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Clark County Council Chair Quiring O’Brien challenges scientific consensus on masks

September 23, 2020, 10:33pm Clark County Health

As COVID-19 rates increase in Clark County, one of the county’s top officials pushed back against broad scientific consensus and challenged public health efforts promoting the use of face coverings… Read story

2 Prairie High School staffers test positive for coronavirus

September 23, 2020, 7:21pm Clark County Health

Two staff members at Prairie High School were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. No students were exposed. Read story

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Clark County adds 26 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Thursday

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September 24, 2020, 1:04pm Clark County Health

Clark County recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Thursday, as research showed that people are most commonly catching the disease within their own household or at small private social gatherings. Read story

University of Washington to test smartphone app that tells you if you were exposed to the coronavirus

September 24, 2020, 11:30am Business

This fall, the University of Washington plans to test smartphone technology that tells users if they may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Read story

The hospitality management school 'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne' pictured in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for 2,500 students at a hospitality management school after a 'significant outbreaks' of COVID-19 turned up.

Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school

The hospitality management school 'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne' pictured in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for 2,500 students at a hospitality management school after a 'significant outbreaks' of COVID-19 turned up.

September 24, 2020, 9:08am Health

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Swiss authorities ordered 2,500 students at an elite hospitality management school to quarantine themselves due to a coronavirus outbreak allegedly linked to off-campus partying, the latest back-to-school sign of higher education’s place in the pandemic. Read story

This graphic from Clark County Public Health shows an age breakdown of new COVID-19 cases by age group.

Clark County adds 34 new COVID-19 cases, second fatality of the week

This graphic from Clark County Public Health shows an age breakdown of new COVID-19 cases by age group.

September 23, 2020, 12:11pm Clark County Health

Clark County recorded 34 new COVID-19 cases and one new fatality in data released Wednesday by Clark County Public Health. Read story

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.

Single-dose vaccine tested as U.S. experts say no corners cut

September 23, 2020, 8:51am Health

WASHINGTON — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves. Read story

FILE - In this April 29, 2020, file photo, workers move bodies to a refrigerated truck from the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. During the deadliest days of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the bodies piled up at the funeral home -- and the stench that came with it -- at an alarming rate. Cleckley says what happened next made him the scapegoat for an unforeseen crisis -- hundreds of COVID-19 deaths a day in New York that overwhelmed funeral homes across the city. Authorities swept in and suspended his license in an episode that made headlines in a city already reeling from other horrors of the pandemic.

‘Unfathomable’: U.S. death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

FILE - In this April 29, 2020, file photo, workers move bodies to a refrigerated truck from the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. During the deadliest days of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the bodies piled up at the funeral home -- and the stench that came with it -- at an alarming rate. Cleckley says what happened next made him the scapegoat for an unforeseen crisis -- hundreds of COVID-19 deaths a day in New York that overwhelmed funeral homes across the city. Authorities swept in and suspended his license in an episode that made headlines in a city already reeling from other horrors of the pandemic.

September 22, 2020, 1:07pm Health

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis. Read story

Kindergarten teacher Pam Younkin, center, leads students at the start of class at Sifton Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon. Transmission rates in Clark County are again too high for a widespread return to the classroom. While small groups like this are considered safe, state health guidelines recommend that schools with high rates of COVID-19 activity continue virtual learning.

Clark County COVID-19 activity surges, dashing hopes for fast return to classroom

Kindergarten teacher Pam Younkin, center, leads students at the start of class at Sifton Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon. Transmission rates in Clark County are again too high for a widespread return to the classroom. While small groups like this are considered safe, state health guidelines recommend that schools with high rates of COVID-19 activity continue virtual learning.

September 22, 2020, 12:16pm Clark County Health

Clark County's COVID-19 activity rate has drifted back into the "high" range, dashing hopes for a return to more in-person classes in area schools. Read story

Candidates for Legislature invited to speak about disability issues

September 22, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Health

Candidates running for the state Legislature have been invited to participate in a series of forums focused on issues impacting people with disabilities. Read story