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WASHINGTON — Officials offered new hope for the safety of U.S. schoolchildren threatened by COVID-19 on Friday as Gulf Coast hospitals already…


Lauren Debroeck, who is on oxygen as she recovers from COVID-19, talks to her husband, Michael, who also contracted COVID-19 and is being kept alive with the help of an oxygenation machine, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Shahir Sanchez, 5, grimaces as Dr. Neal Schwartz collects a nasal swab sample for COVID-19 testing at Families Together of Orange County Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Tustin, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, Ashley Layton, an LPN at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, communicates with a person before taking swab sample at a special outdoor drive-thru screening station for COVID-19 in Meridian, Idaho. Hospital facilities and public health agencies are scrambling to add capacity however they can as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide. On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, some Idaho hospitals only narrowly avoided enacting "crisis standards of care," where scarce healthcare resources are allotted to the patients most likely to benefit, thanks in part to statewide coordination. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)


Jordan Branstetter and his wife, Megan, took over Hickman’s IGA in Perry on Tuesday. Saturday they were closed because of damage from the powerful storm that rolled through the town Friday night.

A stop sign on East Main Street in Perry, Mo., was blown nearly flat during Friday night's storm.

Richard Bowling from D&D Tree Trimming cleans up trees blocking the driveway of William Heim after Friday night's storms.

Homeowner Nathan Martin’s daughter was not home when her window was shattered by Friday night’s storm as it blew through Perry, Mo.

Friday night’s storms brought a Tree down at the home of Nathan Martin at 805 East Main in Perry. The National Weather Service in St. Louis is…