Coronavirus

Watch Now: Shanghai’s COVID-19 lockdown tests limits of residents

Chinese officials are extending a mass lockdown across Shanghai - a city of 26 million - over a resurgence of the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant. The move has frustrated residents who complain about access to necessities including food and medicine.

Judge grants class-action status to COVID-sickened prisoners

A federal judge has certified a class-action lawsuit related to Oregon leaders’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic inside its prisons. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman signed off on a wrongful death class that will include the estates of 45 adults who died in the state’s custody and “for whom COVID-19 caused or contributed to their death.” The other is a damages class that would include anyone incarcerated after Feb. 1, 2020, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 at least 14 days after they were incarcerated. Spokespersons for the governor’s office, the Oregon Department of Corrections and the state’s Department of Justice declined to comment.

Several COVID deaths in WA happened before 1st was announced

The Washington state Department of Health has confirmed at least four other Washingtonians died from COVID complications before or on Feb. 28, 2020 — the date the first known death was announced. The Seattle Times reports in a recent review of the state’s earliest COVID-19 deaths, three people who died before the initial announcement were from long-term care facility Life Care Center of Kirkland, the site of the first known U.S. coronavirus outbreak. State health officials now believe the first person to die in the state was actually a Snohomish County woman in her 30s.

Into the wild: Animals the latest frontier in COVID fight

Scientists are deeply concerned that COVID-19 could evolve within animal populations – potentially spawning dangerous viral mutants that could jump back to people, spread among us and reignite what seems like a waning pandemic.