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‘Shameful’: U.S. virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

January 19, 2021, 3:20pm Health

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus “totally under control.” Read story

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Clark County reports four more deaths as COVID-19 rate hits new record high

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January 19, 2021, 2:47pm Clark County Health

Clark County's COVID-19 activity level rebounded to record highs in the latest data released Tuesday by Clark County Public Health. Four new deaths were reported. Read story

Dr. Alan Roth talks to reporters at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Dozens of clinics have cropped up around the U.S. to address a puzzling and troubling aspect of COVID-19 -- the after-effects that can stubbornly afflict some people weeks or months after the infection itself has subsided. "We know this is real," said Roth, who oversees the Jamaica Hospital clinic. He has been grappling with body pain, fatigue and "brain fog" characterized by occasional forgetfulness since his own relatively mild bout with COVID-19 in March.

‘We know this is real’: New clinics aid virus ‘long-haulers’

Dr. Alan Roth talks to reporters at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Dozens of clinics have cropped up around the U.S. to address a puzzling and troubling aspect of COVID-19 -- the after-effects that can stubbornly afflict some people weeks or months after the infection itself has subsided. "We know this is real," said Roth, who oversees the Jamaica Hospital clinic. He has been grappling with body pain, fatigue and "brain fog" characterized by occasional forgetfulness since his own relatively mild bout with COVID-19 in March.

January 19, 2021, 2:45pm Health

NEW YORK — COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. Read story

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C.

Clark County accepting requests for new phase of coronavirus vaccination

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C.

January 19, 2021, 10:42am Clark County Health

Clark County is now accepting requests for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone older than 65, and anyone older than 50 who lives in a multigenerational household. Read story

Clark County Public Health Educator Sandi Kendrick looks down at a dummy used to demonstrate how to administer lifesaving measures given to clients in "rescue kits" for overdose victims at the Harm Reduction Center in November 2014. In addition to working with REAL, Kendrick focused on many other areas of public health, including the county's syringe exchange program.

Clark County Public Health retiree Sandi Kendrick keeps it REAL

Clark County Public Health Educator Sandi Kendrick looks down at a dummy used to demonstrate how to administer lifesaving measures given to clients in "rescue kits" for overdose victims at the Harm Reduction Center in November 2014. In addition to working with REAL, Kendrick focused on many other areas of public health, including the county's syringe exchange program.

January 19, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

Cars drove by and honked their horns. One person danced in the yard. Others dropped off balloons and cards. Sandi Kendrick’s son watched the parade of cars drive by his mom’s house over video call and cried. So did Kendrick. Read story

A vial with the COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at PeaceHealth Urgent Care Memorial on Tuesday morning.

Clark County Fairgrounds will be one of mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in Washington

A vial with the COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at PeaceHealth Urgent Care Memorial on Tuesday morning.

January 18, 2021, 3:17pm Clark County Health

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths, placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in Los Angeles. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths is rising in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and on Monday, Jan 18, 2021, the U.S. was approaching 398,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest of any country in the world.

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 U.S. states amid winter surge

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths, placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in Los Angeles. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths is rising in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and on Monday, Jan 18, 2021, the U.S. was approaching 398,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest of any country in the world.

January 18, 2021, 12:02pm Health

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. Read story

Colorado and Oregon raised cigarette taxes in 2020 with surprisingly little pushback from the tobacco industry.

Only a smokescreen? Tobacco industry stands down as Colorado, Oregon hike cigarette taxes

Colorado and Oregon raised cigarette taxes in 2020 with surprisingly little pushback from the tobacco industry.

January 18, 2021, 6:00am Health

Big Tobacco did something unusual in Marlboro Country last fall: It stood aside while Colorado voters approved the state’s first tobacco tax hike in 16 years. Read story

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Disproportionately hit by COVID-19, Washington Latinos brace for vaccine

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January 18, 2021, 6:00am Health

Rosalinda Martinez, a 47-year-old immigrant from Mexico who lives in Tukwila, doesn’t plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even though she’s at higher risk of dying from the virus because she’s overweight and diabetic. Read story

Dr. Lorraine MacDonald (right), the medical examiner in Rutherford County, Tennessee, talks to a public health worker giving shots at the county's mass vaccination site, located in an old State Farm operations center. MacDonald says if people are able to sign up online, and their cars make it to the front of the line, health workers don't question whether they qualify.

Are you old enough to get vaccinated? In Tennessee, they’re using the honor system

Dr. Lorraine MacDonald (right), the medical examiner in Rutherford County, Tennessee, talks to a public health worker giving shots at the county's mass vaccination site, located in an old State Farm operations center. MacDonald says if people are able to sign up online, and their cars make it to the front of the line, health workers don't question whether they qualify.

January 17, 2021, 2:45pm Health

In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories of seniors and essential workers. Read story