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  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

  Trump’s Rushmore trip draws real and figurative fireworks

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

Married 71 years, Ohio couple die from COVID-19 one day apart

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

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  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

13 new COVID-19 related deaths, 453 new cases reported in Indiana

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

  Indiana to start new Stage 4.5 coronavirus phase

In-restaurant dining may continue operating at 75 percent capacity with social distancing and on July 1, K-12 school operations can start the 2020-21 academic year.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

  AARP Kentucky calls for changes to protect nursing homes

AARP Kentucky leaders claim nursing homes are in a crisis and people in Kentucky and Indiana are reaching out to them for help.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

UPS donates $481,000 for pandemic relief

  Experts fear spike in injuries since canceled fireworks shows are leading to increased sales

  Reminder: COVID-19 isn’t taking a day off on July 4

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

  Most Kentuckians spent stimulus checks on food

Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show 1.8 million out of 3.3 million stimulus recipients in Kentucky spent stimulus money on food.

Governor Beshear: 282 new COVID-19 cases in Ky., firm hired to address outstanding unemployment claims

Beshear said that outstanding unemployment claims would begin to be handled faster due to a new partnership with a globally renowned firm.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too.

  Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children, studies say

The studies show most children recovered after intensive-care treatment, but many had heart complications. The potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown.

  Family of Fla. deputy who died of COVID-19 denied line-of-duty insurance claim

While Florida statutes do classify certain health conditions as “accidental and caused by employment,” the AIG insurance company says that doesn’t technically include COVID-19.

Beshear: All Kentucky counties have reported at least one case of COVID-19

With Monday’s update from Governor Beshear’s office, it has now been reported that all of Kentucky’s 120 counties have had at least one positive case of COVID-19.

New Albany Floyd County schools to require all students to wear masks

Masks will be required while students are in common areas, and it will be left up to teachers to enforce how often the masks will be worn in classrooms.

  Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news for four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information that they trust about the coronavirus pandemic.

  States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence

The United States on Monday reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million.

  AP FACT CHECK: Actually, 20% of US lives in a virus hot spot

The White House has repeatedly cited the low county tally, and Pence reaffirmed the point in a televised interview Sunday.

  JCPS resumes practice for fall sports with safety precautions

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has given its blessing so team practices from football to basketball and soccer to cheer could begin again. JCPS chose today as the start date and coaches, players, and district officials talked about how they plan to do it safely.

  Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people with substance abuse disorders

For those who struggle with a substance abuse disorder, it’s made this time an even greater challenge.

  Another round of Kentucky reopenings met by eager, cautious community

As cases of the coronavirus around the country continue to increase, another round of reopenings took place in Kentucky on Monday.

REOPENING: Venues, Kentucky Kingdom, swimming and youth sports

Kentucky is moving forward with another phase Monday to get the state back to normal.

  Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000 amid fears worst to come

Experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback in the United States, including increasing deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive.

Gov. Beshear: 67 new COVID-19 cases in Ky. on Sunday, 4 new deaths

67 new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky were confirmed Sunday, along with four new deaths, including a 30-year-old female from Fayette County.

Indiana State Department of Health Sunday update: 362 new cases, 3 new deaths

Indiana has reported 362 new positive cases in the state Sunday morning, bringing the total number of positive cases to 44,930.

  Texas couple married for 53 years dies from coronavirus while holding hands

The couple's son says nurses made his parents’ last moments special by making sure the two were in the same room with their hands placed near each other.

  As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Texas and Florida have clamped down on bars in America's biggest retreat yet as the nation's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases hit an all-time high of 40,000.

Ellis Park confirms 7 individuals tested positive for COVID-19

Ellis Park has been operating its gaming facility under state-mandated capacity restrictions since June 8. The tracks’ backside operations opened on June 10.

Gov. Beshear: 316 new COVID-19 cases in Ky., 1 new death Saturday

The governor’s office confirmed 316 new cases in the state on Saturday, with total number of cases now reported as 15,617.

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

  What to wear: Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

The federal government has been sending a foggy message over the past few months about whether people should wear face masks during the pandemic.

  Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on what they should do.

Indiana State Department of Health Saturday update: 496 new cases, 21 new deaths

Indiana has reported 496 new positive cases in the state as of Saturday morning, bringing the total number of positive cases to 44,575.

  EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

Infection rates are high in Brazil, India and Russia, and it’s unlikely the EU will let their citizens in, either.

STUDY: COVID may lead to issues with brain, complicate pregnancies

A new study suggests severe cases of COVID-19 may lead to issues with the brain.

  Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

  Lyme disease, COVID-19 symptoms are so similar that outdoor lovers should beware of mistaking the two

Some Lyme disease symptoms are very similar to some COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes.

  American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.

Donations being accepted for La. baby in NICU, mother who died from COVID-19 complications

A GoFundMe online donation fund says a mother experienced complications after contracting COVID-19. She died Thursday, June 25, the fund says.

Concern rises in Kentucky as younger people infected by COVID-19

While older people are more likely to die from COVID-19, new numbers suggest they aren’t necessarily members of the population who are more likely to get infected.

  U.S. officials change virus risk groups, add pregnant women

The changes didn’t include adding race as a risk factor for serious illness, despite accumulating evidence that Black people, Hispanics and Native Americans have higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death.

  Texas, Florida target bars amid surge in confirmed virus cases

Texas shut down bars again on Friday and scaled back restaurant dining as coronavirus cases surge. Florida banned on-premises alcohol consumption at bars.

  Apple closing some stores in 5 states amid coronavirus surge

Apple is temporarily closing 32 stores in five states experiencing new spikes in coronavirus.

  Birthday party leaves 18 in Texas family with coronavirus

A surprise birthday party that resulted in 18 people testing positive for the coronavirus has left a North Texas man horrified as his father continues to fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit.

  Pollio: JCPS back-to-school guidance will come in July

Following the release of Gov. Beshear’s ‘Healthy at School’ guidance Wednesday, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky’s largest school district, announced its plan to implement that guidance would come in July.

  Norton doctor warns against travel to new COVID-19 ‘hotspots’

Kentucky health officials say at least two COVID-19 clusters have popped up in the Commonwealth involving at least nine people who recently traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Birthday party leaves 18 in Texas family with coronavirus

A surprise birthday party that resulted in 18 people testing positive for the coronavirus has left a North Texas man horrified as his father continues to fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit.

Plastic keeps virus, not love away from Spain nursing home

Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness, relief, love and devotion.

  Some states pause reopening as virus cases near record high

While greatly expanded testing probably accounts for some of the increase, experts say other measures indicate the virus is making a comeback.