National COVID-19 Updates

LOS ANGELES — As summer vacation draws to a close, health officials are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, with some warning that the start of the school year could bring an increase in cases. Infections and hospitalizations are declining after a prolonged summer wave, but that progress could be challenged as schools reopen. This will be the first time during the ...

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New York state health officials have issued a more urgent call for unvaccinated children and adults to get inoculated against polio, citing new evidence of possible “community spread” of the virus. Health officials said Thursday that the polio virus has now been found in seven different wastewater samples in two adjacent counties north of New York City. So far, only one person has tested positive for polio — an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County who suffered paralysis. But based on earlier polio outbreaks, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said there may be hundreds of other people who have been infected, but have no symptoms yet.

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Add New York's iconic Staten Island Ferry to the list of city institutions suffering the ripple effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The boats that carry millions of commuters and tourists annually between Staten Island and lower Manhattan have seen service disrupted due to staffing shortages. The problems came to a head on Wednesday evening, when most service was curtailed. City officials blamed earlier service reductions on COVID-19. The union that represents captains, engineers and other crew members says the real problem is workers haven't had a new contract for more than a decade.

LOS ANGELES — The summer coronavirus wave in Los Angeles County — fueled by super-contagious omicron subvariants — appears to be cresting as cases continue to fall, but the picture is far from good. COVID-19 deaths — the end result of weeks of substantial transmission — remain on the rise and aren’t likely to decrease for some time. Moreover, cases remain highly elevated. The latest data ...

LOS ANGELES — Emerging evidence suggests that catching the coronavirus a second time can heighten long-term health risks, a worrisome development as the circulation of increasingly contagious omicron subvariants leads to greater numbers of Californians being reinfected. Earlier in the pandemic, it was assumed that getting infected afforded some degree of lasting protection, for perhaps a few ...

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Across the U.S., COVID-19 relief money is helping to subsidize growing numbers of big-city schools with small numbers of students. When the money runs out in a few years, officials will face a difficult choice: Keep the schools open despite the financial strain, or close them, upsetting communities looking for stability for their children. An analysis by Chalkbeat and The Associated Press shows more than one in five New York City elementary schools had fewer than 300 students last school year. In Los Angeles, that figure was over one in four. In Chicago it has grown to nearly one in three.

Coronavirus booster shots covering BA.5 may be little more than a month off, but Dr. Anthony Fauci says his retirement is far more distant. Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, gave the positive diagnosis of the vaccine development — and his own professional longevity — this week as COVID hospital admissions climbed, driven by the new viral variant. BA.5, the ...

Los dueños de grandes empresas tomaron medidas agresivas para desalojar a los inquilinos incluso mientras estaba vigente la moratoria federal sobre desalojos, según una nueva investigación de un subcomité de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos. Sus métodos iban desde la presentación de casos de desalojo de inquilinos que solo llevaban un mes de retraso en el pago de renta hasta el ...

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County will hold off on reinstituting a universal indoor public mask mandate, prompted by improvements in the region’s coronavirus case and hospitalization rates. Aside from not implementing the order, which otherwise would have gone into effect Friday, the recent downward trends are fueling some optimism that the months-old COVID wave fueled by hyperinfectious ...

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New York is inching toward becoming the first U.S. city to charge motorists an extra fee for entering its most congested areas. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Wednesday a long-delayed environmental assessment should be released by federal regulators next month, to be followed by public hearings. The MTA also named the members of a board that will decide the plan's pricing, discounts and exemptions. The money from the tolls will fund the MTA's subway and bus improvements. Some lawmakers in New Jersey have said the plan is unfair because motorists already pay tolls at bridges and tunnels, and they have proposed legislation to blunt its impact.