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Unvaccinated 49 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, King County data shows

September 6, 2021, 8:36am Health

Amid ongoing debate over vaccine mandates, legal challenges and booster shots, a new dashboard maintained by King County confirms vaccinated residents are significantly better protected from illness, hospitalization and death compared with their unvaccinated counterparts, even as the delta variant surges through the state. Read story

With growing numbers of critically ill pregnant COVID-19 patients, doctors urge expectant parents to get vaccine

September 6, 2021, 8:33am Health

SPOKANE — Ashlee George is on her second pandemic pregnancy, but this time she’s feeling safer. Read story

Michael Chu and Sandy Nguyen of Renton visit a King County Public Health pop-up vaccination site together for a vaccine at Renton Library on Aug. 25, 2021. (Matt M.

Vaccine-hesitant Washingtonians open up about their fears

Michael Chu and Sandy Nguyen of Renton visit a King County Public Health pop-up vaccination site together for a vaccine at Renton Library on Aug. 25, 2021. (Matt M.

September 6, 2021, 6:30am Health

As pandemic dates go, Sandy Nguyen and Michael Chu’s late August trip to the Renton Public Library was a classic. Nguyen and Chu weren’t there for a romantic read over the Cedar River. They wanted shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19, on offer at a pop-up vaccination… Read story

Methadone has long been the first choice in treating opioid addiction, but the regulations surrounding distribution to patients have been overly stringent and the pandemic has brought positive changes to the program, according to a new study.

One pandemic consequence has helped people in addiction. Advocates hope it becomes permanent

Methadone has long been the first choice in treating opioid addiction, but the regulations surrounding distribution to patients have been overly stringent and the pandemic has brought positive changes to the program, according to a new study.

September 5, 2021, 6:00am Health

Methadone has long been a gold-standard treatment for opioid addiction. But government regulations mean many patients have to organize their lives around getting and taking it, no matter how well they are doing, a new study has found. Read story

FILE - This April 16, 2020 shows the Amazon logo in Douai, northern France. Amazon on Thursday, July 29, 2021 turned in a mixed bag of results for its fiscal second quarter, coming up short of Wall Street expectations in revenue but beating on profits.

Searching for ‘COVID cure’ on Amazon.com turns up fake and dangerous treatments

FILE - This April 16, 2020 shows the Amazon logo in Douai, northern France. Amazon on Thursday, July 29, 2021 turned in a mixed bag of results for its fiscal second quarter, coming up short of Wall Street expectations in revenue but beating on profits.

September 5, 2021, 5:00am Business

A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, snake-oil remedies and conspiracy theories remain near the top of Amazon.com search results for terms related to the disease, despite steps the company has taken to try to direct shoppers to legitimate health information. Read story

FILE - This Friday Jan. 29, 2021 file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat infections of roundworms and other tiny parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, despite warnings that it can cause harmful side effects and there's little evidence it helps.

Efforts grow to stamp out use of parasite drug for COVID-19

FILE - This Friday Jan. 29, 2021 file photo shows the packaging and a container of veterinary ivermectin in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivermectin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat infections of roundworms and other tiny parasites in humans and some large animals. Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of the decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, despite warnings that it can cause harmful side effects and there's little evidence it helps.

September 3, 2021, 2:32pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of a decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there’s little evidence it helps. Read story

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Clark County breakthrough COVID-19 cases rise about 62 percent in two weeks

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September 3, 2021, 2:25pm Clark County Health

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 who tested positive for the disease rose about 62 percent over two weeks, in the latest data from Clark County Public Health. Read story

FILE - In this April 26, 2021 file photo, a nursing student administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at UNLV, in Las Vegas. Biden's plans to start delivering booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday, Sept. 3.

US booster plan faces complications, some may miss Sept. 20

FILE - In this April 26, 2021 file photo, a nursing student administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at UNLV, in Las Vegas. Biden's plans to start delivering booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday, Sept. 3.

September 3, 2021, 1:21pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

Clark County Health Officer on COVID cases: ‘We’re not heading in a good direction’

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

September 3, 2021, 12:54pm Clark County Health

Clark County doctors and public health officials issued a dire warning Friday morning as Clark County COVID-19 case rates rose to a new pandemic-high this week.   Read story

FILE - In this July 16, 2021, file photo, a nurse sticks her head out of a room of a COVID-19 patient in the CoxHealth Emergency Department in Springfield, Mo. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.

US hospitals hit with nurse staffing crisis amid COVID

FILE - In this July 16, 2021, file photo, a nurse sticks her head out of a room of a COVID-19 patient in the CoxHealth Emergency Department in Springfield, Mo. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer.

September 3, 2021, 8:36am Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer. Read story