Story of the Week: New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Continue to Fall in US

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wind down in the United States as vaccination rates rise and communities ease their public health restrictions. The seven-day average numbers of new cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. are all at their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic...
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Story of the Week: CDC Says Vaccinated People Usually Don't Need Masks Outside

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines on Tuesday regarding mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying vaccinated people can go maskless outside in most situations...
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Story of the Week: White House Advances COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts, Developing Standards for 'Vaccine Passports'

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Biden administration is working with the private sector to develop standards for proof-of-vaccination credentials, informally referred to by some as vaccine "passports." Such credentials could potentially be...
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Story of the Week: Vaccine Outlook Improves; Some States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. will now have enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all adults by the end of May, two months sooner than the previously-predicted July. Amid that expansion and...
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Story of the Week: Vaccine Rollout Expands As Cases Fall

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will expand its COVID-19 vaccine distribution, as new cases of the virus continue to fall. The government will boost its weekly vaccine shipments to states from 11...
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Congress Just Reached Two Major Agreements by Overwhelming Margins. How Well Did News Outlets Cover the Stories?

Congress agreed to two major pieces of legislation by overwhelming margins in the past few weeks. On December 21, it passed a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill, which also included temporary funding for other government operations. It then overrode a veto from President Donald...
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Story of the Week: $600 Or $2,000? Stimulus Checks Debated As Payments Begin

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. $600 COVID-19 stimulus checks begin going out this week after months of negotiations, as debate simmers about increasing the checks to $2,000. President Donald Trump and many Congressional Democrats support more...
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Weekly United News Roundup: Early Dec. Polls Found Americans of All Political Stripes Strongly Supported A New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Plus, a bipartisan “908 Coalition” and increased openness toward the vaccine Congressional leaders announced an agreement on a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill Sunday night. Polls conducted in early December found the desire for a new stimulus bill was shared among Democrats and...
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Humans are Ultra-Social: COVID-19 Is Emotionally Tough This Thanksgiving, Politics Aside

When the U.S. economy was mostly shut down in a wide-ranging effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the impact was immediate and severe. Weekend destinations and lively centers of cultural activity, once packed with crowds of visitors, suddenly became empty and silent...
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