Masks could return to Los Angeles as COVID surges.
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Accessed on 15 July 2022, 0611 UTC.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
With the new omicron variants again pushing hospitalizations and deaths higher in recent weeks, states and cities are rethinking their responses. Read more
Hawaii’s downward trend in COVID-19 cases appears to continue, with lower average counts and positivity rates than the previous week, but omicron subvariant BA.5 is now a national and global concern. Read more
Starting with the new school year, masks will be “highly recommended” when rates of COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations are medium or high by CDC standards. Read more
Novavax makes a more traditional type of shot than the three other COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the U.S. — and one that’s already available in Europe and multiple other countries. Read more
DOH also reported 11 more deaths, bringing the state’s coronavirus-related death toll to 1,535. Read more
The new variants, labeled BA.4 and BA.5, are offshoots of the omicron strain that has been responsible for nearly all of the virus spread in the U.S. and are even more contagious than their predecessors. Read more
Signs of renewed life abound, as if all is back to pre-2020 normal, before COVID-19 struck: Fewer masks are being seen in public, congestion has returned to roadways, and people are socializing at every turn. Read more
Restaurants may soon be able to use public sidewalks for outdoor seating under a new pilot program that was approved unanimously last week by the Honolulu City Council. Read more
Health officials in South Korea are expanding booster shots to adults 50 and over as COVID-19 cases creep up again across the country. Read more
From July 26 to 29, survey teams will go door-to-door in 30 census tracts representing more populated areas within the county. Read more
The private Assets School has opened a center to make student screening for learning disabilities and differences more widely accessible to the public, funded with $378,000 from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund. Read more
The World Health Organization and UNICEF said their figures show 25 million children last year failed to get vaccinated against diptheria, tetanus and pertussis. Read more
Indoor masking will become optional in Hawaii’s 257 regular public schools effective Aug. 1 — a change eliciting praise from people who feel masking harms students, and criticism from other parents and some doctors who predict an increased risk of COVID-19 for children and school employees. Read more
VIDEO: Dr. Todd Allen of The Queen’s Health System joins the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s ‘Spotlight Hawaii’ to discuss COVID
Dr. Todd Allen, senior Vice President and chief quality officer at The Queen’s Health System, joined the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight Hawaii” livestream show today and answered viewer questions. Read more
Scientists say the variant — called BA.2.75 — may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection. Read more
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is hosting “Celebrate Love: A (Re)Wedding” on Sunday evening in the pavilion outside the center. Read more
Schumer, 71, is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement. Read more
Macao’s economy is heavily dependent on its casinos and related businesses, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Read more
The pandemic’s true toll on mental health won’t be known for a long time, but data from the past two years indicates a rise in prescription drugs for conditions like ADHD and depression. Read more
The National Park Service said the decision was made after community transmission of the coronavirus in Denali Borough reached a high level this week. Read more
Officials in the Spanish city officials corrected the preliminary report by Pamplona’s hospital to state that a man was scratched on the buttocks but not pierced by a horn. Read more