Lowest level: Louisiana currently has the fewest people hospitalized with coronavirus since the pandemic began, WAFB-TV reports. The Louisiana Department of Health reported 271 COVID-19 patients in hospitals Monday. The last time the number of hospitalizations was that low was when LDH first began reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations on March 24, 2020. Read the full story.
Soaring: March U.S. home prices jumped by the most in more than seven years as an increasing number of would-be buyers compete for a dwindling supply of houses. The March S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released this morning, rose 13.3% from a year earlier, the biggest gain since December 2013. That increase followed a surge of 12% in February.The large gains suggest the pandemic has spurred more Americans to seek out the extra room provided by a single-family home. See the report.
Shots for kids: Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S. With global vaccine supplies still tight, much of the world is struggling to vaccinate adults in the quest to end the pandemic. But earlier this month, the U.S. and Canada authorized another vaccine—the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech—to be used starting at age 12. Moderna aims to be next in line, saying it will submit its teen data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other global regulators early next month. Read the full story.