The Delta variant of COVID and continuing high unemployment are blocking the state's economic recovery, even as federal assistance programs come to a halt.
"We're just kind of holding our breath," said one exhausted California nurse. "Is this going to be even more severe than before?"
Politicians may refuse to demand proof of COVID-19 vaccinations—but small businesses are going where the government won't.
California leaders fumbled the chance to help communities with low vaccination rates. Is it too late to keep the pandemic from accelerating?
Twice before, the state experienced the dark consequences of reopening too soon and under either confusing or contradictory advice, in May 2020 and again in the late fall and early winter—a miscalculation that led to California's highest monthly COVID death total.
Insurance companies found a way to make record profits during a pandemic: Sell you a product too expensive to use.
Politics, vaccine hesitancy and COVID fatigue have become significant factors in the Pacific Northwest—and may hold lessons for the rest of the U.S.
Because it's a single shot, it makes sense for the new J&J vaccine to go to underserved, hard-to-reach communities. But the lopsided vaccine rollout has created a dangerous perception problem.
Governor Gavin Newsom's "Golden State Stimulus" might not be enough for those whose jobs were destroyed by the pandemic's effect on tourism.