Exactly one year ago Saturday, Stanislaus County announced its first death related to the coronavirus. The death toll is now at 1,017, according to the latest data released by the Health Services Agency. Last summer, to illustrate the seriousness of COVID-19, the county published a chart showing the average annual […]

Good evening. I’m Melody Petersen, and it’s Monday, April 5. In ordinary times, I write about healthcare and business. But these aren’t ordinary times, and for the last year, I’ve written mostly about the pandemic. Now I’ll be writing this newsletter for the next couple of weeks. Let’s get started […]

Beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Vermonters age 50 and older will be able to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Going online to healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine is the fastest way to make an appointment, and there are enough slots at sites throughout Vermont for everyone who is eligible, the state […]

Springfield The Illinois Education Association, one of the largest teacher unions in the state, on Tuesday, March 24, released its third annual state of education report examining attitudes towards public education in Illinois. The poll, conducted by Normington Petts and Next Generation Strategies, surveyed 1,000 different Illinois adults of varying […]

“ ‘Oh my God, am I going to make it to 60?’ ” Smith, 59, recalled asking herself as she lay in bed, gasping for air. She also feared she had infected her husband, who had just been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. From its beginning, the coronavirus has been a […]

Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images Two new studies suggest that a Covid-19 variant first discovered in California has been spreading rapidly through the state. The findings come as the US ramps up its efforts to track and catalogue various forms of the mutating virus, and raise fresh questions about the […]

The Home Office has been accused of “grossly” misstating coronavirus rules after it said “all gatherings are currently against the law”. The Twitter post accompanied a video which said “meeting up is against the law” as it showed footage of police raiding house parties as it warned people not to […]

It’s probably at least somewhat fair to say that the coronavirus pandemic has turned a lot of us into full-fledged germaphobes — and that includes those of us who weren’t in the habit of cramming bottles of hand sanitizer into our coat pockets and purses every time we’d leave the […]

With online registrations largely available only through individual providers, some seniors and their loved ones raced to sign up for openings that begin Monday. They refreshed Web pages, tested every link, and waited for hours, often to no avail. They described outdated information pages and glitchy websites that put them […]