several Sun Belt states, the big question for the airline industry was whether it would stunt a nascent travel rebound. United Airlines answered the question with a resounding yes in a securities filing late […] Read more »

Fact check: Researchers found coronavirus in March 2019 wastewater; more study needed

The claim: Traces of coronavirus were found in samples of wastewater collected prior to the pandemic As scientists rush to understand and fight against the novel coronavirus, a new claim suggests it may have been around a year before the pandemic started. “This week, researchers at the University of Barcelona have published new findings that […] Read more »

‘Worried for our families and all of mankind.’ Coronavirus a concern even for astronauts in space

WASHINGTON – At 260 miles above Earth, it might seem easy to forget the pandemonium of a coronavirus crisis gripping the globe. But for three U.S. astronauts – Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley – circling the planet in the International Space Station, the angst of COVID-19 never really disappears either. “We’re certainly worried […] Read more »

14 Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants test positive for COVID-19

Fourteen flight attendants tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a recent training at Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu headquarters and are now in quarantine, according to the airline, which has canceled its flight attendant training due to the circumstances. “We are supporting our team members in their recovery, and other employees involved in the training have been […] Read more »

Nashville SC match in MLS is Back Tournament postponed after five players test positive for COVID-19

Nashville SC will not play Wednesday against Chicago Fire FC on the opening night of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando. Major League Soccer confirmed Tuesday five of Nashville’s players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two cases were confirmed Sunday, and three more were confirmed Monday evening. Nashville SC confirmed to The Tennessean […] Read more »

Coronavirus is revolutionizing scientific practices and communication. Here’s how.

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Shake Shack begins launching new restaurants amid pandemic

The company says it’s opening the new restaurants despite lingering COVID-19 sales effects. Read more »

Pro lacrosse league to hold two-week tournament in Salt Lake City in place of full season

Lacrosse fans who were deprived of the college game’s main event this spring can look forward to a summer treat — so long as the novel coronavirus doesn’t interfere, of course. And, if all goes according to plan, some will be available on over-the-air TV. The Premier Lacrosse League has unveiled its schedule for a […] Read more »

‘Wearing a mask is not about fear’: Retailer group urges governors to require everyone to wear a mask

As viral videos of shoppers’ tirades and confrontations over being asked to wear face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic erupt, major retailers are urging governors to make it a requirement for everyone to wear a mask. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Walgreens, Home Depot and other major chains, says […] Read more »

Bucks close practice facility following COVID-19 testing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s latest round of testing for the coronavirus. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at […] Read more »

MLB umpire Joe West, 67, skeptical of coronavirus death count, won’t opt out of season

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Trump’s ‘mission accomplished’ moment is premature and deadly. We have not defeated COVID.

Desperate for crowds and adoration, Trump has put his most fervent supporters at risk of getting a deadly disease. Future historians will be astonished. Read more »

NFLPA president JC Tretter says NFL is putting season, players at risk with its coronavirus approach

NFL Players Association president JC Tretter said Tuesday the NFL is putting the 2020 season at risk with its coronavirus approach, calling on the league to better “prioritize player safety.” “Like many other industries, football’s resistance to change is based on the belief that the best way to run things is the way we’ve always […] Read more »

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he tested positive for the coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity. Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia. “I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can’t due […] Read more »

Venice Film Festival forges ahead amid COVID-19 pandemic with reduced lineup

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as some outdoor and […] Read more »

Amtrak offers buy-one, get-one promotion on its sleeper trains amid COVID-19 — with a catch

Amtrak wants you to have sweet dreams the next time you travel — so much so that it’s sweetening the deal on its sleeper “roomettes.” The rail service is offering a buy-one-get-one-free discount this summer for its roomette accommodation, meaning when one person books a roomette they can have their second ticket free. A roomette […] Read more »

Florida teen treated with hydroxychloroquine at home before dying of COVID-19, report says

FORT MEYERS, Fla. – The family of a 17-year-old Florida girl who died last month from COVID-19 treated her symptoms at home for nearly a week before taking her to a hospital, a medical examiner’s report concludes. The home care included giving the girl unproven drugs and putting her on an oxygen tank used by […] Read more »

Mookie Betts worried MLB coronavirus testing woes could prevent him from ever playing for Dodgers

During nearly four months away from the game, Mookie Betts said he “stayed away from baseball to keep myself sane.” It’s not hard to understand why. The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player was jolted by a January trade from Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team for which he may never play thanks […] Read more »

Tom Hanks doesn’t get ‘how common sense has somehow been put into question’ with coronavirus

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Can Gov. DeSantis force Florida schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic? Some school leaders seem doubtful.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As concern about the state order spread online, some school leaders said: Not so fast. As Florida educators puzzle over how to start the new academic year, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration seemed to scramble their plans Monday. A new state edict called on public schools to provide in-person classes five days […] Read more »

Texas surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases after 4th of July holiday weekend

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas reached 200,000 total COVID-19 cases Monday, just 17 days after crossing the 100,000 threshold, a figure that took the state nearly four months to hit. The grim milestone came as the state has reported weeks of surging hospitalizations and new cases, and as Gov. Greg Abbott aimed to clamp down on […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: California Capitol closes after outbreak; Florida orders ‘brick and mortar’ schools to open; 130,000 US deaths

The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 130,000, the California State Capitol in Sacramento closed after five people who work in the Assembly tested positive for COVID-19 and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed she has tested positive. “This is startling for me because we’ve been so very careful,” Bottoms, who said she has no symptoms, […] Read more »

Florida sees worrying spike in coronavirus cases, potential to ‘overwhelm our hospitals’ after reopening

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. –Texas and Arizona were among the first states to take a leap of faith in May by reopening their economies from lockdown orders meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But in the weeks that followed, new COVID-19 cases began to gradually climb in both states. Then, after bars, gyms, […] Read more »

Race for a coronavirus vaccine: Why I volunteered to be exposed to COVID-19

We desperately need a vaccine, but one of the fastest routes to finding and testing one — challenge trials — is not under consideration. It should be. Read more »

Hospitals have long been judged on quality of care. These new rankings grade their commitment to community, too.

Hospitals are usually judged on their quality of care, but a new ranking aims to also look at how much they contribute to their community with metrics like charity care and pay equity. Using these standards, some hospitals known for providing exemplary care fared worse than normal in rankings, and others that don’t have a […] Read more »

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian create panel to make cruising safe from the coronavirus

Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry’s most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the “Healthy Sail Panel,” as it’s being called, with the goal […] Read more »