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Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  The current US Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  86,522,561 total cases … 1,033,591 deaths … and 82,584,531 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  535,515,742 total cases … 6,320,703 fatalities … and 506,549,689 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.9 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66.7 percent are fully vaccinated … 46.9 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose … 23.4 percent of the fully vaccinated US population has received a second vaccine booster dose … and just 29.6 percent of the US population age 65 and older has received the second booster shot.

• From the Wall Street Journal this morning:

"The latest Covid-19 wave in the U.S. has shifted westward, hitting places like the San Francisco area, while pressure eases in recent Northeast hot spots.

"The Western U.S. region, which includes mountain and coastal states, has recently eclipsed the Northeast to have the nation’s highest rate of known cases per 100,000 people, a Wall Street Journal analysis of CDC data shows. Recent increases in parts of the West come amid declines in the Northeast.

"There are now 13 California counties, mainly clustered in the central part of the state, which have high community levels based on case and hospital trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a weekly update Thursday. The agency says people in such places should wear masks in public, indoor settings.  An additional 20 California counties covering roughly 60% of the state population are in the CDC’s medium zone, for which the agency advises people including those recently exposed to others with Covid-19 to wear face coverings. This group includes Los Angeles, the nation’s most populous county with about 10 million people."

The story notes that "highly contagious versions of the Omicron variant have been fueling the latest surge. It began in the Northeast in March, disrupting a recovery from a record-breaking winter wave, and has since spread into other regions. A rising number of Florida counties now have high Covid-19 community levels, CDC data show."