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WASHINGTON: One of the few duties of the vice-president spelled out in the constitution is breaking ties in the Senate, but Kamala Harris hopes she doesn’t have to do it much. In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, the vice president-elect noted that there have been only 268 tie-breaking votes cast by …

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A COVID-19 variant first found in other countries and states has been showing up in increasing numbers throughout California, health officials with the California Department of Public Health, Santa Clara County and UCSF announced on Sunday. Authorities say the L452R variant of COVID-19 was first identified in Denmark in March of …

California has lifted a stay-at-home order for 13 northern counties with improving hospital conditions, but most of the state’s population remains under tight restrictions in the deadly coronavirus pandemic.The state on Tuesday lifted the order in the Sacramento region – a rare turn of good news as the state pushes through what Gov. Gavin Newsom …

The California Department of Public Health issued new vaccine recommendations on Thursday meant to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccine administrations.State health officials recommend health departments and providers offer doses to lower priority groups when doses are about to expire or when high-priority demand subsides.Local health departments are also asked to immediately administer vaccines to …

A counselor at a Los Angeles-area youth home was beaten to death while trying to break up a fight and seven teenagers and young adults were arrested, authorities said. David Mcknight-Hillman, 25, was assaulted Saturday while trying to break up a fight at Wayfinder Family Services in the unincorporated View Park−Windsor Hills area, authorities said. …

Here’s what’s happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — California’s deadly Christmas was marked by pleas to avoid holiday gatherings outside the home and indoor church services in what could be a make-or-break effort to curb a coronavirus surge that already has filled some hospitals well beyond …

When Gov. Gavin Newsom provided a dire view of California’s out-of-control surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations this week, he referred to projection models of future death and misery that he said were becoming “alarmingly” more accurate. If true, then over the next four weeks the state’s hospitals could be overflowing with 75,000 patients — …

Coronavirus live updates: California orders thousands of body bags as Moderna vaccine nears approval  The Washington Post Moderna Vaccine Is Highly Protective and Prevents Severe Covid, Data Show  The New York Times Edelman: COVID-19 vaccine a promising development — if enough people will get it | COMMENTARY  Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: Who should be last in line for the …

Los Angeles County again broke a record for coronavirus hospitalizations this weekend as San Francisco County reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Statewide, more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases were reported Sunday, making California’s total at 1,551,766. Millions of Californians in the majority of the state are under stay-at-home orders. …

Doctors and nurses back then were working on improving treatments and overcoming shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Now the staff at hospitals are worn down. Finding fresh beds is one matter; having fresh staff is another. “One of the most important things to remember is when we talk about ICU capacity, it’s not just …