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ALABAMA Mont­gomery: The city is strug­gling with main­te­nance at the his­toric Oak­wood Ceme­tery amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. State in­mates on work re­lease usu­ally do most of the main­te­nance. But work re­lease de­tails have been can­celed since March be­cause of COVID-19.

ALASKA An­chor­age: The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment has pro­jected a $17 mil­lion rev­enue short­fall for 2020 be­cause of the eco­nomic im­pact of the coro­n­avirus.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Elec­tions of­fi­cials should sus­pend plans to help vot­ers in nurs­ing homes and hos­pi­tals cast bal­lots through video calls, Gov. Doug Ducey said in a let­ter to Sec­re­tary of State Katie Hobbs. Ari­zona pro­vides spe­cial elec­tion boards to peo­ple in hos­pi­tals and long-term care fa­cil­i­ties, al­low­ing them to cast a vote in per­son with­out be­ing in a tra­di­tional polling place. But with long-term care fa­cil­i­ties hit hard by COVID-19, vis­i­tor re­stric­tions can make the job more dif­fi­cult for spe­cial elec­tion boards, so in some places they are ad­just­ing with tech­nol­ogy.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: A law­suit filed Tues­day asks a fed­eral judge to re­quire state elec­tion of­fi­cials to give ab­sen­tee vot­ers a chance to cor­rect their bal­lots be­fore they’re re­jected due to sig­na­ture is­sues. A spike in ab­sen­tee bal­lots is ex­pected in the state be­cause of the pan­demic.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Los An­ge­les: More of the state was cleared to re­open ad­di­tional busi­nesses Tues­day, in­clud­ing most of the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, with coro­n­avirus in­fec­tion rates at their low­est level of the pan­demic.

COLORADO Denver: Gov. Jared Po­lis an­nounced fur­loughs of state work­ers due to pan­demic-re­lated bud­get cuts and warned Tues­day about a third wave of coro­n­avirus out­breaks if the state’s up­ward trend con­tin­ues.

CON­NECTI­CUT Pre­ston: The state is pro­vid­ing a $7 mil­lion loan to the Mys­tic Aquar­ium, a non­profit that’s been hit hard fi­nan­cially af­ter be­ing forced to close for al­most four months be­cause of the pan­demic.

DELAWARE Dover: Delaware’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency is plan­ning to add eight to 10 pop-up test­ing sites each week that will re­spond to COVID-19 out­breaks.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton: Women’s Food Fest, run­ning from Wed­nes­day through Sept. 30, aims to help pro­mote women-owned small busi­nesses in D.C. that have been af­fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic, WUSA-TV re­ports.

FLORIDA West Palm Beach: The school district is scram­bling to find sub­sti­tute teach­ers af­ter a large num­ber of teach­ers chose to stay home as stu­dents re­turned to schools for the first time since March. The Palm Beach County district said 944 teach­ers did not show for work Mon­day when stu­dents who chose the in­school op­tion re­turned to class­rooms.

GE­OR­GIA Athens: COVID-19 in­fec­tions at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia de­clined for the sec­ond week in a row, with 163 pos­i­tive tests, the univer­sity re­ported Wed­nes­day. But UGA is also list­ing higher num­bers from ear­lier weeks than first re­ported.

HAWAII Honolulu: Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, the city will al­low so­cial gath­er­ings of up to five peo­ple, in­clud­ing at beaches and hik­ing trails. Re­tail busi­nesses will be al­lowed to open at 50% of ca­pac­ity.

IDAHO Po­catello: The chief med­i­cal of­fi­cers of two hos­pi­tals have warned state pub­lic health of­fi­cials that their fa­cil­i­ties are close to be­ing over­whelmed by pa­tients in­fected with the coro­n­avirus.

ILLI­NOIS Spring­field: The state Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health on Tues­day re­ported 1,531 new con­firmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 more con­firmed deaths, with Illi­nois’ sev­en­day pos­i­tiv­ity rate at 3.5%. The lat­est COVID-19 num­bers come as the city of Chicago placed Wis­con­sin on its 14-day quar­an­tine list.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: A statewide mask or­der will con­tinue for another three weeks un­der a new or­der the gov­er­nor an­nounced Wed­nes­day even as he has faced pub­lic dis­con­tent over coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions amid his re­elec­tion cam­paign. Repub­li­can Gov. Eric Hol­comb said he would be drop­ping most other lim­its on busi­nesses and crowd sizes as of Satur­day.

IOWA Des Moines: Health of­fi­cials are work­ing to de­ter­mine what is caus­ing a spike in coro­n­avirus cases in the north­west cor­ner of the state, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tues­day. Sioux County has a 14-day pos­i­tiv­ity rate of 30%. Lyon and Osce­ola coun­ties have rates above 20%.

