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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

A R.N. holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.  More then half of the patients in the ICU are COVID-19 positive, none of which are vaccinated.

Idaho patients in hospital halls amid COVID rationed care

A R.N. holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.  More then half of the patients in the ICU are COVID-19 positive, none of which are vaccinated.

September 8, 2021, 12:10pm Health

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's move to “crisis standards of care” is allowing some hospitals to ration health care as they struggle with an onslaught of coronavirus patients, and officials are warning the procedures could spread statewide. But the main hospital affected by the designation was already operating under extreme conditions,… Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

September 8, 2021, 8:49am Health

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding an earlier request that has largely fallen on deaf ears. Read story

Court weighs drug distributor’s insurance coverage fight

September 8, 2021, 7:54am Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company’s fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Read story

‘A lot of these people are not going to make it,’ official warns as Washington COVID hospitalizations continue rising

September 8, 2021, 7:34am Health

While recent state data is still preliminary, early reports show COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state are up after the Labor Day weekend, pushing hospital leaders to continue their plea for residents to mask up, get vaccinated and be wary of mass gatherings. Read story

Jessay Martin, 68, from left, Robert Reeves, 78, Michael Peterson, 65, and William Lyons, 77, in Cathedral City, Calif., in November 2020. The four friends, known as the Old Gays, are among a growing number of seniors making names for themselves on social media.

‘Grandfluencers’ find a following

Jessay Martin, 68, from left, Robert Reeves, 78, Michael Peterson, 65, and William Lyons, 77, in Cathedral City, Calif., in November 2020. The four friends, known as the Old Gays, are among a growing number of seniors making names for themselves on social media.

September 7, 2021, 6:00am Health

NEW YORK — Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble. Read story

Sleep vital to health of aging brain

September 7, 2021, 6:00am Health

A new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology suggests that the length of sleep time by adults could play a major role in their brain health, including the prevention of early on-set dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Read story