Shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic have gone into effect in different areas of the U.S. While the hope is everyone voluntarily complies with these types of orders, having a formal executive order allows some ability for governments to regulate movements…

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in the intensive care unit of a London hospital with the new coronavirus, but is not on a ventilator, a senior government minister said Tuesday, as pressure grew on the government to release more details of Johnson’s condition.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Mohammed al-Dulfi’s 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq.

In this file photo, veterans from Lake Placid American Legion Post 25 and Sebring VFW Post 4300, as well as the VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard hold the 1,800-square-foot flag Monday as it is raised up the 110-foot flag pole.

From left: Kelly Burdick, Post 4300 Auxiliary president; Post Commander Dale Barnes; Rebecca Crews (2019 Paramedic of the Year); Post Senior Vice Commander Robert Sisson; and Judy Love, Post awards program coordinator.

As the people of Highlands County adjust to the first week of the Governor’s “Safer at Home” order, many are tackling home projects or finding time to check out new TV shows, while also trying to stay connected and safe. Parents, teachers and students are living in a new world, with the diff…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are jolting ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump indicated that Americans will need more aid during the stark pandemic and economic shutdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ceri Weber had just begun to defend her dissertation when the chaos began: Echoes and voices interrupted her. Someone parroted her words. Then Britney Spears music came on, and someone told Weber to shut up. Someone threatened to rape her.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, health officials said Tuesday. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care with the virus.

VENICE — More than 1,800 children have a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. However, during these uncertain times, their routines of walking on the beach, playing at the park, watching a movie or just hanging out have changed.

While everyone is on stay-at-home orders, the Highlands News-Sun is starting a fun, new photo contest. Each week we will announce a new theme of photographs we are seeking to run in the newspaper. Each category will be sponsored by a different company and run in a full page on Saturday, whic…

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sheriff Paul Blackman and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will not allow any large public gatherings until the threat has significantly diminished in order to protect the safety and welfare of county residents.

As the novel coronavirus, more commonly referred to as COVID-19, continues to spread across the nation and the state, more events have been canceled. Some events have been postponed and others have been canceled. Some meetings or events are just being changed in the way they are presented.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Lisa Neuburger was caring for a patient with the coronavirus when the person’s ventilator tube became detached. As she worked to help the patient, she knew fluid from the person’s lungs could be spraying into the air, possibly exposing her to the virus, despite the protecti…

CHICAGO — Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that shows how concerns about infection…

LONDON (AP) — The United States and Britain braced for one of their bleakest weeks in living memory on Monday as the social and financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic deepened. New infections in Italy, Spain and France showed signs of slowing, but hundreds of patients were still dying each day.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa, one of the world’s most unequal countries with a large population vulnerable to the new coronavirus, may have an advantage in the outbreak, honed during years battling HIV and tuberculosis: the know-how and infrastructure to conduct mass testing.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home.

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit.

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state’s savings as oil revenue dries up.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is confronting the most dangerous crisis a U.S. leader has faced this century as the coronavirus spreads and a once-vibrant economy falters. As the turmoil deepens, the choices he makes in the critical weeks ahead will shape his reelection prospects, …

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state’s heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving as workers lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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SEBRING — As students in Highlands County public schools begin their second week of distance learning, The School Board of Highlands County has a few reminders for parents and students:

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SEBRING — While there is still much that is unknown about COVID-19, officials can agree that it is up to everyone to use social distancing and use extra precautions to stay safe, including staying at home. Businesses are no exceptions to the rules. Providing a safe or as-safe-as-possible env…

Miami-Dade County has launched a multi-week surveillance project to measure the rate of coronavirus exposure in the community and better direct resources to respond to the pandemic, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Friday.

NEW YORK — Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit Italy.

Twenty corrections employees, who work in 12 prison facilities and three probation offices, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Florida Department of Corrections said Friday. That was an increase from a total of 16 cases confirmed Thursday by corrections officials.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in the shelter of St. Peter’s Basilica without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, while parish priests elsewhere in Rome took to church rooftops and bell towers to lead services so at least some faithful could follow the fa…

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The number of positive coronavirus cases in Highlands County continues to climb, reaching 34 in the Sunday morning release of numbers by the Florida Department of Health. Thirty-three of the positive cases in the county are from Highlands County residents, with one non-resident from New Jers…