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Premier Daniel Andrews has announced 25 of the 35 Greater Sydney local government areas will be downgraded from red zones to orange zones from 6pm tonight. The change means people can enter Victoria upon if they obtain a permit and get tested for COVID-19. “You’ll get an automatic permit and you can travel back and …

A pair of Democratic wins in the Georgia Senate runoff elections this week put a finer point on Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ constitutional role as president of the chamber, empowered to break ties. The victories by the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s high-stakes races create a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans, …

A North Texas school district is extending its winter break because of a surge in COVID-19 cases among its staff. The Italy Independent School District announced Sunday that classes will resume Monday, Jan. 11. “This is partly due to a rise in Covid-19 cases among our faculty and staff,” the district wrote on social media. …

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government says that it will begin vaccinating thousands of frontline health care workers as soon as possible to ease pressure on hospitals hit by coronavirus-related staffing shortages. The announcement marked an abrupt change to a policy that had prioritized vaccinations of care home workers and carers for other vulnerable people …

KAILUA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Adventist Health Castle in Kailua announced on Friday, Dec. 25, that it began administering doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers on Monday, Dec. 21, shortly after receiving its first shipment. [Hawaii’s Breaking News–Download the FREE KHON2 app for iOS or Android] The vials arrived on Monday, Dec. …

DANVILLE, Va. – Frontline workers at SOVAH Health in Danville and Martinsville are asking the community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays. The Danville hospital has lost 11 COVID-19 patients in the last week. Frontline workers shared messages about what their experience has been like treating the patients. “I have had …

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Kent County Health Department expects to receive 1,950 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine today, and on Friday plans to begin its push to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers. Dr. Adam London, who leads the county health department, told the Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday that the county’s initial shipment of …

An Education Department spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the remarks, nor whether DeVos plans to stay in office until Jan. 20. Department officials announced during the all-hands staff meeting that they have lined up career officials to take over in an interim capacity in roles that will be vacated by …

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sanford Health received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The health system says it has received 3,900 doses with more expected in the coming weeks. Vaccinations for front-line health care workers will begin on Tuesday. Sanford Health also said it invested in special cold storage facilities …

Covid’s U.S. toll: Nearly 300,000 dead and a stalemate between fatalism and hope By Marc Fisher, Scott Wilson and Arelis R. Hernández In April, the deadliest month of the pandemic, an elderly New Yorker in assisted living couldn’t grasp why she was suddenly forbidden to see her friends. In May, two sisters in Michigan, one …