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Inslee warns of 4th COVID-19 wave in Washington

April 15, 2021, 3:18pm Health

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday warned that Washington state was on the cusp of a fourth COVID-19 wave with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. Read story

Clark County COVID-19 cases jumped by 30.4 percent this week

April 16, 2021, 1:40pm Clark County Health

Confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped by 30.4 percent this week in Clark County as the disease continues to rebound from lows in early March, according to Clark County Public Health. Read story

Young people driving another COVID-19 surge in Pierce County, health officials say

April 17, 2021, 9:13pm Health

Apr. 17—Pierce County is grappling with another COVID-19 case surge as it reverts to Phase 2 and as the larger population becomes eligible for vaccinations. Read story

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2019 file photo shows a Peloton logo on the company's stationary bicycle in San Francisco.   Safety regulators are warning people with kids and pets to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and nearly 40 others were injured. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Saturday, April 17, 2021, that it received reports of children and a pet being pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.

After child dies, U.S. regulator warns about Peloton treadmill

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2019 file photo shows a Peloton logo on the company's stationary bicycle in San Francisco.   Safety regulators are warning people with kids and pets to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and nearly 40 others were injured. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Saturday, April 17, 2021, that it received reports of children and a pet being pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.

April 17, 2021, 8:58pm Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and nearly 40 others were injured. Read story

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

April 17, 2021, 12:49pm Health

RIO DE JANEIRO — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. Read story

President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington.

U.S. setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington.

April 16, 2021, 8:26am Health

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave, the Biden administration announced Friday. 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.

Health Worker Report

April 15, 2021, 3:25pm Clark County Business

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 cases continue surge as vaccine opportunities expand

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April 15, 2021, 1:21pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 84 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Thursday as Washington opened up its vaccination program to anyone age 16 or older. Read story

AP sources: Tool behind crackdown on opioids could expire

April 15, 2021, 8:19am Health

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has been slow-walking its work on the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that’s helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Read story

COVID-19 tests provide crucial clues about how to fight coronavirus, but they’ve fallen in Washington state

April 15, 2021, 7:56am Health

Coronavirus testing got off to a disastrous start last year, putting the nation in a position of playing catch-up to the pandemic. Read story