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Pence praises 3M for mask-production efforts as MN braces for COVID-19
The vice president, heading up the federal response to the spread of COVID-19, visited the HQ of the Minnesota-based manufacturer as state health officials prepare for the coronavirus to hit here.
VP Pence aims to 'lean into' fight against coronavirus
Vice President Mike Pence pledged Thursday that federal officials would “lean into” the fight against the new coronavirus as he visited with a leading maker of masks being used to stem the spread of the virus. He asked Americans to refrain from buying masks unless they're sick.
Coronavirus: Cruise ship in limbo off California after former passenger died
At least 21 people are showing symptoms of COVID-19 after traveling on the same ship as a passenger who died from the respiratory disease this week. The ship is now returning from Hawaii.
Dogs, cats can't pass on coronavirus, but can test positive
Hong Kong’s agricultural department said it found no evidence that pets were a source of infection or could get sick themselves with the COVID-19 illness. It suggested, however, that pets from a household of an infected person be quarantined.
Face masks: Not enough are made in America to deal with coronavirus
A global shortage of face masks is prompting concern for the safety of health care workers. Now, the U.S. government is trying to bring back an industry that largely left the country years ago.
Pence cuts short Minnesota stop to head to Washington state
The vice president will skip an evening campaign event in St. Paul and head to Washington state, which has been dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus. Second lady Karen Pence still intends to speak at the political event in downtown St. Paul.
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Coronavirus: deaths reported in Calif. and Wash.; Los Angeles declares emergency
Two more people have died from COVID-19, raising the U.S. death toll to 11. The most recent death is connected to a cruise ship that traveled from the U.S. to Mexico.
MN officials: 2 in self-quarantine after overseas exposure to COVID-19
State health officials are monitoring two people under self-quarantine after they came in close contact with someone confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus while in Europe. Officials say they were checked on the plane and both tested negative.