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RENSSELAER — The owner of American Melt Blown & Filtration, a Rensselaer-based filtration manufacturer, announced plans to launch a startup company focused on producing N95 masks and other medical-grade supplies to aid in the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response effort.

RENSSELAER — You’ll Never Guess CEO/owner Ron Kasparian and his employees continue to crank up their 3-D printers to produce face masks for the public.

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Several COVID-19 related matters were on the agenda of the first in-person meeting of an Iroquois County Board committee since March, such as discussing a contingency plan for the county to open as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and modifying the county’s food ordinance and liquor license …

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that because health indicators remain positive, most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, May 22.

The Benton County Emergency Operations Center is committed to get timely information to the public. Updates will be posted on the Benton County website, but the Emergency Management Hotline will not have the recorded information releases posted daily. You may still call for questions or concerns.

The Benton County Emergency Operations Center is committed to get timely information to the public. Updates will be posted on the Benton County website, but the Emergency Management Hotline will not have the recorded information releases posted daily. You may still call for questions or concerns.

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The Fountain & Warren County Health Department continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with the State of Indiana our priorities remain to Test, Trace, and Protect.

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BROOKSTON – Despite all challenges that the COVID-19 health emergency has caused — as well as a few man-made ones — Frontier Jr./Sr. High School’s Class of 2020 students will graduate its latest class of students at 1 p.m. May 23.

On March 18, 2020, United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce announced a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, United Way of …

LAFAYETTE – Children are not the focus of this pandemic, but they should be.

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NEW YORK - New York City is seeing fewer rodent complaints because of the coronavirus pandemic - and conducting about 80% less inspections despite warnings about ravenous rats. The decrease in inspections in the spring when rats typically reproduce could lead to a surge in their numbers later this year. "You could be opening the door for a larger rat population in the summer and fall," said ...

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LOS ANGELES - A major shift was already underway in April as coronavirus deaths were rising across Los Angeles County and officials were trying desperately to prevent a surge in cases. In mid-April, while officials urged people to stay home, limit shopping trips and wear masks, infection rates in poor communities for the first time overtook wealthy ones, a Los Angeles Times analysis of county ...

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SAN DIEGO - Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common? They've all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers. This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due ...

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MIAMI - The Department of Homeland Security is only testing a sample of the detainees it is removing from the United States and using a 15-minute rapid test to determine if they have the coronavirus. The response by DHS to a Miami Herald inquiry comes as immigration advocates continue to call for an end to deportations amid surging COVID-19 infections in Latin America and the Caribbean and as ...

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DALLAS - Amazon will offer a majority of the workers it's hired in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic full-time positions in customer fulfillment and last mile delivery roles, the company announced Thursday. More than 8,800 out of 14,400 new Amazon workers in Texas will be offered full-time positions beginning in June. A spokesperson for the company declined to provide the specific number ...

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As most of the nation's media organizations on Wednesday somberly reflected on a grim coronavirus death toll milestone, Fox News largely downplayed the story during its prime-time programs, and on the network's website. "If historians were to go back and watch Fox News on the night the country passed 100,000 deaths, they'd be forgiven if they didn't know it happened," CNN Business reporter ...

All of the roughly 200 employees on a produce farm in Tennessee tested positive for COVID-19 this month. In New Jersey, more than 50 workers had the virus at a farm in Gloucester County, adding to nearly 60 who fell ill in neighboring Salem County. Almost 170 were reported to get the disease at a tomato and strawberry greenhouse complex in Oneida, New York. The outbreaks underscore the latest ...

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SEATTLE - Half of new coronavirus infections in Washington are now occurring in people under the age of 40, a marked shift from earlier in the epidemic when more than two-thirds of those testing positive were in older age groups. A new analysis finds that by early May, 39% of confirmed cases statewide were among people age 20 to 39, while those 19 and younger accounted for 11%. The trend is ...

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Sonoma County was one of the first regions in California to begin reopening after months of restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus. Public health officials loosened constraints on construction, car sales and landscaping services in early May. A week later, they began allowing retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Last week, outdoor dining, summer ...

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NEW YORK - Businesses in New York can now tell customers: no mask, no service. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an order Thursday allowing shops and stores in the state to deny service to customers who refuse to wear masks once they reopen. The governor added a little star power to his daily coronavirus briefing in Brooklyn as comedian Chris Rock and actress Rosie Perez joined Cuomo in calling on ...

