Coronavirus

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday.

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  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

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  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

  Local health officials discuss pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Regional Health Department Director Brandie Combs discusses OSDH's decision to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

  OSDH pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  COVID Questions: Health Dept. discusses walk-in clinics, losing your proof of vaccination

7News anchor Makenzie Burk spoke with the Regional Health Department Director Brandie Combs to learn about what you should do if you lose your proof of getting vaccinated from the Coronavirus and walk-in clinics in the area.

  Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held at Trinity Assembly of God

The clinic will be held at Trinity Assembly of God’s location at 202 SE 45 St. in Lawton from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  Medicine Park hosting walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic

A walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held in Medicine Park Tuesday, April 6.

  COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held at HC King Center in Lawton

There will be a COVID-19 vaccine POD held at the HC King Center in Lawton Monday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

  Comanche County Memorial Hospital hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinic

CCMH will be holding a vaccine clinic on Thursday, April 1 for those needing the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use for people under 60 over clots

Authorities in Berlin and Munich are again suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for residents under age 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who recently received the shots, officials said Tuesday.

  More than a dozen states to open vaccines to all adults

More than a dozen states are set to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults this week.

  Canada pauses AstraZeneca vaccine for under 55

It remains a recommendation and it is up to each of Canada’s provinces to decide to follow it or not.

  Oklahoma, Texas move to Phase 4 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

On Monday, the Oklahoma and Texas Departments of Health kicked off the final phases of their distribution plans.