Coronavirus

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that if Americans continue to practice social distancing for the rest of April, "we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy."

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

  A box has impacted a local community in a good way

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

  City of Altus implements face mask rules, changes stance on Greer Co. travel

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  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

UPDATE: City of Lawton changes course, says new rules will go into effect on April 15

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

  Thousands file for unemployment in Oklahoma

Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

The company that owns Logan's had already declared bankruptcy before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.

  Wisconsin voters wait hours at the few open polling stations

Democrats in and out of Wisconsin screamed for the low-profile contest to be postponed, yet Republicans — and the conservative-majority state Supreme Court — would not give in.

West Texas family celebrates 104th birthday through window at nursing home

  Wall Street’s rally fizzles as oil prices suddenly plunge

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

  Fourth grader’s Zoom class conference interrupted by pornographic video, Fla. mom says

  Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo match for senior citizens

STATE UPDATE: SWOK shows few gains, Greer County continuing to grow

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

  When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first head of government to be stricken by the coronavirus, has pushed this matter to the fore.

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown.

  VIDEO: Dancing WWII vet rocks his quarantine jam

Chuck jams on his front porch to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

  Little Caesars donating 1 million pizzas to first responders, hospitals

Restaurant chain Little Caesars has announced it will donate 1 million pizzas to first responders and medical workers in the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Pregnancy not linked to severe forms of coronavirus, study says

The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  Social media platforms try to limit spread of false 5G coronavirus claims

YouTube and other social media platforms are trying to limit the spread of false 5G coronavirus claims after cellphone towers in the United Kingdom were attacked.

  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand leader says

New Zealand has decided there is some magic in the world after officially declaring children’s favorites the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers.

  Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’

As leaders try to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak, they are turning to numerous mathematical models to help them figure out what might — key word, might — happen next and what they should try to do now to contain and prepare for the spread.

  Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

  Mich. woman recreates cruise at home after it was canceled due to coronavirus

On Facebook, the woman posted pictures of herself “enjoying the water” and drinking tropical drinks – made from apples instead of coconuts.

  Businesses feeling the impacts of Shelter in Place Order

This Shelter in Place order is set to remain in place until at least April 30th.

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

The company said Monday that the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States.

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

The loan comes after California's hospitals added more than 3,000 ventilators to their supplies through refurbishing old or broken ones and buying some new.

  Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

In a public address to the ship’s crew Monday morning, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was either stupid or naïve, or betrayed the Navy, according to a transcript provided by Navy officials.

  Stimulus Package helping small businesses

We are days away from stimulus checks expected to be distributed by the IRS and it’s all being done in an effort to ease the financial burden caused by the pandemic.

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

The two people familiar with the call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

  WATCH: No birthday party, no problem: Police lead drive-by parade for 5-year-old

The family contacted police to see if an officer would be willing to participate. When it was time for the party, four officers showed up to lead the parade.

Los Angeles has the lowest pollution in the world

The most likely explanation is with so many people sheltering in place, fewer cars are on the road.

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

Fort Sill, U.S. Army delaying movement of new soldiers into Basic Combat Training

The U.S. Army delaying the movement of men and women planning to enter Basic Combat Training starting Monday.

  Virus is mostly mild and rarely fatal for US kids, data show

The first national data on COVID-19 in U.S. children suggest that while the illness usually isn’t severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment.

  Kroger to limit number of customers inside stores to help reduce spread of coronavirus

Kroger is the latest grocery chain to reduce the maximum number of customers allowed in its supermarkets.

  Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

The multi-hour TV special, which will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms.

  Wall Street leaps 7%, markets rally worldwide on virus hopes

Stocks around the world jumped Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.

STATE UPDATE: Number of deaths in Greer County jump to 3, Jefferson Co. joins list

Three deaths now confirmed in Greer County connected to COVID-19.

  Mass. man accused of spitting, coughing in grocery store during coronavirus outbreak

A wild scene erupted Saturday morning at a Massachusetts grocery store after shoppers claimed a man was spitting in the produce aisle.

Baby born prematurely dies after mother infected with COVID-19; test results for baby pending

The infant’s mother was admitted to a Baton Rouge hospital days before the baby's death.

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

It was a major piece of golf trying to reconfigure a schedule brought on by the spread of the new coronavirus.

Elton John launches $1 million coronavirus emergency fund to help people with HIV/AIDS

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is looking for solutions to help people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Marvel remakes release calendar; ‘Mulan’ moves to late July

Disney isn't abandoning the summer completely. “Mulan,” which had been scheduled for March and already had its red carpet premiere, will now open July 24.

  As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

  Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

Buying groceries online — which many Americans are doing to drastically reduce how often they leave their homes — is only open to SNAP recipients in six U.S. states, and Pennsylvania is not one of them.

  Walmart workers die from coronavirus in Ill.

Phillip Thomas had worked at the Walmart store for nine years, and Wando Evans had been an overnight maintenance worker since 2006.

  Man creates device to help illustrate social distancing

A Michigan man created a device to show how far people should stay away for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Daughter pleads for rescue of sick mom on cruise ship in Fla. after father dies of coronavirus

The couple’s daughter is desperate to get her mom off the ship. Her father died at a Miami hospital after waiting four hours to be transferred off the ship.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reveals coronavirus diagnosis, recovery

The bass player for iconic 1980s band Duran Duran described his illness as a “turbo-charged flu” and that he came out of it “feeling OK.”

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

  Family separated due to coronavirus reunited with newborn son after 10 days

The baby was kept in quarantine for 10 days while he was tested for COVID-19, with nurses snapping photos of him to keep up his parents' spirits.

  Oldest female Marine in Calif. celebrates 104th birthday with drive-by party due to coronavirus

Sexism didn’t stop her from joining the Marines in the 1940s, and coronavirus didn't stop her from celebrating her 104th birthday.

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's believed to be the first infection in an animal in the U.S. and the first known in a tiger anywhere.

  Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe.

  Trump tempers officials’ grave assessments with optimism

The U.S. surgeon general offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”

AP FACT CHECK: Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

President Donald Trump is pitching an unapproved medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe. “Take it,” he said of the drug.

  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus.

  U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

  States lack key data on virus cases among medical workers

Experts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information – the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease.

  Calif. dog daycare remains open for first responders’ pets

A San Francisco Bay Area business is staying open to care for essential workers’ dogs, even as the doggy daycare struggles to stay afloat.

Queen: History will remember your actions in coronavirus crisis

In a rare address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II plans to exhort Britons to rise to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, drawing on wisdom from her decades as Britain’s head of state to urge discipline and resolve in a time of crisis.

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.

  STATE UPDATE: Greer County becoming a hotspot of positive cases

Greer County is quickly becoming a hotspot in the state of Oklahoma with 25 confirmed cases.

  Biden says Democratic convention may need to be held virtually

Former Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic National Convention that has already been delayed until August may need to be held virtually.