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PeaceHealth to require vaccinations for workers

August 3, 2021, 12:29pm Clark County Health

Vancouver-based medical provider PeaceHealth has reversed its policy and will require its caregivers to receive a COVID-19 immunization. Read story

Washington sees 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 in recent days

August 3, 2021, 4:07pm Health

Washington has seen an average of 1,500 new cases a day of COVID-19 over the past four days, and health officials said Tuesday they are concerned about not only a… Read story

A droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I., in 2020.

Nursing home to workers: Get the vaccination or lose your job

A droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I., in 2020.

August 4, 2021, 8:31pm Health

NEW YORK — The U.S. nursing home industry’s resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs. Read story

A nurse takes swab samples in the new rounds of Covid-19 testing in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. China's worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago escalated Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 with dozens more cases around the country, the sealing-off of one city and the punishment of its local leaders.

China seals city as its worst virus outbreak in a year grows

A nurse takes swab samples in the new rounds of Covid-19 testing in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. China's worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago escalated Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 with dozens more cases around the country, the sealing-off of one city and the punishment of its local leaders.

August 4, 2021, 8:16am Health

BEIJING — China’s worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago escalated Wednesday with dozens more cases around the country, the sealing-off of one city and the punishment of its local leaders. Read story

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends the Bastille Day military parade, in Paris.  The head of the World Health Organization has appealed Wednesday Aug. 4, 2021, for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines, to ensure doses are available in countries where few people have yet received their first shots.

Head of UN health agency seeks vaccine booster moratorium

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends the Bastille Day military parade, in Paris.  The head of the World Health Organization has appealed Wednesday Aug. 4, 2021, for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines, to ensure doses are available in countries where few people have yet received their first shots.

August 4, 2021, 8:16am Health

GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. Read story

COVID surge hits Oregon hospitals hard

August 3, 2021, 6:54pm Health

PORTLAND — As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Oregon, some counties — most where less than half of the area’s adult population is vaccinated — are experiencing their highest hospitalization numbers during the pandemic. 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.

A group waits to get a COVID-19 test, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Federal health officials say Florida has reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine.

DeSantis won’t move on masks as Florida COVID wards swell

A group waits to get a COVID-19 test, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. Federal health officials say Florida has reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine.

August 3, 2021, 2:05pm Health

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions. Read story

FILE - In this March 9, 2021 file photo,  Solutions Oriented Addiction Response organizer Brooke Parker displays an HIV testing kit in Charleston, W.Va.  Under the recommendations of an investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released Tuesday, Aug.

CDC calls for more syringe access in WVa county hit by HIV

FILE - In this March 9, 2021 file photo,  Solutions Oriented Addiction Response organizer Brooke Parker displays an HIV testing kit in Charleston, W.Va.  Under the recommendations of an investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released Tuesday, Aug.

August 3, 2021, 8:41am Health

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — People who inject drugs in West Virginia’s largest county should have expanded access to sterile syringes, testing and treatment in response to one of the nation’s highest spikes of HIV cases, according to federal and state recommendations released Tuesday. Read story

Preston Browning at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Smokers told it’s never too late to quit

Preston Browning at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

August 3, 2021, 6:00am Health

When cancer patients stop smoking, they heal faster, experience fewer side effects from treatment and lower their chances of tumors returning. Now, top cancer hospitals are helping patients quit as evidence mounts that it’s never too late. Read story

Researchers seek possible COVID, Alzheimer’s overlap

August 3, 2021, 6:00am Health

Researchers are trying to unravel why some COVID-19 survivors suffer “brain fog” and other problems that can last for months, and new findings suggest some worrisome overlaps with Alzheimer’s disease. Read story