Track cases, vaccinations, booster shot and testing information

LETICIA: NOW TO TODAY’S CORONAVIRUS HEADLIS.NE IF PFIZER’S COVID PILL IS APPROVED, ETH GOVERNMENT IS READY TO BUY IT. TEO: THEY WILL PAY PFIZER MORE THAN 5 BILLION. ALSO, NEW VACCINATION AND TESTING MEASURES WERE APPROVED AFTER HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED THE COUNTRY IS FACING A TERRIBLE CHRISTMAS. AND RUSSIA HIT ANOTHER RECDOR HIGH FOR COVERT DEATHS WITH 1125 . HOWEVER, DAILY CASES ARE STARTING TO DROP OFF. LETICIA: TAKING A LOOK AT THE VACCINATION PROGRESS IN THE STATE. 66.8% OF ELIGIBLE CALIFORNIANS ARE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19. THAT’S 25.1 MILLION PEOPLE. ANOTHER 3 MILLION PEOPLE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THEIR SECOND DOSE, OR CHOOSING NOT TO GET E.ON 4.4 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE GO

COVID-19 in California: Track cases, vaccinations, delta variant updates and booster shot and testing info

Below you’ll find information on the latest COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, community transmission, vaccine rates and booster shots and the latest headlines — all in one place.App users, click here to see all the charts with this story. 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users, click here to see the latest COVID-19 case and testing numbers).Latest COVID-19-related hospitalizations in 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users, click here to see the latest COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the state)Community transmission in CaliforniaAs the delta variant spread across the country, California issued a new recommendation in late July urging residents to mask up indoors to slow the virus’ spread.Below you’ll find the levels of community transmission by county in California. Latest COVID-19 headlines Woman with COVID-19 wakes up after 60 days on ventilator, day before having life support turned off | A Maine woman on a ventilator for 60 days after contracting COVID-19 was just a day from having life support turned off when she suddenly woke up. A flu pandemic could be even worse than COVID-19 has been, National Academy of Medicine says | An influenza pandemic like the pandemic of 1918 could be even worse than COVID-19 has been, and the world is not ready to deal with it, the National Academy of Medicine said in a series of reports released Wednesday. Study: Patients taking antidepressants less likely to die from COVID-19 | A new study shows that people taking antidepressants are significantly less likely to die from COVID-19. Coronavirus spreads in deer and other animals | Scientists have found SARS-CoV-2 spreads like, well, a virus among white-tailed deer and other wild animals in the United States. Disney Cruise Line to require children 5 and up to have COVID-19 vaccination | Disney Cruise Line will require children ages 5 and up to be vaccinated before sailing after Jan. 13. How to prepare for another winter of COVID-19 | Winter is almost here. After weeks of steady decline, COVID-19 cases appear to be on the rise again. Deadline nears for students to report COVID-19 vaccine status in Sacramento school district | With the COVID-19 vaccine available for children ages 5 to 11 and a looming deadline for older students in the Sacramento City Unified School District to report their vaccine status, parents took to a virtual town hall to get their questions answered. Here’s what needs to happen for Sacramento, Yolo counties’ mask mandates to end | Sacramento and Yolo counties are one of the few counties left in Northern California that still require people wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Webinar for Sacramento City Unified families answers major vaccine requirement questions | At a webinar for Sacramento City Unified School District families, parents had many questions about a looming deadline affecting thousands of students. Unvaccinated couple dies from COVID-19 weeks before their wedding day | Together for years, Luis Suarez and Norma Franco were planning to get married just after Thanksgiving. Little kids can likely read your emotions even when you wear a face mask, study finds | Little kids can often tell how people are feeling, even if that person is wearing a face mask, a new study published Monday found. Racial disparities in kids’ vaccinations are hard to track | The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community leaders fear that Black and Latino kids are falling behind. California health officials to vaccine providers: Don’t turn away people who want COVID-19 boosters | California health officials say they have simplified the state’s guidance to “empower” more people to get a COVID-19 booster shot after having completed their primary vaccination series. Hundreds protest school COVID-19 vaccine mandate at the California Capitol | Hundreds of demonstrators descended on California’s Capitol on Monday to protest the state’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students. Stanislaus County revokes mask mandate for fully vaccinated people indoors | Stanislaus County’s mask mandate was revoked Monday for some individuals, according to public health officials. This is effective immediately. How many vaccines have been administered in California?