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Two visitors peer into the room of a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, as a nurse dons full protective gear before going into the room of another patient. The hospitalization rate of unvaccinated COVID-19 is breaking records and squeezing hospital capacity, with several running out of room to take more patients.

Oregon, once a virus success story, struggles with surge

Two visitors peer into the room of a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, as a nurse dons full protective gear before going into the room of another patient. The hospitalization rate of unvaccinated COVID-19 is breaking records and squeezing hospital capacity, with several running out of room to take more patients.

August 23, 2021, 12:25pm Health

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon was once the poster child for limiting the spread of the coronavirus, after its Democratic governor imposed some of the nation’s strictest safety measures, including mask mandates indoors and outdoors, limits on gatherings and an order closing restaurants. Read story

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. The U.S. will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to share through the COVAX alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. President Joe Biden was set to make the announcement Thursday in a speech before the start of Group of Seven summit.

FDA gives full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. The U.S. will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to share through the COVAX alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. President Joe Biden was set to make the announcement Thursday in a speech before the start of Group of Seven summit.

August 23, 2021, 12:15pm Health

WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could lift public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory. Read story

Pregnant, unvaccinated and intubated: Doctors alarmed by rise

August 23, 2021, 9:08am Health

More young and healthy pregnant people are ending up hospitalized on ventilators, delivering babies prematurely and sometimes dying from COVID-19 during the delta-fueled spike in cases. Read story

Delta surge is leading to some of the highest hospitalizations seen during the pandemic

August 23, 2021, 8:39am Health

SPOKANE — It was a brief return to normal times this summer, with no mask mandate for three months. Read story

A nurse treats COVID-19 patient Cedric Daniels, 37, of Gonzales, La., at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Louisiana is leading the nation in the number of new COVID cases per capita and remains one of the bottom five states in administering vaccinations.

‘We don’t really want to do this again’: Hospital workers prepare for another COVID battle

A nurse treats COVID-19 patient Cedric Daniels, 37, of Gonzales, La., at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Louisiana is leading the nation in the number of new COVID cases per capita and remains one of the bottom five states in administering vaccinations.

August 23, 2021, 6:00am Health

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Front-line health care workers like Lydia Walters are slogging through yet another wave of COVID-19 infections, albeit a smaller one that could have been prevented. Read story

Samples of raw sewage from the city's three treatment plants in storage in a refrigerator at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health building in Chicago on November 12, 2020. (Jose M.

The newest disease detection tool for COVID and beyond: Poop

Samples of raw sewage from the city's three treatment plants in storage in a refrigerator at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health building in Chicago on November 12, 2020. (Jose M.

August 22, 2021, 6:00am Health

Since reopening campus at the University of California, San Diego last summer, university officials have relied on the tried-and-true public health strategies of testing and contact tracing. But they have also added a new tool to their arsenal: excrement. Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver has erected a tent outside the entrance of its emergency department to serve as an overflow waiting area for patients seeking care.

PeaceHealth in Vancouver sets up tent as COVID cases surge

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver has erected a tent outside the entrance of its emergency department to serve as an overflow waiting area for patients seeking care.

August 20, 2021, 3:55pm Clark County Health

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has set up a tent near its emergency department entrance to serve as a waiting area amid an “unprecedented” surge of patients. Read story

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Clark County’s ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases surge

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August 20, 2021, 12:12pm Clark County Health

The number of vaccinated Clark County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 surged by 74 percent in two weeks, according to the latest data from Clark County Public Health. Read story

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, listens as Foster Jordan of Charles River Labs, left, talks about the properties of horseshoe crab blood, which is a vital component in the contamination testing of injectable medicines - including the coronavirus vaccines - at Charles River Labs on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Charleston, S.C. McMaster says the South Carolina company that bleeds horseshoe crabs for a component crucial to contamination testing of injectable medications is vital to development of a domestic medical supply chain.

Clean needles depend on the blue blood of horseshoe crabs

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, listens as Foster Jordan of Charles River Labs, left, talks about the properties of horseshoe crab blood, which is a vital component in the contamination testing of injectable medicines - including the coronavirus vaccines - at Charles River Labs on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Charleston, S.C. McMaster says the South Carolina company that bleeds horseshoe crabs for a component crucial to contamination testing of injectable medications is vital to development of a domestic medical supply chain.

August 20, 2021, 8:43am Health

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It’s one of the stranger, lesser-known aspects of U.S. health care — the striking, milky-blue blood of horseshoe crabs is a critical component of tests to ensure injectable medications such as coronavirus vaccines aren’t contaminated. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle.

Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are creating a ‘deeply frustrating’ situation at Washington hospitals

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle.

August 20, 2021, 7:39am Health

COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a new peak, and doctors and staff are reacting in dismay as medical facilities across Washington state reach occupation levels higher than at any time point during the pandemic. Read story