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FILE - In this May 2, 2021, file photo, Austin Kennedy, left, a Seattle Sounders season ticket holder, gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in a concourse at Lumen Field in Seattle, prior to an MLS soccer match between the Sounders and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Washington and Oregon have led Oregon officials to move toward further restrictions. Washington is taking a two-week pause to evaluate before making a decision.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington worker vaccination increases ahead of mandate deadline

FILE - In this May 2, 2021, file photo, Austin Kennedy, left, a Seattle Sounders season ticket holder, gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in a concourse at Lumen Field in Seattle, prior to an MLS soccer match between the Sounders and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Washington and Oregon have led Oregon officials to move toward further restrictions. Washington is taking a two-week pause to evaluate before making a decision.  (AP Photo/Ted S.

September 28, 2021, 1:48pm Health

OLYMPIA — As a crucial deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate approaches, state data shows that vaccination numbers for Washington state workers subject to the requirement are about 20 percent higher than earlier this month. Read story

In March, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center nurse Tammy Patterson puts on gloves in preparation to enter the hospital's isolation unit  where COVID-19 patients are treated.

Washington’s COVID hospitalizations drop, but optimism is measured: ‘I just don’t know what the winter will bring’

In March, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center nurse Tammy Patterson puts on gloves in preparation to enter the hospital's isolation unit  where COVID-19 patients are treated.

September 28, 2021, 7:38am Health

While COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to drop in Washington, state hospital leaders said Monday they’re wary of feeling too optimistic because of so much uncertainty about what the pandemic — and flu season — will bring this winter. Read story

Are plant-based burgers really better for your health?

September 28, 2021, 6:05am Health

Plant-based burgers have soared in popularity over the past couple of years. Are these meat alternatives healthier for you than the real thing? Introducing more plant-based foods in your diet is a good thing, says Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist, but pay attention to the ingredients. Read story

Don’t wash meats before cooking

September 28, 2021, 6:04am Health

When it comes to food safety in the kitchen, it’s important to keep your work area clean from bacteria and the possibility of cross-contamination. It’s best to use hot, soapy water to wash utensils, cutting boards and other surfaces you use, especially when handling raw meat and poultry. Read story

A sign directs traffic to a drive-thru flu shot station Nov. 10 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. It's now flu season, and its symptoms resemble COVID-19's.

Is it the flu or COVID? Here’s how you can tell

A sign directs traffic to a drive-thru flu shot station Nov. 10 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. It's now flu season, and its symptoms resemble COVID-19's.

September 28, 2021, 6:02am Health

CHICAGO — As we lurch into fall and then winter, we also say hello to flu season, which starts in early to mid-September. Read story

Mashariki Kudumu, maternal and infant health director for the March of Dimes in Los Angeles, talks about her work to improve outcomes for Black women and babies on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. Kudumu, a cosponsor of the "Momnibus" bill,  understands from personal experience the imperative to improve outcomes for Black women and babies. She is also a doula, who helps low-income women in particular. Doulas do not deliver babies, but they are trained to assist and advocate for women in pregnancy and during and after birth.

California bill aims to reduce deaths for Black mothers

Mashariki Kudumu, maternal and infant health director for the March of Dimes in Los Angeles, talks about her work to improve outcomes for Black women and babies on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. Kudumu, a cosponsor of the "Momnibus" bill,  understands from personal experience the imperative to improve outcomes for Black women and babies. She is also a doula, who helps low-income women in particular. Doulas do not deliver babies, but they are trained to assist and advocate for women in pregnancy and during and after birth.

September 27, 2021, 9:16am Health

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has among the lowest death rates nationally among pregnant women and new mothers, but the numbers for Black mothers tell a different story. Read story

About one in five elderly people don't have supportive family members nearby, according to a recent analysis.

For older adults in Northwest, isolation can lead to overwhelming loneliness

About one in five elderly people don't have supportive family members nearby, according to a recent analysis.

September 25, 2021, 1:30pm Health

SEATTLE — Kay, 81, didn’t hug anyone for months. Richard, 67, started drinking heavily, ending six years of sobriety. Kathy, 82, would read news stories out loud — then remember no one was around to listen. Read story

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington.

Biden urges COVID-19 booster shots for those now eligible

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington.

September 24, 2021, 11:03am Health

President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the extra doses for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans. Read story

Washington state analyzed two COVID scenarios for fall. One is much worse than the other

September 24, 2021, 10:25am Health

SEATTLE — COVID-19 hospitalization and transmission rates are likely to remain at high levels through the fall, despite slight declines since peaks in August, according to new projections by the state Department of Health. Read story

Medical providers challenge only U.S. law banning vaccine mandates

September 23, 2021, 1:27pm Business

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. Read story