| MORE | How many doses have been administered by California county, ZIP codePGRpdiBjbGFzcz0ndGFibGVhdVBsYWNlaG9sZGVyJyBpZD0ndml6MTYzNjk4OTMwNzk5Nicgc3R5bGU9J3Bvc2l0aW9uOiByZWxhdGl2ZSc+PG5vc2NyaXB0PjxhIGhyZWY9J2h0dHBzOiYjNDc7JiM0Nztjb3ZpZDE5LmNhLmdvdiYjNDc7Jz48aW1nIGFsdD0nVmFjY2luZSAnIHNyYz0naHR0cHM6JiM0NzsmIzQ3O3B1YmxpYy50YWJsZWF1LmNvbSYjNDc7c3RhdGljJiM0NztpbWFnZXMmIzQ3O0NPJiM0NztDT1ZJRC0xOVZhY2NpbmVEYXNoYm9hcmRQdWJsaWN2MiYjNDc7VmFjY2luZSYjNDc7MV9yc3MucG5nJyBzdHlsZT0nYm9yZGVyOiBub25lJyAvPjwvYT48L25vc2NyaXB0PjxvYmplY3QgY2xhc3M9J3RhYmxlYXVWaXonICBzdHlsZT0nZGlzcGxheTpub25lOyc+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J2hvc3RfdXJsJyB2YWx1ZT0naHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZwdWJsaWMudGFibGVhdS5jb20lMkYnIC8+IDxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdlbWJlZF9jb2RlX3ZlcnNpb24nIHZhbHVlPSczJyAvPiA8cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nc2l0ZV9yb290JyB2YWx1ZT0nJyAvPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSduYW1lJyB2YWx1ZT0nQ09WSUQtMTlWYWNjaW5lRGFzaGJvYXJkUHVibGljdjImIzQ3O1ZhY2NpbmUnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J3RhYnMnIHZhbHVlPSdubycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0ndG9vbGJhcicgdmFsdWU9J3llcycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nc3RhdGljX2ltYWdlJyB2YWx1ZT0naHR0cHM6JiM0NzsmIzQ3O3B1YmxpYy50YWJsZWF1LmNvbSYjNDc7c3RhdGljJiM0NztpbWFnZXMmIzQ3O0NPJiM0NztDT1ZJRC0xOVZhY2NpbmVEYXNoYm9hcmRQdWJsaWN2MiYjNDc7VmFjY2luZSYjNDc7MS5wbmcnIC8+IDxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdhbmltYXRlX3RyYW5zaXRpb24nIHZhbHVlPSd5ZXMnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J2Rpc3BsYXlfc3RhdGljX2ltYWdlJyB2YWx1ZT0neWVzJyAvPjxwYXJhbSBuYW1lPSdkaXNwbGF5X3NwaW5uZXInIHZhbHVlPSd5ZXMnIC8+PHBhcmFtIG5hbWU9J2Rpc3BsYXlfb3ZlcmxheScgdmFsdWU9J3llcycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nZGlzcGxheV9jb3VudCcgdmFsdWU9J3llcycgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nbGFuZ3VhZ2UnIHZhbHVlPSdlbicgLz48cGFyYW0gbmFtZT0nZmlsdGVyJyB2YWx1ZT0ncHVibGlzaD15ZXMnIC8+PC9vYmplY3Q+PC9kaXY+ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIDxzY3JpcHQgdHlwZT0ndGV4dC9qYXZhc2NyaXB0Jz4gICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZhciBkaXZFbGVtZW50ID0gZG9jdW1lbnQuZ2V0RWxlbWVudEJ5SWQoJ3ZpejE2MzY5ODkzMDc5OTYnKTsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHZhciB2aXpFbGVtZW50ID0gZGl2RWxlbWVudC5nZXRFbGVtZW50c0J5VGFnTmFtZSgnb2JqZWN0JylbMF07ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICBpZiAoIGRpdkVsZW1lbnQub2Zmc2V0V2lkdGggPiA4MDAgKSB7IHZpekVsZW1lbnQuc3R5bGUubWluV2lkdGg9JzUwMHB4Jzt2aXpFbGVtZW50LnN0eWxlLm1heFdpZHRoPSc4MDBweCc7dml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS53aWR0aD0nMTAwJSc7dml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQ9JzUyN3B4Jzt9IGVsc2UgaWYgKCBkaXZFbGVtZW50Lm9mZnNldFdpZHRoID4gNTAwICkgeyB2aXpFbGVtZW50LnN0eWxlLm1pbldpZHRoPSc1MDBweCc7dml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS5tYXhXaWR0aD0nODAwcHgnO3ZpekVsZW1lbnQuc3R5bGUud2lkdGg9JzEwMCUnO3ZpekVsZW1lbnQuc3R5bGUuaGVpZ2h0PSc1MjdweCc7fSBlbHNlIHsgdml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS53aWR0aD0nMTAwJSc7dml6RWxlbWVudC5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQ9JzgyN3B4Jzt9ICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgdmFyIHNjcmlwdEVsZW1lbnQgPSBkb2N1bWVudC5jcmVhdGVFbGVtZW50KCdzY3JpcHQnKTsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgIHNjcmlwdEVsZW1lbnQuc3JjID0gJ2h0dHBzOi8vcHVibGljLnRhYmxlYXUuY29tL2phdmFzY3JpcHRzL2FwaS92aXpfdjEuanMnOyAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgdml6RWxlbWVudC5wYXJlbnROb2RlLmluc2VydEJlZm9yZShzY3JpcHRFbGVtZW50LCB2aXpFbGVtZW50KTsgICAgICAgICAgICAgICAgPC9zY3JpcHQ+Vaccine Tracker: How many people have been vaccinated across the country?Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?Californians can get their COVID-19 shots at community vaccination sites, doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies.You can find the state’s latest updates on covid19.ca.gov/vaccines and check the notification tool My Turn for information on eligibility and to schedule appointments. County health department websites are also a great tool for seeing what vaccine options are available. The state also promotes the online tool Vaccine Finder to help in locating a vaccination site near you.Pharmacy vaccine information:CVSRite AidWalgreens Can my child be vaccinated against COVID-19?In November, the CDC gave the final OK to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.The kid-sized dose is one-third the size of the adult dose and is administered with a smaller needle. Similar to the adult dosage, eligible kids will need to have two shots that are 21 days apart. Parents can book appointments for their child on MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255.| MORE | Click here for more information on pharmacies providing the COVID-19 vaccine for your childYou can also check your county’s health department for more information on upcoming vaccine clinics.Sacramento CountyStanislaus CountySan Joaquin CountyYolo CountyPlacer CountyEl Dorado CountySolano County Will I need a booster shot?California health officials are encouraging all adults to get a COVID-19 booster shot if they completed their primary vaccination series. It’s a move that has California a step ahead of booster guidance put forth by the federal government. Health officials are concerned about waning immunity and encouraged by the results of a vaccine booster campaign in Israel. “If you think you will benefit from getting a booster shot, I encourage you to go out and get it,” California Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. “Supply is available.”The CDC’s guidance for who should get a COVID-19 booster is more limited and outlined as follows for vaccinated individuals.A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended if you:Received your second dose at least six months ago, andAre 65 or older, orAge 18+ who live in long-term care settings, orAge 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, orAge 18+ who are at increased risk due to social inequity, orAge 18+ who work or live in high-risk settingsA Johnson & Johnson booster dose is recommended if you:Received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, andAre 18 or older What should I know about the vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the FDA?Moderna and Pfizer vaccinesHailed as vaccine game-changers for the medical community, health officials say both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are different than any other used for viruses such as the flu, measles or polio.Those COVID-19 vaccines currently approved under emergency use authorization contain what is called messenger RNA, which is being used to create new types of vaccines to protect against infectious diseases.According to the CDC, “to trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein — or even just a piece of a protein — that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.”Johnson & Johnson’s vaccineOn Feb. 28, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — the first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine available in the U.S. and is one that “checks nearly all the boxes.”The vaccine, made by Janssen, J&J’s vaccine arm, was said to be safe and effective, and it’s considered flexible. It’s a single dose, and it doesn’t require special storage.The vaccine is authorized for people ages 18 and older.The CDC and the FDA on April 13 said they were investigating several cases of unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. As a result, the agencies recommended a “pause” in vaccinations with J&J’s vaccine so investigators could look into the cases. Health officials said in an update on April 23 they were aware of 15 cases of the unusual clots since the government authorized use of the vaccine and nearly 8 million shots were given. All were women, most of them under 50. Three died, and seven remained hospitalized.The CDC and FDA lifted the pause, deciding that the vaccine’s benefits outweighed the rare risk of blood clots. They said the risk could be handled with warnings to help younger women decide if they should use that shot or an alternative. More questions answered with our Get the Facts on the Vax reportsKCRA 3 has taken viewer questions about the vaccine to health experts. 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Below you’ll find information on the latest COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, community transmission, vaccine rates and booster shots and the latest headlines — all in one place.

