vgajic/iStockBy ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Teachers and child care staff are now being offered vaccine appointments at some 9,000 pharmacy locations nationwide, even if their state hasn’t declared them eligible yet. The push to get every educator their first vaccine dose this month is part of President Joe Biden’s latest directive aimed at […]

onurdongel/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Hospitals around the country are facing shortages of hospital beds and intensive care unit space as the number of COVID-19 cases rise to record numbers, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services this week. More than 76% of ICU beds in hospitals with […]

WLS-TVBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (CHICAGO) — Staff working while COVID-19 positive, ineffective hand sanitizer and poor PPE practices were some of the concerns raised during the investigation of an outbreak at an Illinois veterans home that has killed 27 residents. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs said Tuesday it has ordered an independent investigation […]

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iStock/Tero VesalainenBy: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — After days of protests against the Rochester Police Department in light of the death of Daniel Prude, its top officer and his deputy announced Tuesday they are retiring from the force. Along with the police chief, the city’s entire command staff announced it will vacate their […]

smolaw11/iStockBy ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The United States’ attempt to return children to the classroom this fall has turned into a slow-motion train wreck, with at least 2,400 students and staff either infected with COVID-19 or self-isolating because of exposure, and the vast majority of large school districts opting to go online […]

eranicle/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News (MARION COUNTY, Fla.) — A Florida sheriff has banned his employees and anyone visiting his offices from wearing a mask during the pandemic — a move that is sure to cause controversy as studies have shown masks reduce the risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods […]

Wolterk/iStockBy CAMMERON PARRISH, ABC News (TEMPE, Ariz.) — Even as students have begun moving into housing at one of the biggest colleges in the United States, debate rages over if they should even be there in the first place. With the fall term scheduled to begin Aug. 20, Arizona State University is facing backlash from […]

beerkoff/iStockBY: WILLIAM MANSELL AND ELLA TORRES, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 721,000 people worldwide. More than 19.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems […]

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