Coronavirus

  Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

  Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

  Louisiana will move to Phase 3 beginning March 3; mask mandate to remain in effect

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

  CDC to release guidance for people vaccinated against COVID

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

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  SOURCE: Louisiana to move to ‘Phase 3′

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

Louisiana tops 1M vaccine doses administered as J&J shot enters the market

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

501 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  COVID-19 vaccine makers race to outpace variants of the virus

Public health experts say it is imperative to get vaccinated as new coronavirus variants emerge.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  Gov. Edwards provides update on state’s response to winter storms and coronavirus

Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference on Louisiana’s continued response to the coronavirus and recovery from last week’s devastating winter weather at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

Specialists say they’re treating more patients for eating disorders since pandemic began

Marian McGavran, now the state’s top-credentialed eating disorder expert, says the pandemic has made it easier for some people to succumb to their condition.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

LSU expects ‘vast majority’ of classes to be face-to-face in Fall 2021, assuming coronavirus vaccinations proceed as expected

LSU expects the majority of classes to be administered face-to-face and campus operations to go back to normal in Fall 2021, university Interim President Tom Galligan said in a letter to students and faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations -- and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week.

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

A new Axios-Ipsos poll indicates 69% of Americans are worried about the possibility of becoming ill.

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

  School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing and struggling airlines, restaurants and other businesses.

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Hopes for a return to normality rest largely on Britain’s fast-moving inoculation program that has given more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adult population, the first of two doses of vaccine.

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

Preliminary results from a study in Scotland found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced hospital admissions by up to 85% four weeks after the first dose, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot cut admissions by up to 94%.

  Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

The pandemic has only caused confusion for her husband of 26 years, who has Parkinson’s and dementia.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

The United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

  Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months

The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.

  ‘They want their babysitters back’: Entire California school board resigns after hot mic comments

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents’ letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

  La. among states in KFF report on disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations; Tulane public health expert weighs in

Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane's School of Public Health urges everyone to get vaccinated.

Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

Winter weather temporarily delays shipment of 6 million vaccine doses, White House says

The shipment of six million vaccine doses has been temporarily delayed.

  Walgreens to get 300,000 more vaccine doses each week

Starting next week, the pharmacy says it will receive more than 480,000 doses per week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  Police: 2 women dressed as older ladies to try to get second COVID-19 vaccine in Fla.

Officials at the site called police after the women’s birth dates on their ID cards did not match what they used to register.

  Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S.

  US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

Layoffs remain high with an economy still under pressure from the virus.

  US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calif. woman issued license with photo of her wearing face mask

Although the woman's license is technically valid, she will still be asked to return for a no fee duplicate photo without her mask.

  Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is worrisome because troops often live, work and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.

  Infectious disease expert on variants: “It’s starting to feel like we’re in a game of chess with this virus.”

The public is urged to get vaccinated before emerging variants of COVID-19 take hold in the U.S.

  Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

The U.S. is vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day against COVID-19, up from under 1 million a month ago.

US govt seizes roughly 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate Americans.

  EXPLAINER: How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity?

Nobody knows for sure what the herd immunity threshold is for the coronavirus, though many experts say it’s 70% or higher. And the emergence of variants is further complicating the picture.

Thursday, February 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Thursday, Feb. 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide.

  Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures

The trend owes itself both to a harsh reality — Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and tradition.

  Seattle woman, 90, walks 6 miles through snow for vaccine

A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from making her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

NY teacher dies from COVID-19 after ‘work from home’ request denied

The family can’t prove the teacher contracted COVID-19 during her work at the middle school, but they say she was extra diligent about practicing safety protocols wherever she went.

  Crippling storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly.

  Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

If the crowd control measures work, the scene will be in stark contrast to Mardi Gras crowds last year that were later blamed for an early Louisiana outbreak of COVID-19.

  Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage.

  Kroger to sell smartphone COVID antigen test

Kroger plans to sell a smartphone-enabled, at-home COVID-19 antigen test once it's approved by the FDA.

  Vaccine supply shortages complicate push to inoculate

There are several COVID-19 vaccines on the market and many more in the pipeline, but making enough vaccine doses for the entire world could take years due to manufacturing challenges.

  Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

Some states are still working through an initial phase that prioritizes health workers and nursing home residents. Many states have divided the second phase into tiers that put grocery workers lower than others, including people 65 and over, teachers and first responders.

  Wife visits husband with COVID-19 through hospital window for months

The couple’s children and grandchildren also visit at the window, which is now covered with love notes.

  WHO authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization’s green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine should trigger the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to countries that have signed up for the U.N.-backed COVAX effort.