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Latest COVID-19 cases in California

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Latest COVID-19-related hospitalizations in California

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Community transmission in California

As the delta variant spread across the country, California issued a new recommendation in late July urging residents to mask up indoors to slow the virus’ spread.

Below you’ll find the levels of community transmission by county in California.

Latest COVID-19 headlines

  • Woman with COVID-19 wakes up after 60 days on ventilator, day before having life support turned off | A Maine woman on a ventilator for 60 days after contracting COVID-19 was just a day from having life support turned off when she suddenly woke up.
  • A flu pandemic could be even worse than COVID-19 has been, National Academy of Medicine says | An influenza pandemic like the pandemic of 1918 could be even worse than COVID-19 has been, and the world is not ready to deal with it, the National Academy of Medicine said in a series of reports released Wednesday.
  • Study: Patients taking antidepressants less likely to die from COVID-19 | A new study shows that people taking antidepressants are significantly less likely to die from COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus spreads in deer and other animals | Scientists have found SARS-CoV-2 spreads like, well, a virus among white-tailed deer and other wild animals in the United States.
  • Disney Cruise Line to require children 5 and up to have COVID-19 vaccination | Disney Cruise Line will require children ages 5 and up to be vaccinated before sailing after Jan. 13.
  • How to prepare for another winter of COVID-19 | Winter is almost here. After weeks of steady decline, COVID-19 cases appear to be on the rise again.
  • Deadline nears for students to report COVID-19 vaccine status in Sacramento school district | With the COVID-19 vaccine available for children ages 5 to 11 and a looming deadline for older students in the Sacramento City Unified School District to report their vaccine status, parents took to a virtual town hall to get their questions answered.
  • Here’s what needs to happen for Sacramento, Yolo counties’ mask mandates to end | Sacramento and Yolo counties are one of the few counties left in Northern California that still require people wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Webinar for Sacramento City Unified families answers major vaccine requirement questions | At a webinar for Sacramento City Unified School District families, parents had many questions about a looming deadline affecting thousands of students.
  • Unvaccinated couple dies from COVID-19 weeks before their wedding day | Together for years, Luis Suarez and Norma Franco were planning to get married just after Thanksgiving.
  • Little kids can likely read your emotions even when you wear a face mask, study finds | Little kids can often tell how people are feeling, even if that person is wearing a face mask, a new study published Monday found.
  • Racial disparities in kids’ vaccinations are hard to track | The rollout of COVID-19 shots for elementary-age children has exposed another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of youth vaccinations, and community leaders fear that Black and Latino kids are falling behind.
  • California health officials to vaccine providers: Don’t turn away people who want COVID-19 boosters | California health officials say they have simplified the state’s guidance to “empower” more people to get a COVID-19 booster shot after having completed their primary vaccination series.
  • Hundreds protest school COVID-19 vaccine mandate at the California Capitol | Hundreds of demonstrators descended on California’s Capitol on Monday to protest the state’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students.
  • Stanislaus County revokes mask mandate for fully vaccinated people indoors | Stanislaus County’s mask mandate was revoked Monday for some individuals, according to public health officials. This is effective immediately.

How many vaccines have been administered in California?

| MORE | How many doses have been administered by California county, ZIP code

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Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Californians can get their COVID-19 shots at community vaccination sites, doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies.

