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ALABAMA Tuscaloosa: Thou­sands of ex­cited foot­ball fans par­tied in streets around the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama af­ter the Crim­son Tide de­feated Ohio State for the na­tional cham­pi­onship, ig­nor­ing pleas for com­mon sense and safety at the height of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, with many crowd­ing to­gether and not wear­ing masks.

ALASKA An­chor­age: Data from the Alaska De­part­ment of Correction­s shows more than 40% of the peo­ple in­car­cer­ated in the state have been in­fected with the coro­n­avirus.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix: Schools that have lost stu­dents dur­ing the pan­demic would see their fund­ing cut un­der a pro­posal Gov. Doug Ducey out­lined Mon­day in his an­nual state-of-thes­tate ad­dress, which hard­ened his long-stand­ing re­sis­tance to school and busi­ness clo­sures.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock: Hospi­tal­iza­tions for COVID-19 pa­tients set a sec­ond record high in three days Mon­day, the state De­part­ment of Health re­ported.

COLORADO Love­land: The virus isn’t stop­ping troops of loyal vol­un­teers from keep­ing one of the city’s sweet­est tra­di­tions go­ing. Start­ing Feb. 1, a pared-down group will be­gin stamp­ing the thou­sands of valentines that come through Love­land from across the world as part of the Sweet­heart City’s valen­tine re-mail­ing pro­gram. Those who are healthy with no pre­ex­ist­ing health con­di­tions can par­tic­i­pate if they wear

a mask and so­cially dis­tance, of­fi­cials said. CON­NECTI­CUT Hartford: Res­i­dents 75 and older will be able to be­gin sign­ing up for COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion ap­point­ments next week, a process Gov. Ned La­mont promised Mon­day will be more or­derly than in states where se­nior cit­i­zens have waited out­doors in long lines. The Demo­crat said vac­cines will be ad­min­is­tered by ap­point­ment only, with sign-ups avail­able on­line or by tele­phone.

DELAWARE Dover: The Leg­is­la­ture is con­sid­er­ing ex­empt­ing unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits that were paid in 2020 from state in­come taxes, through a bill law­mak­ers in­tro­duced Mon­day with the sup­port of Gov. John Car­ney.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington: Howard Uni­ver­sity has an­nounced its par­tic­i­pa­tion as a clin­i­cal trial site to eval­u­ate the safety and ef­fec­tive­ness of No­vavax’s new COVID-19 vac­cine, WUSA-TV re­ports. FLORIDA Tal­la­has­see: Law­mak­ers re­turned to the Capi­tol on Mon­day amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Mem­bers of the pub­lic and lob­by­ists not di­rectly in­volved in a Se­nate En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee hear­ing had to mon­i­tor pro­ceed­ings blocks away from an arena at Florida State Uni­ver­sity.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta: The Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity leader of the state Se­nate an­nounced Tues­day that he tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus dur­ing manda­tory test­ing at the Capi­tol. Sen. Mike Du­gan said he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “mi­nor” symp­toms and would iso­late at home.

HAWAII Honolulu: Busi­nesses are an­tic­i­pat­ing a pos­si­ble tripling of unem­ploy­ment taxes that could slow the re­cov­ery of the econ­omy that has been crip­pled by the pan­demic.

IDAHO Boise: The Leg­is­la­ture says a judge shouldn’t force its lead­ers to make ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tions for law­mak­ers dur­ing the pan­demic. Two Demo­crat­ics sued the Leg­is­la­ture and House Speaker Scott Bedke last week, say­ing the State­house is un­safe for them and others with chronic health con­di­tions be­cause coro­n­avirus pre­cau­tions are be­ing ig­nored.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago: The state’s top doc­tor re­ceived a COVID-19 vac­cine Tues­day af­ter de­liv­er­ing an emo­tional ad­dress about the dif­fi­cul­ties of the pan­demic for health care work­ers and her own fam­ily. De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health Direc­tor Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she was get­ting vac­ci­nated for her chil­dren and her hus­band, who has been di­ag­nosed with a med­i­cal con­di­tion that puts him at a higher risk.

IN­DI­ANA In­di­anapo­lis: The city will tap nearly $13 mil­lion from its gen­eral fund to pro­vide rental as­sis­tance, hous­ing for the home­less and other pan­demic re­lief ef­forts.

IOWA Des Moines: A sec­ond, larger round of fed­eral dol­lars meant to ease the pan­demic’s toll on pub­lic schools de­liv­ered $345 mil­lion to the state this week.

KANSAS Topeka: Leg­is­la­tors are re­view­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of COVID-19 vac­cines, though U.S. gov­ern­ment data showed Mon­day that the state’s in­oc­u­la­tion rate no longer lagged most other states.

KEN­TUCKY Frank­fort: Graf­fiti pro­claim­ing COVID-19 to be a fraud was spray-painted on the home mail­box of the state’s top pub­lic health of­fi­cial in an ac­tion Gov. Andy Bes­hear de­nounced as try­ing to “cre­ate fear.”