KANSAS Topeka: Demo­cratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s of­fice blocked a leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee from ob­tain­ing a list of the state’s per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment sup­pli­ers, a Repub­li­can law­maker told col­leagues Tues­day.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: The state won swift fed­eral ap­proval for another in­fu­sion of ex­tra un­em­ploy­ment pay­ments for many peo­ple who lost work dur­ing the COVID-19 out­break, Gov. Andy Bes­hear said Tues­day, a day af­ter he an­nounced his ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quested the sup­ple­men­tal $400 in weekly ben­e­fits for another three weeks.

LOUISIANA Natchi­toches: North­west­ern State Univer­sity has set an en­roll­ment record this fall in spite of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

MAINE Madi­son: An em­ployee at a nurs­ing home where a coro­n­avirus out­break has killed seven res­i­dents worked while she had COVID-19 symp­toms, the Ban­gor Daily News re­ports. The cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tant at Maple­crest Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Liv­ing Cen­ter in Madi­son doc­u­mented her symp­toms in a log but ap­par­ently didn’t tell her su­per­vi­sors, who didn’t re­view the log.

MARY­LAND Bal­ti­more: State of­fi­cials say fa­tal drug over­doses and al­co­hol-re­lated deaths are ris­ing. Of­fi­cials from the Mary­land Depart­ment of Health and the Opi­oid Op­er­a­tional Com­mand Cen­ter said the pan­demic is ex­ac­er­bat­ing peo­ple’s ad­dic­tions as they’re quar­an­tined.

MICHI­GAN East Lans­ing: Health of­fi­cials are search­ing for an­swers af­ter coro­n­avirus cases linked to Michi­gan State Univer­sity stu­dents and staff rose to more than 1,200. “I’m kind of feel­ing like I’m run­ning out of tools in my tool­box. I’ll find some more,” said Linda Vail, the Ing­ham County health of­fi­cer.

MIN­NESOTA St. Cloud: Gov. Tim Walz praised staff at South Ju­nior High on Tues­day as part of his statewide safe learn­ing tour. “We asked you to do what had never been asked be­fore,” Walz said of the plan­ning that went into cre­at­ing learn­ing mod­els – in per­son, hy­brid or dis­tance – be­tween which dis­tricts will tran­si­tion based on COVID-19 case rates and out­breaks.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: The state Depart­ment of Health re­ported 552 new coro­n­avirus cases and 24 new re­lated deaths Wed­nes­day.

MIS­SOURI O’Fal­lon: St. Louis County is re­lax­ing some re­stric­tions on youth sports as coro­n­avirus pos­i­tiv­ity rates have de­creased among chil­dren in the re­gion, County Ex­ec­u­tive Sam Page said Wed­nes­day. The new reg­u­la­tions fall short of al­low­ing high-con­tact high school sports such as football and ice hockey to re­sume. But Page said if the trend con­tin­ues to im­prove, there may be a “path for­ward” to al­low play to be­gin later this fall.

MON­TANA He­lena: The state is see­ing a “re­mark­able in­crease” in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, Mon­tana’s med­i­cal of­fi­cer said Tues­day, as of­fi­cials urged res­i­dents to step up mea­sures to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus and sea­sonal in­fluenza.

NE­BRASKA Omaha: An out­break of the coro­n­avirus has oc­curred at a nurs­ing home in Blair, with more than two dozen res­i­dents and staff in­fected, health of­fi­cials said. The Three Rivers Pub­lic Health Depart­ment said 24 res­i­dents and eight staff mem­bers had re­cently tested pos­i­tive at Crow­ell Me­mo­rial Home.

NE­VADA Las Ve­gas: About 100 peo­ple gath­ered out­side the gov­er­nor’s pri­vate home in the city to protest a mask man­date in­tended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee No Mask Ne­vada planned the Mon­day demon­stra­tion af­ter Demo­cratic Gov. Steve Siso­lak im­ple­mented the or­der, the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal re­ports.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Con­cord: The state’s U.S. se­na­tors are join­ing sev­eral New Eng­land col­leagues in seek­ing $10 bil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing for bus, mo­tor­coach and pas­sen­ger ferry com­pa­nies strug­gling be­cause of the coro­n­avirus.

NEW JER­SEY Jer­sey City: Catholic, Jewish and Mus­lim day schools through­out the metro area say they’ve been in­un­dated with calls from fam­i­lies who have had it with re­mote learn­ing and are will­ing to pay hefty tu­itions. About one-third of all New Jer­sey dis­tricts have started school on an all-re­mote ba­sis.

NEW MEX­ICO Santa Fe: The state has de­pleted its un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits trust fund and be­gun to use fed­eral loans to keep up with claims – spend­ing that can trig­ger higher taxes if not re­paid, a top la­bor of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

NEW YORK Al­bany: Fam­ily mem­bers of in­car­cer­ated New York­ers and correction­s of­fi­cers are call­ing on law­mak­ers and the gov­er­nor to en­sure pris­ons and jails won’t again face a staffing short­age, bar­ri­ers to so­cial dis­tanc­ing and dan­ger­ous ra­tioning of pro­tec­tive gear ahead of the next COVID-19 surge or pan­demic. Test­ing of peo­ple with symp­toms at the state’s pris­ons and New York City jails re­vealed thou­sands of COVID-19 in­fec­tions among in­car­cer­ated in­di­vid­u­als and guards, who called on the state and New York City to act at a Tues­day leg­isla­tive hear­ing.

