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COVID-19: The Latest

Biden federal worker vaccine mandate blocked

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was ...

US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 deaths in ...

Justice COVID illness postpones State of the State address

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice’s sixth State of the State address since taking office in 2017 will have to wait due to testing positive for COVID-19. The West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates announced Wednesday there would be no joint evening session of the Legislature because ...

W.Va. to ask CDC’s permission to administer fourth COVID vaccine dose

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday state officials will send a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeking permission to offer a fourth COVID vaccine dose to those in the state. Under West Virginia's plan, the state would provide the shots to ...

West Virginia University returns to indoor mask requirement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is returning to a policy of requiring masks to be worn indoors on campus and has ordered students, faculty and staff to verify their vaccination status due to a surge in coronavirus cases statewide. The university said in a news release that ...

FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges

The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they're also warranted ...