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Clark County has a memorial for people of color lost to COVID-19

May 7, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

When Karen Morrison envisions a memorial, she thinks about the permanence of plants and trees, and how nature can outlive humans. Read story

COVID-19 death toll is more than double the official count, UW analysis suggests

May 7, 2021, 7:42am Health

A new analysis from scientists at the University of Washington suggests 6.9 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, more than double the official death toll. Read story

A patient is treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2020, in Colton, California.

‘Clash of 2 pandemics’: Doctors find that COVID-19 spurs diabetes

A patient is treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2020, in Colton, California.

May 9, 2021, 1:45pm Health

When Ziyad Al-Aly’s research team told him how often diabetes appeared to strike COVID-19 survivors, he thought the data must be wrong, so he asked his five colleagues to crunch the numbers again. Read story

Scientists see path for the coronavirus to invade the brain

May 9, 2021, 10:59am Health

Scientists experimenting in the lab have found that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is capable of infecting two types of brain cells — neurons and astrocytes. Read story

COVID-19 forecasters warn India deaths may double in coming weeks

May 9, 2021, 10:55am Health

The coronavirus wave that plunged India into the world’s biggest health crisis has the potential to worsen in the coming weeks, with some research models projecting that the death toll could more than double from current levels. Read story

Clark County to gain new long-term psychiatric care facility in 2023

May 9, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

After years of pleas from mental health advocates, Clark County is set to have a local long-term psychiatric care facility. 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.

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Two new Clark County COVID-19 deaths reported

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May 7, 2021, 10:54am Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths and 97 new COVID-19 cases Friday morning, as case counts remain high. Read story

FILE - In this May 4, 2021, file photo, a container with boxes of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is delivered at the Sarajevo Airport, Bosnia. The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday, May 7, the U.S. administration's call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most "critical issue," as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more pressing priority.

WTO chief: Vaccine waiver helpful, not key for virus fight

FILE - In this May 4, 2021, file photo, a container with boxes of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is delivered at the Sarajevo Airport, Bosnia. The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday, May 7, the U.S. administration's call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most "critical issue," as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more pressing priority.

May 7, 2021, 9:46am Health

GENEVA — The head of the World Trade Organization said Friday the U.S. administration’s call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines could help expand fair access to vaccines but might not be the most “critical issue,” as officials in Europe increasingly insisted that more vaccine exports are the more… Read story

Dr. Michelle Lee, left, a radiology resident, and Ida Chen, right, a physician assistant student, prepare posters they carry at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in New York's Chinatown. Lee, who is Korean-born, and Chen, who is American-born Chinese, join medical professionals of Asian and Pacific Island descent who feel the anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it.

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

Dr. Michelle Lee, left, a radiology resident, and Ida Chen, right, a physician assistant student, prepare posters they carry at rallies protesting anti-Asian hate, Saturday April 24, 2021, in New York's Chinatown. Lee, who is Korean-born, and Chen, who is American-born Chinese, join medical professionals of Asian and Pacific Island descent who feel the anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it.

May 7, 2021, 8:32am Health

NEW YORK — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn’t avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Read story

Western, Central Washington universities to require vaccines

May 6, 2021, 3:48pm Health

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University in Bellingham and Central Washington University in Ellensburg will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when in-person classes begin this fall. Read story