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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to reinforce nursing staffs at long-term care facilities that have been struggling with severe personnel shortages amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri health department is giving nursing homes a legal pathway to temporarily shut down if they face staffing shortages because of a new mandate from President Joe Biden's administration for health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Advocates for people with disabilities gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest what they say is the eroding quality of home care services under Pennsylvania's new managed care system, problems being accelerated by the pandemic.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Faced with sharply rising coronavirus cases, the caretaker prime minister of the Netherlands said Tuesday that the Dutch government is reinstituting an order to wear face masks in public places like stores and libraries and mandating an extension for the use of COVID-19 passes.

Nursing home facilities are in charge of keeping our most vulnerable safe and yet the coronavirus has left them battered. How did it come to be that our most vulnerable were left so at risk to this deadly disease? Bill Hammond, Public Health Policy expert at the Empire Center who uncovered New York's nursing home scandal weighs in.

Julia Erdely turned 16 in the Auschwitz concentration camp. She was one of the few members of her family to survive the Holocaust. Later, in her home country of Romania, she became a nurse, a mother and lived for years under a communist regime before immigrating to the United States as a political refugee in 1982.

Last summer there was talk of replacing Joe Biden with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination. Now, his future is less bright as he's besieged with a crisis on two fronts, sexual harassment claims and a cover-up of COVID deaths in nursing homes. What does the future hold for the Democrats once brightest star?

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