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Viewpoint: A Resurgence in Catastrophes and COVID-19 Clash

Hurricane season has arrived. Although we’re still ahead of the historical September peak, PCS has already recorded two tropical events making landfall in the United States and notes outside forecasts of another busy year. Further, hot and dry conditions in …

California Worker Board to Again Reconsider Mask Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s workplace regulators are set to again reconsider controversial masking rules designed to protect employees against the coronavirus. A “special meeting” of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board was hastily scheduled for Wednesday after …

Complaint May Spur Review of Meat Industry’s Virus Response

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A union complaint about whether an Oklahoma meatpacking plant is doing enough to protect workers from the coronavirus could test the industry’s response to the pandemic because Seaboard Foods says it is following recommendations from the …

Kansas County Chooses Not to Observe Covid ‘Emergency’

SEDAN, Kan. (AP) — Greetings from Chautauqua, the only county in Kansas where COVID-19 isn’t an emergency. This bucolic and remote county, nestled on the Oklahoma border 100 highway miles southeast of Wichita, is the only place in Kansas that …

Fears and Tension Mount for Commuters Still Heading to Work

NEW YORK (AP) — One by one, the fears creep in as Aura Morales rides the bus to her job at CVS in Los Angeles. A passenger boards without a mask but she doesn’t dare confront him. More riders board …

Despite Promise, Few in US Adopting COVID-19 Exposure Apps

RALEIGH, N.C. — 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 …

Here Comes Santa Claus – With Face Masks And Plexiglass

NEW YORK — Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap. Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa’s age and weight put him at high risk for severe illness from …

Outdoor Dining Tents Raise Questions of Virus Safety as Winter Nears

As temperatures cool, many of the outside dining options that have sprung up across the U.S. in reaction to pandemic restrictions have become a little less open-air. The new structures come in varying forms, from clear plastic tents that allow …

Kentucky High Court Upholds Governor’s Powers To Fight Virus

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus-related orders putting restrictions on businesses and individuals to try to the contain spread of COVID-19. The ruling delivered a victory for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear …

‘Great Day For Humanity’: Pfizer Says Covid-19 Vaccine Over 90% Effective

Nov 9 — Pfizer Inc’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective based on initial trial results, the company said on Monday, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed over a million people and …