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Coronavirus Skyrockets In California

KHN Morning Briefing

On Thursday, the state reported nearly 5,600 new cases, and the average positive-test rate over seven days was 4.9% — a nearly five-fold increase over last week. Despite the spike, two parents’ groups are suing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom over a mask mandate in public schools.

Latest New Coronavirus Leap: From Dogs

KHN Morning Briefing

Scientists warn of a pattern of regular and frequent coronavirus emergence. They’ve discovered a coronavirus supposedly transmitted from a dog.

Covid Climbing Yet Again Throughout US

KHN Morning Briefing

The new BA.2.12.1 variant was responsible for 29% of new coronavirus infections and they are on the rise across the country.

Coronavirus Cases Surging From Coast To Coast

KHN Morning Briefing

Outlets report on the rise in coronavirus cases from Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Alaska; plus, travel advisories and contact tracing.

Covid Vaccination Uptake Receding With Omicron

KHN Morning Briefing

Demand for vaccinations and booster shots is dipping to its lowest levels, even among vulnerable groups. Meanwhile, new research points to the Wuhan animal markets as the origin of the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus Casts New Shadow Over Capitol Dome

KHN Morning Briefing

The recent surge in cases is slowing work on Capitol Hill and shattering a sense of calm. Adding to the jitters was news yesterday that a White House employee and a member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff tested positive even though they were fully vaccinated.

Study Warns Of Pandemic Risks From Thousands Of Other Coronaviruses

KHN Morning Briefing

A study emphasizes risks of future pandemics from hundreds of thousands of people infected yearly by coronaviruses from animals. Meanwhile, the U.K. government has set out its winter covid plan, including boosters for the over 50s, and Mexico finishes a three month border area vaccine push.