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U.S. surgeon general tests positive for coronavirus

Vivek H. Murthy in 2021. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg)

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy announced Friday that he and his immediate family had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We’ve tried to be safe but it’s tough when your kids are sick,” Murthy tweeted. “You want to comfort them when they’re unwell. That often requires being close physically.”

Murthy on Tuesday said his 4-year-old daughter had tested positive, and on Friday, he tweeted an update: “My 5 year old son, my wife Alice, and I have all tested positive for COVID-19,” all with mild symptoms.

Murthy, his wife and son were vaccinated and boosted, he said.

Murthy co-chaired President Biden’s coronavirus advisory board during the presidential transition and previously served as surgeon general under President Barack Obama. He has been an active supporter of public health guidance on masks, vaccines and social distancing.

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  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Thursday that the state will treat the coronavirus as a manageable risk, marking a new phase of its pandemic response. Newsom said the plan is meeting public fatigue with health mitigation measures.
  • Police in Ottawa on Thursday evening arrested two key organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” protests that have brought Canada’s capital to a standstill, and ramped up efforts Friday morning to disperse the illegal demonstrations and arrest holdouts.
  • A pair of new whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission allege Facebook misled investors about its efforts to combat climate change and covid-19 misinformation, according to redacted copies of the documents viewed by The Washington Post.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Thursday that the state will treat the coronavirus as a manageable risk, marking a new phase of its pandemic response. Newsom said the plan is meeting public fatigue with health mitigation measures.
Police in Ottawa on Thursday evening arrested two key organizers of the “Freedom Convoy” protests that have brought Canada’s capital to a standstill, and ramped up efforts Friday morning to disperse the illegal demonstrations and arrest holdouts.
A pair of new whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission allege Facebook misled investors about its efforts to combat climate change and covid-19 misinformation, according to redacted copies of the documents viewed by The Washington Post.

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