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COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

BOISE, Idaho — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 cases climb, wiping out months of progress

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, erasing months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements.

Ida deals new blow to Louisiana schools struggling to reopen

LULING, La. — Tara Williams’ three little boys run shirtless because most of their clothes were swept away, and they stack milk crates beneath a blazing sun because their toys are all gone, too. Their apartment is barely more than a door dangling from a frame, the roof obliterated, most everything in it lost.