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Oregon medical group Praxis Health buys Northwest Medical Associates in east Vancouver

January 27, 2022, 6:27pm Business

Praxis Health, Oregon’s largest independent medical group, acquired a 35-year-old Vancouver clinic this month, marking the group’s first expansion into Washington. Read story

Free N95 masks coming to Washington pharmacies and grocery stores

January 28, 2022, 7:50am Health

Free N95 masks will soon be available at multiple pharmacies and grocery stores in Washington, with some locations already offering masks as early as Thursday. Read story

FILE - Jose Alfrtedo De la Cruz and his wife, Rogelia, self-test for COVID-19 at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through event provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation for the City of Whittier community and the surrounding areas at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.  Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall's delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks.

Omicron drives U.S. deaths higher than in fall’s delta wave

FILE - Jose Alfrtedo De la Cruz and his wife, Rogelia, self-test for COVID-19 at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through event provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation for the City of Whittier community and the surrounding areas at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.  Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall's delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks.

January 28, 2022, 2:17pm Health

Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the country, is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall's delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks. Read story

A truck with a public awareness notice on the omicron coronavirus variant moves though a busy shopping street Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Tokyo.

EXPLAINER: What’s known about ‘stealth’ version of omicron?

A truck with a public awareness notice on the omicron coronavirus variant moves though a busy shopping street Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Tokyo.

January 28, 2022, 11:54am Health

Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on a descendant of the omicron variant that has been found in more than 50 countries, including the United States. Read story

Registered nurses Wendy Stephens, left, and Joe Fistolera join colleagues in wearing masks while working in the short stay unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver.

Sen. Annette Cleveland bill seeks hazard pay for health care workers

Registered nurses Wendy Stephens, left, and Joe Fistolera join colleagues in wearing masks while working in the short stay unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver.

January 27, 2022, 5:10pm Clark County Health

With hospitals and medical providers reporting continuing staff shortages, state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, has proposed legislation to give hazard pay retention bonuses to some health care workers. Read story

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Clark County reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths, a record number

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January 27, 2022, 2:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 28 new deaths due to COVID-19 this week, the most reported in a seven-day period since the pandemic began. Read story

Confronting Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness

Each year, more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, including thousands of women in Washington. In honor of their fight — and as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — The Columbian published this collection of stories about the women who have received breast cancer diagnoses, the science and technological advances for treating them and the community that supports them.

The healthcare.gov website is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Fort Washington, Md. Some 14.5 million Americans got health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, President Joe Biden said Thursday.

Biden says 14.5M get health care under Obama law, with help

The healthcare.gov website is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Fort Washington, Md. Some 14.5 million Americans got health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, President Joe Biden said Thursday.

January 27, 2022, 7:37am Health

President Joe Biden said Thursday that 14.5 million Americans got private health insurance for this year under the Obama-era health law, thanks to help from his administration. Read story

A sign tells customers that they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store in Indianapolis.

Washington: 3 flu-related deaths amid moderate flu activity

A sign tells customers that they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store in Indianapolis.

January 27, 2022, 7:33am Health

Three people have died in Washington after testing positive for the flu amid flu activity that has risen to moderate levels in the state, state health officials said Wednesday. Read story

"Capitol and capitol mall in Olympia, WA."

Washington Legislature OKs pause to long-term care program and tax

"Capitol and capitol mall in Olympia, WA."

January 26, 2022, 7:53pm Health

The Washington state Legislature on Wednesday fast-tracked a delay of the implementation of a long-term care program — and the payroll tax that pays for it — to address solvency concerns and other issues raised about the first-in-the-nation defined benefit. Read story

A screenshot from the Clark County Board of Health meeting on Jan. 26.

Hospital reps urge Clark County Board of Health to support vaccines, maskingvideo icon

A screenshot from the Clark County Board of Health meeting on Jan. 26.

January 26, 2022, 6:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County hospitals are still struggling to meet the demands brought on by the pandemic, and specifically the surge in omicron cases. That was the message physicians and officials from the county’s hospitals delivered to the Clark County Board of Health Wednesday morning. Read story