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In this Aug. 24, 2020, photo Jean Grady smiles as she poses at her home in Westford, Vt. Grady wears an insulin pump to help manage her diabetes. Before the pandemic, Medicare rules required her make regular two-hour, one-way trips to New Hampshire to meet with her doctor to discuss her treatment. Medicare rule changes during the pandemic now makes it possible for her to meet with her doctor remotely, saving her from hours on the road. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
August 30, 2020 - 10:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there's a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future. Consultations via tablets, laptops...
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Women prisoners attend an online course on writing at the Santiaguito prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The inmates at the prison west of Mexico City have managed to benefit from pandemic lockdowns because the lockdowns have spurred a wave of professionals with time on their hands willing to donate their time giving online classes to inmates. (AP Photo/Diego Delgaldo)
August 29, 2020 - 12:55 pm
ALMOLOYA DE JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Prison inmates in Mexico have suffered from coronavirus infections at a higher rate than the country as a whole, and pandemic lockdowns have reduced their already limited contact with the outside world. But one group of women inmates at a prison west of Mexico City...
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President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 28, 2020 - 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday allowed employers to suspend collection of some Social Security taxes, although business groups don't like the idea and it may create political headaches for Republicans. Democrats are already saying it would undermine retirement benefits. The...
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A boy plays in front of a store selling children's school stationery, backpacks, protective masks and hand sanitizers in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Poster in Spanish reads '2020, the return to school most wished for. We want to go back to school'. Despite a spike in coronavirus infections, authorities in Europe are determined to send children back to school. Schools in the Spanish capital are scheduled to open on Sept. 4. (AP Photo/Paul White)
August 27, 2020 - 7:05 am
MADRID — Masks will be mandatory for all students in Spain age 6 or older when returning to schools in September because of increased coronavirus cases, the government announced Thursday. The measure will be adopted by the country’s 17 regions, which manage education autonomously. It’s part of a...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, residents at the Southern Pines nursing home are separated and wear face coverings during their daily bingo game in Warner Robins, Ga. A new report says COVID-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes jumped nearly 80% earlier this summer, driven by rampant spread across the South and much of the West. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
August 25, 2020 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening fines and funding cut-offs, the Trump administration on Tuesday issued new COVID-19 requirements for nursing homes and hospitals, prompting immediate pushback from beleaguered industries. To check the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare...
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Construction workers continue Friday, January 31, 2020, repairing and cleaning up the Hurricane Harvey damaged home of Houston resident Lawrence Hester. Hester said he was unable to get help from a city program created to fix homes damaged during Harvey and had to endure hazardous living conditions for more than two years. He turned to a local nonprofit to fix his home. The city program has finished rebuilding less than 70 homes since beginning in January 2019. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)
August 23, 2020 - 9:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Some Houston residents say they endured difficult, often hazardous living conditions while waiting months, even years for help from the city to fix flood-damaged homes after Hurricane Harvey. Sleeping in a closet because it was the only space that didn’t reek of mold. Dealing with...
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Nurse practitioner Sadie Paez uses a stethoscope to listen to the chest of William Merry, who is recovering from pneumonia at his home, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Ipswich, Mass. As hospitals care for people with COVID-19 and try to keep others from catching the virus, more patients are opting to be treated where they feel safest: at home. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 20, 2020 - 8:47 am
As hospitals care for people with COVID-19 and try to keep others from catching the virus, more patients are opting to be treated where they feel safest: at home. Across the U.S., “hospital at home” programs are taking off amid the pandemic, thanks to communications technology, portable medical...
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Maryama Diaw, a contact tracer with New York City's Health + Hospitals battling the coronavirus pandemic, works at her home before reaching out to potential patients Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in New York. The city has hired more than 3,000 tracers and the city says it's now meeting its goal of reaching about 90% of all newly diagnosed people and completing interviews with 75%. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 17, 2020 - 3:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph Ortiz headed for the home of a stranger who tested positive for COVID-19, unsure how his unexpected visit would go. The person hadn't answered phone calls from New York City's contact tracing program, a massive effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading by getting newly...
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Iowa Department of Transportation workers help with tree debris removal as grain bins from the Archer Daniels Midland facility are seen severely damaged in Keystone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. A storm slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)
August 12, 2020 - 9:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known as a derecho, slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100...
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FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper will discuss the pandemic, education and his re-election bid in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)
August 11, 2020 - 5:51 pm
MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a near-record 926 newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the country’s accumulated total to 53,929. The Health Department reported 6,686 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases so far to 492,522. At that rate Mexico will...
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