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A small group of anti-vaccination protesters gather outside of New York-Presbyterian Hospital on September 1, 2021 in New York City.

Lack of a vaccine mandate becomes competitive advantage in hospital staffing wars

A small group of anti-vaccination protesters gather outside of New York-Presbyterian Hospital on September 1, 2021 in New York City.

September 12, 2021, 6:00am Business

In the rural northeastern corner of Missouri, Scotland County Hospital has been so low on staff that it sometimes had to turn away patients amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Read story

A sign for suicide prevention, photographed on the train platform at Suburban Station in Center City Philadelphia on Oct. 31, 2019.

States have money to spend on mental health, but it may not last

A sign for suicide prevention, photographed on the train platform at Suburban Station in Center City Philadelphia on Oct. 31, 2019.

September 12, 2021, 6:00am Health

DENVER — Colorado’s known as a mecca for healthy, outdoorsy types. Yet a higher share of state residents than the national average struggle with mental illness, suicidal thoughts or heavy drug or alcohol use, according to federal surveys. Read story

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 11, 2021 file photo, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in the Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate health, education, labor, and pensions hearing to examine an update from federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, Marks urged parents to be patient, saying the agency will rapidly evaluate vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds as soon as it gets the needed data.

FDA official hopeful younger kids can get shots this year

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 11, 2021 file photo, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in the Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate health, education, labor, and pensions hearing to examine an update from federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, Marks urged parents to be patient, saying the agency will rapidly evaluate vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds as soon as it gets the needed data.

September 11, 2021, 6:04am Health

The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief said Friday the agency will rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccinations for younger children as soon as it gets the needed data — and won't cut corners. Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in Santa Ana, Calif. New U.S. studies released on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 show COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective, especially against hospitalizations and death, even against the extra-contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Jae C.

CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in Santa Ana, Calif. New U.S. studies released on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 show COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective, especially against hospitalizations and death, even against the extra-contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Jae C.

September 10, 2021, 3:10pm Health

New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death even as the extra-contagious delta variant swept the country. Read story

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Blaine Woodcock, a critical care nurse, provides care to a COVID-positive patient Monday at Kootenai Health regional medical center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Sgt. kaden d. pitt/DVIDS U.S.

In hard-hit Idaho, schools add to virus risk

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Blaine Woodcock, a critical care nurse, provides care to a COVID-positive patient Monday at Kootenai Health regional medical center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (Sgt. kaden d. pitt/DVIDS U.S.

September 9, 2021, 6:33pm Health

BOISE, Idaho — When Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care, roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were packing lunches, climbing on buses or grabbing backpacks for their first day of school. Read story

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, a researcher holds vape pens in a laboratory in Portland, Ore. On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, U.S. health officials delayed a high-stakes decision on whether to permit best selling vaping brand Juul to stay on the market, while ordering thousands of other electronic cigarettes off store shelves.

FDA delays decision on e-cigarettes from Juul

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, a researcher holds vape pens in a laboratory in Portland, Ore. On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, U.S. health officials delayed a high-stakes decision on whether to permit best selling vaping brand Juul to stay on the market, while ordering thousands of other electronic cigarettes off store shelves.

September 9, 2021, 5:33pm Business

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Thursday delayed a high-stakes decision on whether to permit bestselling vaping brand Juul to stay on the market, while banning the sale of thousands of other electronic cigarettes. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that starting next week, the state’s indoor mask mandate will be expanded to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

Washington state to require masks for large outdoor events

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that starting next week, the state’s indoor mask mandate will be expanded to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

September 9, 2021, 2:51pm Health

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that starting next week, the state’s indoor mask mandate will be expanded to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Read story

‘We should not be overly concerned’ about mu variant of coronavirus, Washington state and local health officials say

September 9, 2021, 7:31am Health

While the mu variant of the coronavirus has continued to slowly spread throughout the world over the last several months — including in 49 U.S. states — local and state health officials say Washingtonians shouldn’t be too concerned at this point. Read story

Ivermectin calls to Washington Poison Center triple

September 8, 2021, 7:49pm Health

SEATTLE — Demand for ivermectin has increased nationwide, despite health agencies’ warnings about the dangers of consuming it for non-FDA-approved purposes. No evidence has been found that the drug is effective in preventing or treating COVID-19. Read story

Protesters gather in front of Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville, Mich., Tuesday. Sept. 7, 2021, to protest recent COVID-19 mask mandates.

COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

Protesters gather in front of Lakeshore High School, in Stevensville, Mich., Tuesday. Sept. 7, 2021, to protest recent COVID-19 mask mandates.

September 8, 2021, 1:12pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were last March. Read story