Person getting vaccinated.

U.S. COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Continue Steady Decline

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Thomas Russo said what’s influencing the decline in Omicron cases is that it has built up some population immunity.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Shoppers walk down Oxford Street, Europe's busiest shopping street, in London

British Prime Minister Scraps Remaining COVID Restrictions In England

The new plan foresees vaccines and treatments keeping the virus in check, though the government said other measures will be retained if needed.

 | AP

Pregnant woman wearing a facemask.

Study: Getting COVID Vaccine While Pregnant Can Help Protect Baby

COVID antibodies could transferred across the placenta from a mother to the baby during pregnancy, the study suggests.

 | Jay Strubberg and Scripps News Staff

Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Adopts Nation's 1st 'Endemic' Virus Policy

The SMARTER approach stands for Shots, Masks, Awareness, Readiness, Testing, Education and Rx, a reference to improving treatments for COVID-19.

 | AP and James Packard

A person, wearing a facemask, walks a dog

Nearly 75% Of Americans Are Immune To The Omicron Variant

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in conjunction with The Associated Press, released a study on COVID immunity.

 | Adi Guajardo

An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre.

Oscars To Require COVID Vaccination For Most Attendees

The decision was made as actors and crews returned to TV and movie sets.

 | Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

President Biden To Deliver State Of The Union Speech To Full House

The announcement comes as White House is hoping to use the speech to nudge the pandemic into the nation’s rear-view mirror.

 | Alex Livingston and AP

Woman sits on bed

What To Know About Pandemic-Related 'Decision Fatigue'

Many people are questioning their everyday actions as a result of the pandemic.


Hand sanitizer, wipes, and surgical masks rest on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom

Washington School District Votes To Defy Statewide Mask Mandate

The vote violates the state mandate, prompting the district's superintendent to cancel school until they can figure out how to implement the policy.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

Student gets COVID-19 booster shot from nursing student.

Estimated 73% Of U.S. Now Have Immune Protection From Omicron

Millions of individual Americans’ immune systems now recognize the virus and are primed to fight it off if they encounter Omicron, or another variant.

 | AP and Jay Strubberg

Customers eating at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia

More Virus Rules Fall As CDC Hints At Better Times Ahead

With variants waning and Americans eager to move on, government and business leaders have been out ahead of the CDC in ending virus measures.

 | Maritsa Georgiou and AP

A police officer speaks with a trucker as he distributes a notice to protesters

Truckers Protesting In Canada End Last U.S. Border Blockade

Ottowa police were handing out leaflets Wednesday warning truck drivers to leave immediately or risk arrest.

 | AP

Patients lie on hospital beds outside Caritas Medical Centre.

President Xi Urges Hong Kong To Get Control As COVID Cases Surge

China's leader Xi Jinping said it is the local government's "overriding task" to control the situation.

 | AP

A cruise ship heads up the Mississippi River

CDC Relaxes Cruise Ship COVID-19 Guidelines

The federal agency lowered cruise ship travel to a level 3 health notice.

 | Scripps News Staff

Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Disney World, Disneyland Lift Mask Mandates For Some Spaces

Vaccinated guests will be required to wear masks on Disney transportation, but they won't have to wear them on rides or in other indoor locations.

 | Scripps News Staff

A patient lies in a hospital bed.

How Long COVID Is Affecting Millions Of Americans' Wallets

One study found that more than half of U.S. adults who got COVID or lost income during the pandemic struggle with medical debt.

 | Scripps News Staff

People protesting COVID-19 mandates

New York City Fires 1,430 City Workers For Defying Vaccine Mandate

Up to 4,000 workers faced a Friday deadline to provide proof of full vaccination status or face termination.

 | AP

Tennis player Novak Djokovic

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Could Skip French Open, Wimbledon

The 20-time Grand Slam champion said he is still not vaccinated and is prepared to sacrifice titles to stay that way.

 | AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's Trudeau Invokes Emergency Powers To Quell COVID-19 Protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking the Emergencies Act, which gives the federal government broad powers to restore order.

 | AP

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney

Guaranteed Income Program Provides Stipend To Combat Pandemic Woes

The Cares Act and two private foundation partnerships are funding 18 families in Richmond, Virginia, with a $500 monthly check for two years.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

The words "Freedom Convoy 2022" on a semi-truck in Canada

Ontario To Drop Proof-Of-Vaccination Requirement Amid Protests

The premier of the Canadian province said people won't have to show proof of vaccination to get into restaurants, gyms and other places.

 | AP

Britain's Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Tests Positive For COVID-19

Prince Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, are both triple-vaccinated.

 | AP

A woman receiving a COVID-19 vaccine injection.

Study: COVID Booster Effectiveness Wanes But Remains Strong

Vaccine effectiveness was higher in people who had received boosters than in people who had received only the original series of shots.

 | Scripps News Staff and AP

Tear gas grenades a fired during a protest in Paris.

Paris Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Banned Virus Protest

Nearly all French adults are vaccinated against COVID-19 and the protests have represented a small minority.

 | Scripps News Staff and AP

A person is injected with her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

In Reversal, FDA Puts Brakes On COVID Shots For Kids Under 5

The nation's 18 million children under 5 make up the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination.

 | Maura Sirianni and AP

The Empire State Building in an aerial view of the Manhattan skyline in New York

Report: New York City Set To Fire 3,000 Unvaccinated Workers

New York City is expected to fire up to 3,000 municipal workers for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

 | Scripps News Staff

People playing roulette at casino

Nevada Governor Rescinds Mask Mandate; Casinos Follow Suit

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the state would no longer require face coverings in most places, including schools.

 | AP

Britain's Prince Charles waves after a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Quito

Prince Charles Isolating After Testing Positive For COVID-19

The royal residence Clarence House announced on Twitter that Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19.

 | AP

A masked President Joe Biden listens during a school event.

Democratic Leaders Ease COVID Restrictions, Straying From Biden Admin.

Governors in blue states are dropping mask mandates while the CDC is keeping the guidance.

 | Willie James Inman

Middle school students wearing masks get off the bus

As State Mask Rules End, School Leaders Are In The Middle

The question of masks in schools has been so contentious that school board meetings have devolved into shouting matches, scuffles and arrests.

 | Adi Guajardo and AP