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New COVID numbers by county

County Cases Date range
Benton County 42 March 11-17
Franklin County 164 March 11-17
Yakima County 19 As of March 25

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A new omicron mutant that is a descendent of the earlier “stealth omicron” has quickly gained ground in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it was responsible for 29% of new COVID-19 infections nationally last week. In the New York region, it caused about 58% of reported new infections. It's also been detected in at least 13 other countries. Scientists say it spreads even faster than the super contagious stealth omicron and are now trying to figure out how effective vaccines are against it. Read more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is taking steps to expand availability of the life-saving COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid, as it seeks to reassure doctors that there is ample supply for people at high risk of severe illness or death from the virus. Read more

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais and third base coach Manny Acta have both tested positive for COVID-19 and will be away from the team beginning with Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. First base coach Kristopher Negrón will serve as the acting manager. Negrón managed Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate last season before joining the major league staff this year. Seattle is experiencing a growing number of COVID-19 cases impacting the franchise. Outfielder Mitch Haniger and catcher Luis Torrens are on the COVID-19 injured list. Servais said Tuesday that several other staff members had tested positive in recent days.   Read more

Johnson & Johnson is suspending sales forecasts for its COVID-19 vaccine only a few months after saying the shot could bring in as much as $3.5 billion this year. The health care giant said Tuesday that a supply surplus and demand uncertainty prompted the move. J&J’s one-shot vaccine brought in $457 million in global sales during the first quarter, with most of that coming from outside the United States. The vaccine brought in only $75 million in U.S. sales. That's less than what it rang up after debuting in last year’s quarter. The company also reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit and announced a dividend increase.  Read more

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