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Past articles by Elinor:

Haiti is reeling from a devastating earthquake, COVID-19 pandemic and political instability. Here's how to help.

Haiti has been struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake as it faces an approaching storm and the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how to help. → Read More

FDA recommends third dose of vaccine for severely immunocompromised; largest teacher's union backs vaccine mandates: COVID-19 updates

The 7-day average of hospitalized children rose 30% in the past week. The FDA recommends a third shot for severely immunocompromised Live COVID news. → Read More

ICUs around the nation reach capacity; US adds more cases in first days of August than in all of May: Latest COVID-19 updates

New people are getting vaccinated at the highest rate in over two months as hospitalizations overwhelm ICUs. Here are the latest COVID-19 updates. → Read More

At least 10 dead after van carrying migrants crashes in South Texas, authorities say

At least 10 people are dead, including the driver, after a van carrying migrants crashed Wednesday on a remote Texas highway, authorities said. → Read More

Google, Facebook mandate vaccines to employees; states react to CDC mask guidance change; virus deaths over 2,000 per week: COVID-19 news

States are quickly reacting after the CDC issued new mask guidance recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors. Latest COVID news. → Read More

Louisiana breaks its all-time COVID case record; CDC says delta as infectious as chickenpox: Latest updates

The CDC, in an internal presentation, is warning that the delta variant is substantially more contagious than others. Latest COVID-19 updates. → Read More

New York City to become first major US city to require vaccination proof for indoor activities: Live COVID-19 updates

New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people to enter indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues. Latest COVID news. → Read More

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urges businesses adopt 'vaccine-only admission'; Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive: Today's COVID-19 news

Florida on Sunday broke its record for current hospitalizations, days after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic. → Read More

CDC to recommend vaccinated people wear masks indoors as number of cases rise: Latest COVID-19 updates

The CDC is expected to recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with high transmission. → Read More

Deaths up 25% from two weeks ago; cases rising in every state: Live COVID-19 updates

More experts are calling for vaccinated people to mask up as COVID surges around the country. Live COVID news. → Read More

FDA warns of possible link between J&J vaccine, autoimmune disorder: Latest COVID-19 updates

FDA warns about a possible link between the J&J vaccine and an autoimmune disorder. The U.S. saw a 47.5% increase in new cases last week. Latest news. → Read More

17-million-gallon sewage spill at Los Angeles' largest treatment plant closes miles of Southern California beaches

Miles of beaches in Los Angeles were closed Monday as 17M gallons of sewage from the city's largest treatment plant spilled into Santa Monica Bay. → Read More

Pfizer, health officials to meet about vaccine booster shots; California to require face masks at schools: Latest COVID-19 updates

Over the past year, about one-third of U.S. states have used federal COVID-19 relief aid to reward essential workers. Live COVID news. → Read More

'We are fed up': Thousands of demonstrators throughout Cuba protest shortages, rising prices

Thousands of Cubans took the streets Sunday to protest food shortages and high prices, in one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in memory. → Read More

Western wildfires: Over 300K acres burned across 6 states; 2 firefighters dead after plane crashes in Arizona

More than 300,000 acres are burning across six states across the western United States on Sunday as the region battled yet another brutal heat wave. → Read More

Vaccinated teachers and students don't need masks, CDC says: Live COVID-19 updates

A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech strongly extends protection, a new study shows. The latest COVID updates. → Read More

Almost half of US reports rising cases, attributed largely to delta variant surge: Latest COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 cases were up in nearly half of U.S. states, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Northern California city passes law requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance

The law in San Jose, California, the first of its kind in the nation, was passed Tuesday, a month after the deadly mass shooting in the city. → Read More

WHO recommends masks even for fully vaccinated; Pfizer, Moderna vaccines may offer long immunity: COVID-19 updates

The WHO is urging fully vaccinated people to keep wearing masks indoors. Study finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines may offer immunity for years to come. → Read More

Florida building collapse: At least 1 dead, nearly 100 unaccounted for. Here's what we know about the search effort.

After a night of searching, rescue crews are working Friday to search for the 99 unaccounted for after a 12-story condominium building collapsed. → Read More