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A Dallas County Health and Human Services nurse completes paperwork after administering a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a county run vaccination site in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

Virus surge breaks hospital records amid rising toll on kids

A Dallas County Health and Human Services nurse completes paperwork after administering a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a county run vaccination site in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

August 26, 2021, 11:25am Health

Kentucky and Texas joined a growing list of states that are seeing record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a surge that is overwhelming doctors and nurses and afflicting more children. Read story

Medical staff move COVID-19 patient who died onto a gurney to hand off to a funeral home van, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The hospital in northwestern Louisiana thought the COVID-19 pandemic was letting up. Then came the ongoing surge caused by the delta variant.

100,000 more COVID deaths seen unless U.S. changes its ways

Medical staff move COVID-19 patient who died onto a gurney to hand off to a funeral home van, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The hospital in northwestern Louisiana thought the COVID-19 pandemic was letting up. Then came the ongoing surge caused by the delta variant.

August 26, 2021, 10:09am Health

The U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths between now and Dec. 1, according to the nation's most closely watched forecasting model. But health experts say that toll could be cut in half if nearly everyone wore a mask in public spaces. Read story

Washington COVID vaccine rule stresses long-term care facilities struggling to keep staff

August 26, 2021, 9:17am Business

As a traveling certified nursing assistant, Amelia Thornton has encountered all types of opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine among workers in Eastern Washington long-term care facilities. Read story

Washington health officials fear more dying due to patient volume

August 25, 2021, 7:55pm Health

SPOKANE — While no figures exist yet, health officials believe the COVID surge in Washington is likely leading to excess deaths when patients who normally would be able to get care are unable to be transferred to hospitals because there are no beds available. Read story

Fu Cong, a Foreign Ministry director general, speaks at a briefing for foreign journalists at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out the senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China.

Experts on WHO team say search for COVID origins has stalled

Fu Cong, a Foreign Ministry director general, speaks at a briefing for foreign journalists at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out the senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China.

August 25, 2021, 1:30pm Health

LONDON — The international scientists dispatched to China by the World Health Organization to find out where the coronavirus came from said Wednesday the search has stalled and warned that the window of opportunity for solving the mystery is “closing fast.” Read story

In this March 2021 photo provided by Pfizer, vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for packaging at the company's facility in Puurs, Belgium. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, the company said it started the application process for U.S. approval of a booster dose of its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine  for people ages 16 and older.

Pfizer seeking FDA OK for COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

In this March 2021 photo provided by Pfizer, vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for packaging at the company's facility in Puurs, Belgium. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, the company said it started the application process for U.S. approval of a booster dose of its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine  for people ages 16 and older.

August 25, 2021, 11:12am Business

Pfizer is seeking U.S. approval of a booster dose of its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine. Read story

Fu Cong, a Foreign Ministry director general, speaks at a briefing for foreign journalists at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out the senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China.

China accuses U.S. of politicizing COVID-19 origins research

Fu Cong, a Foreign Ministry director general, speaks at a briefing for foreign journalists at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out the senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China.

August 25, 2021, 8:16am Health

BEIJING — China went on the offensive Wednesday ahead of the release of a U.S. intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus, bringing out a senior official to accuse the United States of politicizing the issue by seeking to blame China. Read story

J&J says COVID-19 booster shot triggered an antibody surge

August 25, 2021, 8:15am Health

Johnson & Johnson said a booster of its COVID-19 vaccine provided a rapid and strong increase in antibodies, supporting use of a second shot among people who previously received its single-dose immunization. Read story

FILE - In this April 18, 2017 file photo, a woman with Type 2 diabetes prepares to inject herself with insulin at her home in Las Vegas. Overweight or obese Americans should start getting screened for diabetes and prediabetes earlier, at age 35 instead of 40, according to national guidelines updated on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Overweight Americans should have earlier diabetes screening

FILE - In this April 18, 2017 file photo, a woman with Type 2 diabetes prepares to inject herself with insulin at her home in Las Vegas. Overweight or obese Americans should start getting screened for diabetes and prediabetes earlier, at age 35 instead of 40, according to national guidelines updated on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

August 24, 2021, 4:02pm Health

Overweight and obese Americans should start getting screened for diabetes earlier, at age 35 instead of 40, according to updated national guidelines published Tuesday. Read story

FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Bly Fire Camp on the southern edge of the Bootleg Fire, in Klamath County, Ore. People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will be once again be required wear masks in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Masks to be required in Oregon’s outdoor public settings

FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Bly Fire Camp on the southern edge of the Bootleg Fire, in Klamath County, Ore. People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will be once again be required wear masks in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

August 24, 2021, 1:54pm Health

PORTLAND — People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will once again be required to wear masks in most public outdoor settings — including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible — beginning Friday. Read story