You can find the state’s latest updates on covid19.ca.gov/vaccines and check the notification tool My Turn for information on eligibility and to schedule appointments. County health department websites are also a great tool for seeing what vaccine options are available. The state also promotes the online tool Vaccine Finder to help in locating a vaccination site near you.

Pharmacy vaccine information:
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Can my child be vaccinated against COVID-19?

In November, the CDC gave the final OK to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.

The kid-sized dose is one-third the size of the adult dose and is administered with a smaller needle. Similar to the adult dosage, eligible kids will need to have two shots that are 21 days apart.

Parents can book appointments for their child on MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255.

| MORE | Click here for more information on pharmacies providing the COVID-19 vaccine for your child

You can also check your county’s health department for more information on upcoming vaccine clinics.

Will I need a booster shot?

California health officials are encouraging all adults to get a COVID-19 booster shot if they completed their primary vaccination series.

It’s a move that has California a step ahead of booster guidance put forth by the federal government. Health officials are concerned about waning immunity and encouraged by the results of a vaccine booster campaign in Israel.

“If you think you will benefit from getting a booster shot, I encourage you to go out and get it,” California Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. “Supply is available.”

The CDC’s guidance for who should get a COVID-19 booster is more limited and outlined as follows for vaccinated individuals.

A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended if you:

  • Received your second dose at least six months ago, and
  • Are 65 or older, or
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, or
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions, or
  • Age 18+ who are at increased risk due to social inequity, or
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

A Johnson & Johnson booster dose is recommended if you:

  • Received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, and
  • Are 18 or older

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What should I know about the vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the FDA?

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines

Hailed as vaccine game-changers for the medical community, health officials say both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are different than any other used for viruses such as the flu, measles or polio.

Those COVID-19 vaccines currently approved under emergency use authorization contain what is called messenger RNA, which is being used to create new types of vaccines to protect against infectious diseases.

According to the CDC, “to trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein — or even just a piece of a protein — that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.”

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

On Feb. 28, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine — the first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine available in the U.S. and is one that “checks nearly all the boxes.”

The vaccine, made by Janssen, J&J’s vaccine arm, was said to be safe and effective, and it’s considered flexible. It’s a single dose, and it doesn’t require special storage.

The vaccine is authorized for people ages 18 and older.

The CDC and the FDA on April 13 said they were investigating several cases of unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets.

As a result, the agencies recommended a “pause” in vaccinations with J&J’s vaccine so investigators could look into the cases.

Health officials said in an update on April 23 they were aware of 15 cases of the unusual clots since the government authorized use of the vaccine and nearly 8 million shots were given. All were women, most of them under 50. Three died, and seven remained hospitalized.

The CDC and FDA lifted the pause, deciding that the vaccine’s benefits outweighed the rare risk of blood clots. They said the risk could be handled with warnings to help younger women decide if they should use that shot or an alternative.

More questions answered with our Get the Facts on the Vax reports

KCRA 3 has taken viewer questions about the vaccine to health experts. If you have other questions, fill out our survey or send us an email at newstips@kcra.com.


Should I get tested for COVID-19? Where can I get a test in California?

Demand for COVID-19 testing in California and across the country has surged as the highly infectious delta variant spreads and proof of a negative test is increasingly being required for travel, admission to entertainment events, job sites and schools.

Testing should be free for individuals with few exceptions at COVID-19 testing sites licensed in California. Health insurance companies are supposed to cover the tests for their members, and the government pays for those who are uninsured.

You can get a COVID-19 test from any provider at any time and should not pay anything, including a co-pay or payment toward a deductible for getting tested.

Click here for what you should know about getting reimbursed if you were charged.

Here is where you can search for a testing site by address, city, county or ZIP code in California. For more information on testing, visit here.

| MORE | What to know about different kinds of COVID-19 tests

| MORE | How to get reimbursed for an at-home COVID-19 test in California


How to protect yourself of COVID-19

Here is where you find the state’s latest information on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

There are six ways to protect yourself and family, according to the California Department of Public Health:

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

• Follow guidance from public health officials.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Per the CDC, these are the symptoms you should watch out for:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

The CDC says to look for emergency warning signs for coronavirus. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Who is most at risk for coronavirus?

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.

— This Associated Press contributed to this report.

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