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Memorial Day draws crowds

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/26/20, 11:29 am

The holiday weekend lured many Americans to crowded recreational areas despite coronavirus-related guidelines for social distancing. In Missouri, people packed together—often without masks—at bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks. A video on social media showed people crammed into a pool at the popular vacation spot. Authorities in the Tampa, Fla., area closed full parking lots to keep large crowds from growing even larger on Gulf Coast beaches. Other Memorial Day celebrations, however, were more subdued or moved online.

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Oregon shutdown back on, for now

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/19/20, 11:35 am

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state’s coronavirus shutdown order will remain in place while all the justices take time to review the case. Earlier in the day, Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff threw out the statewide restrictions because Gov. Kate Brown did not seek the legislature’s approval to extend the orders beyond a 28-day limit. Leaders from 10 churches sued earlier this month, claiming the Democratic governor’s social distancing requirements were unconstitutional.

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Virus overwhelms New Mexico hospital

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/19/20, 10:24 am

The evening before New Mexico closed bars and restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, people in the city of Gallup turned out in droves. The town on the edge of the Navajo Nation became one of the state’s hot spots, with more than 20 COVID-19 patients transferred directly from a detox center to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care, the only acute care medical center for the general public within 110 miles of the city.

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