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Washington hospital execs say there is little capacity to help Idaho

September 13, 2021, 4:58pm Health

SEATTLE — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet -- an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C.

FDA experts among group opposing U.S. booster shot plan

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet -- an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C.

September 13, 2021, 10:06am Health

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal. Read story

Olympia resident and state employee William Baker along with concerned citizens gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash.

Ploy or legitimate tactic? Group promotes religious exemption to Washington’s vaccine mandates

Olympia resident and state employee William Baker along with concerned citizens gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash.

September 13, 2021, 6:02am Health

Hundreds of Washingtonians are looking for a way to skirt state COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and one Gig Harbor-based organization led by a Washington State Patrol chaplain is willing to help. Read story

They suffered through COVID-19 and still don’t want the vaccine

September 12, 2021, 6:12am Health

When Eric Grunor contracted COVID-19 in January, he became so ill that he struggled to get off the couch. One night, he awoke at 3 a.m., winded, barely able to talk and so fatigued he could hardly lift his head. Read story

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