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Team at PeaceHealth’s Level II trauma center provides safety net

February 28, 2020, 6:01am Clark County Health

When Dr. Tracy Timmons worked as a trauma surgeon in Baltimore, she didn’t have much time for chatting with patients. Read story

Washington will begin testing for COVID-19

February 28, 2020, 8:30am Health

SPOKANE -- Testing for the novel coronavirus is now available in Washington at the public health lab in Shoreline, shortening the turnaround time for results. Read story

Two new coronavirus cases in Washington

February 28, 2020, 8:36pm Health

SEATTLE — Washington state health officials announced two new coronavirus cases Friday night, a woman who had recently traveled to South Korea and a teenager whose high school basketball team is scheduled to play Skyview High School on Saturday at Battle Ground High School. Read story

Oregon has first coronavirus case: elementary school employee

February 28, 2020, 7:48pm Health

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s first coronavirus case emerged on Friday, and the infected person worked at an elementary school in the Portland area, which will be temporarily closed, authorities said. Read story

Oregon ramps up coronavirus preparation, faces challenges

February 28, 2020, 2:02pm Health

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon ramped up efforts Friday to combat a possible outbreak of coronavirus and state health officials said potential challenges include closing schools, businesses and events, and sustained shortages of medical supplies. Read story

Vaccine clinical trials set in Seattle

February 28, 2020, 6:01am Health

The first clinical trials for a vaccine targeting the new coronavirus will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. 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.

More high school students are coming out

February 28, 2020, 5:20am Health

PHILADELPHIA — The proportion of high school students who identify as a sexual minority — lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning— doubled in the past several years, according to a new study published Monday. Read story

New U.S. coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

February 27, 2020, 1:44pm Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and federal officials were in the midst of an intense effort Thursday to retrace the movements of a Northern California woman believed to be the first person in the U.S. to contract the highly contagious coronavirus with no known connection to travel abroad or other known causes. Read story

Stronger cigarette warnings likely to renew legal challenges

February 27, 2020, 9:18am Health

WASHINGTON — By mid-March, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to require cigarette packs to carry stark images depicting the health consequences of smoking, but legal challenges are likely to slow the rule from taking effect more than a decade after Congress first called for it. Read story

Virus forges on, as world hunts solutions

February 27, 2020, 8:52am Health

One by one, more and more countries are reporting cases of the new coronavirus. Governments and doctors on the front lines are scrambling for solutions and everyday life around the globe is being disrupted in a manner that's not been seen in recent times. Read story