COVID-19 coverage
COVID-19 coverage

BRUSSELS (AP) — New findings about the coronavirus's omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounde…

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versio…

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets. As in much of Zimbabwe, her…

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays.

The U.S. government will pay drugmaker Pfizer $5.29 billion for 10 million treatment courses of its potential COVID-19 treatment if regulators authorize it, the nation's largest purchase agreement yet for a coronavirus therapy.

There are 477 active COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska, up 61 from the previous week, according to the latest weekly numbers reported Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 in what would be a major expansion that could combat an alarming rise in serious infections in youngsters and help schools stay open.

There are 415 active COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska, up 36 from the previous week, according to the latest weekly numbers reported Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — At most of the largest U.S. public universities, students are under no obligation to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Some schools do require vaccines, but with leniency for those who opt out. Still others have expelled students who do not comply.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary Taboniar went 15 months without a paycheck, thanks to the COVID pandemic. A housekeeper at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort in Honolulu, the single mother of two saw her income completely vanish as the virus devastated the hospitality industry.

There are 342 active COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska, up 28 from the previous week, according to the latest weekly numbers reported Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

MADISON — With what appears to be a resurgence of the coronavirus in parts of the United States, including Nebraska, the Madison County Board of Commissioners reviewed its COVID-19 protocol for county employees on Tuesday.

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department is offering the third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines to immunocompromised individuals at its vaccine clinics in Norfolk, West Point and Tekamah, the department said in a press release. Call 402-529-2233 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 cases are rising again in Northeast Nebraska, and less than 50% of the state’s population has been vaccinated. These factors and the rise of the Delta variant mean getting vaccinated is still crucial, according to doctors at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

There are 125 active COVID-19 hospitalizations in Nebraska, up 28 from last week, according to the latest weekly numbers reported Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Governments and businesses are scrambling to change course following new federal guidance calling for the return of mask wearing in virus hot spots amid a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was expected to backpedal Tuesday on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging, a federal official said.

The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department identified a case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 within the district. Other specimens of COVID-19 in the district are being tested to identify possible additional cases, according to a press release.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County residents will again be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, while the University of California system said that students, faculty and staff must be inoculated against the coronavirus to return to campuses.

O’NEILL — The North Central District Health Department has been notified that the Delta COVID-19 variant has been identified as having infected someone living in the NCDHD health district.

O’NEILL — The North Central District Health Department has clinic times available for walk-ins seeking COVID-19 vaccinations. Those who already have a scheduled appointment time for a clinic should arrive at that scheduled time. These clinics will be dispensing the Moderna vaccine.

Dr. Afua Ntem-Mensah, infectious disease physician at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, is scheduled to be among medical experts exploring concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine in the special “Speaking of Nebraska: Vaccine Hesitancy,” filmed on location at Lincoln High School in Linco…

WISNER — The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) received notification Saturday that two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 have tested positive with the California variant B.1.429.

O’NEILL — The North Central District Health Department is set to receive 400 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine from April 5 to 9. Three clinics will be held across the district to give patrons access to this single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

O’NEILL — The North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) has been made aware of seven new COVID-19 cases in the district since last reporting period on Thursday. NCDHD still encourages district residents to continue to wear masks in public places or where social distancing is difficult…

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