LOUISIANA Ba­ton Rouge: The state on Mon­day boosted dis­tri­bu­tion of COVID-19 vac­cines to the el­derly, in­creas­ing the num­ber of doses avail­able to peo­ple 70 and older and ex­pand­ing the lo­ca­tions where they can get the shots to in­clude ev­ery par­ish of the state.

MAINE Port­land: Food pantries are see­ing a surge of de­mand as coro­n­avirus cases and unem­ploy­ment claims rise. More than 60% of food pantries across Maine saw in­creases in clients in Novem­ber, the Good Shep­herd Food Bank said.

MARY­LAND An­napo­lis: The state has con­firmed its first two cases of a more con­ta­gious coro­n­avirus vari­ant first iden­ti­fied in the United King­dom. The Anne Arun­del County res­i­dents are in iso­la­tion, Gov. Larry Ho­gan an­nounced Tues­day.

MAS­SACHUSETTS Bos­ton: The state is pre­par­ing to open its first mass vac­ci­na­tion site at Gil­lette Sta­dium as it ramps up ef­forts to get shots into arms. The site will open Thurs­day by first ad­min­is­ter­ing vac­ci­na­tions into staff mem­bers, Gov. Char­lie Baker said Tues­day. Start­ing Mon­day, the site will be­gin giv­ing shots to first re­spon­ders.

MICHI­GAN De­troit: A 65-ve­hi­cle drive-in theater is com­ing to down­town De­troit this month as part of ef­forts to boost the city amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Pa­trons will be able to order food from some down­town restau­rants and have it de­liv­ered to their ve­hi­cles.

MIN­NESOTA Min­neapo­lis: The state launched a dash­board Tues­day to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion on the sta­tus of vac­ci­na­tion ef­forts. The dash­board in­cludes data on the num­bers of doses promised to the state by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, doses shipped to Min­nesota providers and doses ad­min­is­tered.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son: Res­i­dents who are 65 and older and those with pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions will now be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the COVID-19 vac­cine, Gov. Tate Reeves an­nounced Tues­day.

MIS­SOURI O’Fal­lon: The St. Louis Blues won’t be play­ing to an empty arena when they open their first home­s­tand next week. The NHL team said it will al­low a very small crowd made up of med­i­cal work­ers and pub­lic safety em­ploy­ees who have been on the front lines dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

MON­TANA He­lena: A state House com­mit­tee held a hear­ing Tues­day on a bill to limit the power of the gov­er­nor to ad­dress de­clared dis­as­ters last­ing longer than two months, in­stead shift­ing it to law­mak­ers for deal­ing with emer­gen­cies such as the COVID-19 pan­demic.

NE­BRASKA Lin­coln: More than 40% of the state’s 90,000 health care work­ers have re­ceived the first of two doses of COVID-19 vac­cine as dis­tri­bu­tion ramps up.

NE­VADA Car­son City: Roughly twothirds of the COVID-19 vac­cine doses the state has re­ceived re­main in vials. Only six states have ad­min­is­tered fewer doses per capita, data from the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion shows. Ne­vada Health Bu­reau Chief Candice McDaniel at­trib­uted the in­com­plete roll­out to a lack of ad­vance no­tice from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, which alerts of­fi­cials of how many doses are sched­uled to be de­liv­ered no more than a week in ad­vance.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Con­cord: Res­i­dents who are fully vac­ci­nated against COVID-19 or were pre­vi­ously in­fected with the coro­n­avirus no longer need to quar­an­tine af­ter be­ing ex­posed to an in­fected per­son or af­ter trav­el­ing, ac­cord­ing to new guid­ance from the state Divi­sion of Pub­lic Health Ser­vices.

NEW JER­SEY Tren­ton: The COVID19 vac­cine is giv­ing the Gar­den State a sense of prom­ise that peo­ple will be able to gather and cel­e­brate to­gether again, Gov. Phil Mur­phy said Tues­day in his State of the State ad­dress. So far, about 233,000 peo­ple have been vac­ci­nated, out of about 400,000 doses the state has re­ceived. Mur­phy wants nearly 5 mil­lion adults in­oc­u­lated by June. NEW

MEX­ICO Santa Fe: Demo­cratic Gov. Michelle Lu­jan Gr­isham is rec­om­mend­ing a 3.3% in­crease in gen­eral fund spend­ing in the next fis­cal year to de­vote more to ed­u­ca­tion, health and work­place safety pro­grams, as au­thor­i­ties grap­ple with the eco­nomic hard­ships and mount­ing death toll of the pan­demic.

NEW YORK New York: The state has again ex­panded el­i­gi­bil­ity for the COVID-19 vac­cine to al­low any­one over age 65 to get it, Gov. An­drew Cuomo an­nounced Tues­day. NORTH

CAROLINA Greens­boro: Ap­palachian State Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina-Char­lotte have de­layed the start of in-per­son classes as coro­n­avirus cases surge across the state.

NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Sup­port­ers of amend­ing the state’s con­sti­tu­tion to le­gal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana are tak­ing an­other run at the is­sue, af­ter fail­ing to col­lect enough sig­na­tures to get it on the 2020 bal­lot. Or­ga­niz­ers said they were ham­pered by the pan­demic.