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WASHINGTON - As states begin to ease quarantine restrictions, epidemiologists caution that success in conquering the next wave of the pandemic largely will depend on taking extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable - the elderly and people of color. African Americans are at much higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the rest of the population, and they are much more likely than white ...

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WASHINGTON — El presidente Donald Trump y sus principales asesores quieren que los mercados mundiales y el público estadounidense crean que el coronavirus representa un riesgo mínimo para Estados Unidos. Pero los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades de EU (CDC, por su sigla en inglés) afirma justo lo contrario, advirtiendo el martes que la propagación del virus en Estados ...

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As states nationwide begin the process of reopening, Americans continue to battle over the methods governors and local authorities have used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, many states and localities have set up arbitrary and, in many cases, absurd rules that do little more than aggravate citizens and almost nothing to stop the spread of the virus. For instance, some ...

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America has been fertile ground for conspiracy theories since long before radio, television and Twitter came along to spread them fast and furiously. Political parties alleging subversion by Roman Catholics and the Masons flourished briefly in the 1800s. A century later, people fell for Sen. Joseph McCarthy's false but fervid claims of Communist infiltration throughout the government. And ...

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By studying sewage at a New Haven wastewater treatment facility, a team of Yale researchers has determined that genetic code embedded in feces could be used as an early warning sign of COVID-19 outbreaks. The team, led by Jordan Peccia of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, tested daily samples of sludge for bits of coronavirus code, known as RNA. They then found that they ...

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MIAMI - U.S. immigration officials admitted during a federal court hearing Wednesday that they are not conducting COVID-19 testing on every detainee who gets transferred from one detention center to another, saying they don't have enough tests to do so. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is only testing people who have symptoms - a protocol that has led the agency to transfer ...

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SAN FRANCISCO - The role of "silent spreaders" in transmitting the coronavirus is becoming an even greater issue for health officials as they ease stay-at-home rules and slowly reopen the economy. Health officials have stressed the importance of creating an army of disease detectives - investigators who can interview newly infected people and find their close contacts, telling them to ...

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WASHINGTON - The nation's coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 in less than four months on Wednesday, a heart-rending inflection point in a pandemic that has profoundly altered Americans' daily lives, ravaged the U.S. economy and put the country's bare-knuckle political disunity on display for all the world to see. The first U.S. death was reported Feb. 29, a patient in the Seattle area, ...

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The United States blew past another tragic mark in the fight against coronavirus on Wednesday surpassing 100,000 deaths nationwide. The devastating toll, reported by Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center, is much higher than any other country in the world and vastly exceeds the number of Americans killed in every conflict since the Korean War. The deadly virus originated in ...

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North Carolina is the top state where people are searching for loans as the coronavirus shakes up the U.S. economy, a new report finds. The state ranks No. 1 on a list of places "Where People Need Loans the Most Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic," according to the personal finance website WalletHub. To come up with its findings, WalletHub says it used credit report and Google data from all 50 ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The claim was at least unique. A Minnesota chiropractic practice said it had a way to help patients fight off COVID-19 infection. No long after he heard about it, state Attorney General Keith Ellison sent a letter ordering the spine adjusting business to stop advertising the coronavirus treatment or face court action. Then, he moved on to the next get-rich-quick scam. Suspect ...

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LOS ANGELES - At Eaton Canyon, a popular Pasadena hiking area, so many people crowded the trail Saturday morning - many without masks and jammed close together - that rangers shut it down for the rest of the month. On the Venice boardwalk, social distancing was in short supply as thousands converged on the beach-side mecca for Memorial Day weekend. Photos of the crowds made national headlines ...

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In mid-April, I received a message from the nursing home in Connecticut where my mother lives. When I called back, a doctor told me, "your mother has a fever." Those were words I'd been dreading and expecting. "We assume it's COVID," the doctor said. My 80-year-old mother was comfortable for the time being. Her fever wasn't very high and she was breathing okay. But the doctor said not to take ...

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One of the biggest mysteries of the new coronavirus is its relative harmlessness in most children who get infected. At least part of the explanation may be in the cells lining their noses, according to a new study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The researchers started with archived samples of cells from the nasal lining, or epithelium, of people ...

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The travel world is often a collection of wild tales that are too outrageous to be true (passenger being dragged off a plane because he won't give up his seat, taking nude selfies in front of landmarks). And then there is travel in the time of coronavirus. Which of the following is fact and which is fiction? Answers below, along with what your score means. ___ 1. Fact or fiction? Most major ...