COVID-19 Pandemic



In France, an upsurge of physical and verbal attacks directed at public officials — often over COVID-19 policies — are ringing alarm bells.

The highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall’s Delta wave.

Health officials say Oregon hospitals are near their breaking point as the state is expected to reach peak COVID-19 hospitalizations in coming weeks.

California has identified a number of cases of BA.2, a sublineage of the Omicron variant. How concerned should we be?

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The latest totals, where new cases are concentrated, testing numbers, demographcics, nursing homes and California state and county data in context compared to other states.

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L.A. has not cited any businesses for failing to check customers’ COVID vaccination status, opting for a grace period that runs out in a few days.

New West Charter is among the latest to face legal opposition to a vaccine mandate. L.A. Unified and San Diego Unified are also facing litigation.

California has reported more than 8 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, or 1 out of every 5 residents testing positive at some point.

The Omicron surge has peaked, rather unevenly, in California. But there’s one wrinkle — the emergence of a subtype called BA.2.