OHIO Colum­bus: Gov. Mike DeWine ve­toed a bill that would have lifted his health de­part­ment’s order lim­it­ing county fairs, al­low­ing rides, games and grand­stand events. DeWine said he would con­sult with health of­fi­cials at the state and lo­cal level be­fore the 2021 fair sea­son.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City: The state health de­part­ment has be­gun mak­ing COVID-19 vac­cines avail­able to the Leg­is­la­ture. Law­mak­ers re­turned to the Capi­tol last week to pre­pare for the ses­sion that be­gins Feb. 1. Many did not wear masks, de­spite a rule man­dat­ing them for vis­i­tors in­side the build­ing.

ORE­GON Salem: Court­house Club Fit­ness, a gym that made head­lines for vi­o­lat­ing COVID-19 re­stric­tions and re­main­ing open in de­fi­ance of pub­lic health or­ders, was fined an ad­di­tional $126,749, Ore­gon Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said Tues­day. The fine is the largest penalty is­sued to an em­ployer by Ore­gon OSHA for a vi­o­la­tion re­lated to COVID-19.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Har­ris­burg: The state will speed up vac­cines for se­niors ages 65 and older at the urg­ing of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, state health direc­tor Rachel Levine said Tues­day.

RHODE IS­LAND Prov­i­dence: The num­ber of peo­ple who have died of COVID-19 is ap­proach­ing 2,000, ac­cord­ing to state De­part­ment of Health sta­tis­tics re­leased Tues­day.

SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: The Gen­eral As­sem­bly opened its 2021 ses­sion Tues­day promis­ing not to let COVID-19 stop its work and with the largest Repub­li­can Se­nate ma­jor­ity in mod­ern times chang­ing rules that could limit lengthy de­bates. Some – but not all – law­mak­ers wore masks, and el­bow taps and fist bumps re­placed hugs and hand­shakes.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: For the sec­ond straight day, no new deaths were re­ported from COVID-19, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased Tues­day by the state De­part­ment of Health.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis: A group of doc­tors that has been push­ing Gov. Bill Lee for a statewide mask man­date turned its at­ten­tion to the Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day, the first day of the 2021 ses­sion. “This is a global pan­demic, so it can­not be fought by in­di­vid­u­als,” said Dr. Diana Sepehri-Har­vey, a Franklin pri­mary care physi­cian. “We are ask­ing our state rep­re­sen­ta­tives to do the job Gov. Lee has not.” De­spite the sever­ity of the coro­n­avirus out­break in Ten­nessee, where more than 7,800 peo­ple have died, it seemed un­likely law­mak­ers would act on the call for a mask man­date. In the GOP-dom­i­nant Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Tues­day, few law­mak­ers were wear­ing masks them­selves.

TEXAS Austin: A field hospi­tal in the city’s con­ven­tion cen­ter opened Tues­day as COVID-19 cases con­tinue to soar. For now the fa­cil­ity has 25 beds and can ex­pand if needed.

UTAH Salt Lake City: A state pri­son in­mate has sued the Utah De­part­ment of Correction­s to stop the move­ment of in­mates among build­ings, an al­leged lack of mask and glove use by pri­son of­fi­cials, and other mea­sures that he claims spread the coro­n­avirus, which he con­tracted.

VER­MONT Mont­pe­lier: The state has seen more new coro­n­avirus cases in just the past five days than it did from May through Septem­ber, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

VIR­GINIA Staunton: A COVID-19 out­break at En­voy of Staunton is alarm­ing of­fi­cials. The 170-bed cer­ti­fied skilled nurs­ing fa­cil­ity has 167 ac­tive coro­n­avirus cases and has re­ported 14 deaths, ac­cord­ing to the Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Health.

WASHINGTON Seat­tle: A res­pi­ra­tory ther­a­pist at the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter has been sen­tenced to three months in pri­son af­ter plead­ing guilty to steal­ing a ven­ti­la­tor and other med­i­cal equip­ment dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic and sell­ing it for per­sonal gain.

WEST VIR­GINIA Madi­son: A county health de­part­ment has been barred from dis­tribut­ing the COVID-19 vac­cine un­til state of­fi­cials con­duct a “clin­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing visit,” of­fi­cials said. The Boone County Health De­part­ment hasn’t re­ceived any vac­cine since Dec. 30, when it mis­tak­enly gave 44 peo­ple an an­ti­body treat­ment in­stead of the vac­cine, news out­lets re­port.

WIS­CON­SIN Madi­son: The state Se­nate over­whelm­ingly passed a scaled­down COVID-19 re­lief pack­age Tues­day, draw­ing a pledge from Gov. Tony Evers that he would sign the mea­sure if it can clear the As­sem­bly. Se­nate Repub­li­cans re­moved a host of con­tentious pro­vi­sions As­sem­bly Repub­li­cans had tucked into the pack­age. WY­OMING Casper: Most rivers in the state

will be at be­low-av­er­age lev­els this spring, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Mon­day by the U.S. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

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