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: Col­lege and pro­fes­sional sports teams may soon be al­lowed to host a few thousand fans in out­door sta­di­ums, Demo­cratic Gov. Roy Cooper an­nounced Tues­day.

NORTH DAKOTA Bis­marck: The state Depart­ment of Health said Wed­nes­day that it’s ad­just­ing coro­n­avirus test­ing and con­tract trac­ing to ad­dress a re­cent uptick in cases among res­i­dents and staff at longterm care fa­cil­i­ties. Health of­fi­cials are pri­or­i­tiz­ing the test­ing of that pop­u­la­tion over all other test­ing, with ev­ery ef­fort to re­turn the re­sults of those tests within 24 hours.

OHIO Colum­bus: In­door vis­its with res­i­dents of nurs­ing homes will be al­lowed once again as cold weather ap­proaches, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tues­day.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: The num­ber of re­ported coro­n­avirus cases in the state rose by more than 1,000 for a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive day Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the Ok­la­homa State Depart­ment of Health.

ORE­GON On­tario: An in­car­cer­ated man at the Snake River Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion died Mon­day af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for COVID-19, of­fi­cials said.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg: Leg­is­la­tion to loosen Gov. Tom Wolf ’s pan­demic re­stric­tions on bars and restau­rants passed the state Se­nate on Tues­day. The GOP-con­trolled Se­nate voted 43-6 for a bill that would end the re­quire­ment that cus­tomers buy food in or­der to pur­chase al­co­hol and per­mit pa­trons to be served drinks at the bar. Wolf ’s press sec­re­tary said the Demo­crat will veto the bill if he gets it in its cur­rent form.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: The state has been added back to the list of states whose res­i­dents are re­quired to quar­an­tine for 14 days when trav­el­ing to New York, New Jer­sey and Con­necti­cut.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: Some teach­ers across the state took a per­sonal day Wed­nes­day to fight for safer class­rooms amid the pan­demic as well as an an­nual, small raise that was frozen af­ter the econ­omy crashed be­cause of the virus.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: The state on Wed­nes­day re­ported 445 new cases of COVID-19, the high­est num­ber in a sin­gle day since the pan­demic started. South Dakota’s sev­en­day av­er­age for COVID-19 test pos­i­tiv­ity re­mains among the high­est in the na­tion.

TEN­NESSEE Nashville: Gov. Bill Lee has an­nounced that farm and forestry busi­nesses are get­ting $55 mil­lion in aid funded by the fed­eral coro­n­avirus re­lief pack­age.

TEXAS Austin: The death toll from the coro­n­avirus in the state ap­proached 15,000 on Tues­day. Health of­fi­cials say there are more than 716,000 con­firmed cases in Texas so far. The death toll sits at 14,994.

UTAH Provo: Utah County has im­ple­mented a face mask man­date as COVID-19 cases surge in the state. The or­der came hours af­ter Gov. Gary Her­bert an­nounced he would in­crease pan­demic re­stric­tions in two Utah County cities, Provo and Orem.

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: Schools are poised to move to the next stage of re­open­ing Satur­day, in­clud­ing al­low­ing greater use of fa­cil­i­ties, more mix­ing of stu­dents and the start of in­ter­scholas­tic sports, the state’s top ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

VIR­GINIA Rich­mond: Ten in­mates at Deer­field Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter, a prison that holds many el­derly and oth­er­wise vul­ner­a­ble in­mates, have died from COVID-19, of­fi­cials said.

WASH­ING­TON Bre­mer­ton: Kit­sap County has re­ceived over $4.1 mil­lion in fed­eral and state fund­ing to help renters and home­own­ers af­fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic, the most money that’s been avail­able for such help in years. Now, lo­cal of­fi­cials are work­ing to make sure that money goes to those who need it, es­pe­cially among peo­ple of color, im­mi­grants and other com­mu­ni­ties that have been un­der­served by so­cial ser­vices.

WEST VIR­GINIA Charleston: The state’s for­mer pub­lic health di­rec­tor and the ma­jor­ity leader of the state Se­nate say they’ve tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: State health of­fi­cials are rec­om­mend­ing against trick-or-treat­ing as usual this Hal­loween amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

WY­OMING Cheyenne: News re­porters on ur­gent dead­lines will need to file a time-con­sum­ing pub­lic records re­quest in or­der for the Wy­oming Depart­ment of Correction­s to an­swer any ques­tions af­ter the agency lays off its pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, a state correction­s of­fi­cial said Tues­day. The pol­icy change set to take ef­fect Oct. 8 has raised ques­tions about how the depart­ment plans to quickly in­form the pub­lic about ur­gent safety mat­ters such as es­caped in­mates or the spread of COVID-19.

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