Coronavirus updates: Southern California to enter lockdown; daily cases reach another record

  • Coronavirus infections reached a new daily high of nearly 228,000 cases on Friday. The 227,885 cases eclipses the previous high of more than 217,000 on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Health officers in six San Francisco Bay Areas counties have issued a new stay-at-home order ahead of a state plan.
  • Student loan borrowers won’t have to make payments on federal student loans until the end of January, the U.S. Education Department said Friday, extending a pandemic-era reprieve through the first days of the Joe Biden presidency.
  • U.S. employers added a disappointing 245,000 jobs in November despite the looming halt of extended jobless benefits and other federal lifelines for millions of Americans.

Southern California to enter lockdown

The vast region of Southern California was placed under new lockdown orders as the state scrambles to slow the rapid escalation of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

Viral obituary blames Americans who ‘abandoned’ science

Dr. Marvin James Farr was born into an America where neighbors were willing to die for their fellow citizens. But he died Tuesday in a very different country — one where “many of his fellow Americans refuse to wear a piece of cloth on their face to protect one another.”

Oregon doctor’s license suspended after saying he does not wear masks

A family physician has been suspended by the Oregon Medical Board after publicly stating he and his staff are not wearing masks in his clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nashville ICU nurse shot and killed in her car on her way to work

A 26-year-old Nashville nurse was fatally shot Thursday night, Metro Nashville police said. Police on Friday identified the woman as Caitlyn Kaufman, who worked at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. Detectives believe the shooting happened while Kaufman was on her way to work.

US reaches daily high of nearly 228,000 cases

Coronavirus infections continue to spread at record levels in the United States, reaching a new daily high of nearly 228,000 cases on Friday. The 227,885 cases eclipses the previous high of more than 217,000 on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Hospitals brace for crisis-care mode: Too many patients, not enough staff

COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations are at record levels and the rising case toll from Americans’ holiday travel has created an unprecedented surge with no relief in sight. The problem is especially ominous in the nation’s intensive care units — specialized units crowded with a record number of critically ill Americans as the nation struggles through the most dangerous phase of the pandemic.

McConnell backs lawsuit challenging Kentucky governor’s school order

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and 36 other senators publicly showed their support Friday for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s federal lawsuit challenging Gov. Andy Beshear’s order prohibiting public and private K-12 schools from holding in-person classes until January.

Moscow begins vaccinations

Thousands of doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up Saturday for a coronavirus vaccination in Moscow.

‘A lot more’ must be done to distribute vaccine, Biden says

President-elect Joe Biden said more must be done to plan the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 after they are approved, but that his health advisers are developing plans.

COVID-19 side effects mean your body is reacting properly, experts say

Americans will likely experience at least one side effect from the COVID-19 vaccine, but doctors say that’s normal and you should still get vaccinated.

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