SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested negative for the coronavirus.
The governor’s office said Newsom was tested on Wednesday after someone in the governor’s office tested positive. The staff member who tested positive had not interacted with Newsom or anyone else who often sees the governor.
The governor’s office said Newsom took the test out of “an abundance of caution.”
Newsom said Wednesday that he has been tested many times and has always been negative. California has reported more than 834,000 coronavirus cases and more than 16,300 deaths.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— Washington DC health department asks Rose Garden attendees to get tested
— Paris hospitals on emergency footing as ICUs fill with coronavirus patients
— Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?
— President Trump says he’s ready to hold campaign rallies, credits an experimental drug treatment with helping recovery from COVID-19.
— Coronavirus infections in Ukraine began surging in late summer, hospitals are ‘catastrophically short of doctors.’
— The NFL’s Tennessee Titans had another positive test, bringing the team’s outbreak of COVID-19 to 23.
— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
BEIJING __ China, which has four coronavirus vaccine candidates in the last stage of clinical trials, announced Friday that it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX.
The country signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the alliance, on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Initially, China did not agree to join the alliance, missing the global deadline to join in September.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement that “we are taking this concrete step to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to developing countries and hope more capable countries will also join and support COVAX.”
The alliance is designed so that richer countries agree to buy into potential vaccines and help finance access for poorer ones. The Trump administration in the U.S. had declined to join the alliance.
The exact terms of the agreement and how China will contribute are not yet clear. .
HARTFORD, Conn. — Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force says she is concerned about the uptick in coronavirus cases in the Northeast.
She said Thursday at the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus that a “very different” kind of spread is happening now.
She says it’s not happening in the workplace so much because people are taking precautions. She says more people are becoming infected because of indoor family gatherings and social events as the weather cools.
She says that was a lesson learned in the South during the summer when people went indoors for air conditioning.
BOISE, Idaho — The number of Idaho residents collecting unemployment dropped for the 22nd consecutive week as the state’s reopened economy continues recovering, while at the same time coronavirus pandemic deaths hit 500.
The Idaho Department of Labor said Thursday that the number