By GILLIAN FLACCUS, CHRISTOPHER WEBER and TERRY TANG
Two years after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, changing the world overnight, relief and hope are creeping back in after a long, dark period of loss, fear and deep uncertainty about the future.
In a statement, WHO said its expert group concluded that immunization with authorized COVID-19 vaccines provide high levels of protection against severe disease and death amid the global circulation of the hugely contagious omicron variant.
Officials in many large cities, such as Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have said they'll keep mask rules for now, either until vaccination rates improve among their students, or they can work out agreements with teachers unions, which have been among those most vocal about keeping the mandates in place.
The first-of-its-kind Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Taskforce released recommendations for collaborative policy, programming and systemic change to protect communities of color from the spread of COVID-19 and create change.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued updated quarantine recommendations for schools in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among school-aged children while also reducing disruptions to in-person learning.