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A sickle cell clinic in South L.A. is believed to be the first of its kind: It brings primary and specialty care providers under one roof to treat the disease.
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Models developed by mathematical epidemiologists project that tens thousands of lives across the US can be saved by more people wearing face masks.

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Alcohol makes people lose inhibitions. And maybe take off their masks, and get up close and personal. Here's why you may want to reconsider going out this weekend. Or how to stay safe if you do.

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Local data reveal a deeper picture of where the current hot spots are in the United States — and where new ones could surface.

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U.S. Surpasses Global Record For New COVID-19 Cases Recorded In A Day

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The U.S. reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday — reaching a daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic. The previous record was set last month by Brazil.

LA Sheriff To Fine $300 For Not Wearing A Mask In Public

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station said in a Facebook post that it would issue citations for not wearing a mask that come with a $250 fine and $50 in fees.

In Arizona, Nearly 1 In 4 Coronavirus Tests Now Comes Back Positive

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The percentage of positive tests in Arizona is more than three times the national average, and hospital capacity has become a concern.

Coronavirus FAQs: Is It Safe To Dine Indoors — Or Outdoors?

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We look at the risks to consider (and precautions to take) before a restaurant meal. Also: How risky is it to fly on fully booked flights?

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Johns Hopkins University's tracking site shows almost 2.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday. Total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are more than double those of Brazil, which ranks second.

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Environmental dangers, including wildfires and groundwater poisoning, ended the Rushmore pyrotechnics a decade ago. Now they're back, defying a pandemic and protests.

Oklahoma Votes For Medicaid Expansion Over Objections Of Republican State Leaders

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A narrow majority approved the ballot measure, making Oklahoma the 37th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 200,000 uninsured adults will now qualify for coverage.

New York City Mayor Delays Indoor Dining Indefinitely

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Bill de Blasio says that while the city had planned to allow indoor service soon, the rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the United States led it to take caution.

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As cases of coronavirus surge in many states, a new color-coding tool backed by a coalition of top scientists provides an apples-to-apples way of comparing outbreak severity, down to the county level.

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Pence Urges Americans To Wear Masks To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

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The vice president wore a mask during an appearance in Rockville, Md. Despite a surge in new cases, Pence insisted the country was "in a much better place than four months ago, even two months ago."

N.Y., N.J., and Connecticut Add Several States To List That Must Quarantine

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The list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

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A new NPR/Harvard analysis finds most states' testing efforts still fall far short of what's needed to beat back the pandemic. Find out how your state is doing.

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