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Rate of COVID-19 spread continues to decline over Presidents Day holiday weekend

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February 16, 2021, 12:49pm Clark County Health

The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Clark County continued its decline over the holiday weekend, dropping to an average of about 35 new cases a day. One new death was reported. Read story

Plummeting cases in U.S. show a path to crushing COVID-19

February 16, 2021, 8:37am Health

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are dropping dramatically across the U.S., suggesting that measures to interrupt transmission are working, at least for now. Read story

Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine planning fell short on logistics, sowing disorder and mistrust

February 14, 2021, 6:16pm Northwest

In the months leading up to the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments, Washington state health officials agonized over which residents should be vaccinated before others. They surveyed 18,000 people and convened focus groups, debating race, age and essential occupations. Read story

Washington’s South Central region OK’d to ease COVID rules

February 14, 2021, 6:09pm Latest News

KENNEWICK — Six counties in south-central Washington have been approved to move to Phase 2 of reopening and can immediately ease COVID restrictions, the state Department of Health said Sunday. Read story

‘I put my life on hold’: Disability groups plead for vaccine

February 14, 2021, 1:44pm Health

Though many people with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, in some U.S. states they fear being left behind in a massive effort to get limited vaccines into the arms of those who need them most. Read story

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, law enforcement personnel walk toward the Allina Health clinic where multiple people were shot in Buffalo, Minn. Doctors say they're facing increasing threats of violence for refusing to prescribe opioids or trying to wean patients off the addictive painkillers. The issue was underscored by Tuesday's shooting at the Minnesota clinic.

Doctors who say no to opioid use face threats from patients

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, law enforcement personnel walk toward the Allina Health clinic where multiple people were shot in Buffalo, Minn. Doctors say they're facing increasing threats of violence for refusing to prescribe opioids or trying to wean patients off the addictive painkillers. The issue was underscored by Tuesday's shooting at the Minnesota clinic.

February 14, 2021, 1:36pm Health

One patient threatened to shoot Dr. Terry Hunt if physical therapy didn't relieve his pain as effectively as opioids did. Another harassed his staff, then roamed a hospital searching for Hunt after being told he would be weaned off painkillers he had used inappropriately. Read story

FILE - In this an. 24, 2021, file photo, people stand near a sign as they wait in line to receive the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Scientists say it's still too early to predict the future of the coronavirus, but many doubt it will ever go away entirely. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance

FILE - In this an. 24, 2021, file photo, people stand near a sign as they wait in line to receive the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Scientists say it's still too early to predict the future of the coronavirus, but many doubt it will ever go away entirely. (AP Photo/Ted S.

February 14, 2021, 1:27pm Health

NEW DELHI — What if COVID-19 never goes away? Read story

In this photo provided by Geller Family Dental, Dr. Andrew A. Geller, general and cosmetic dentist at Geller Family Dental has his temperature taken at the entry to his office on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Bronxville, N.Y. As more coronavirus vaccine doses become available, many business owners face a difficult decision: whether to require employees to be inoculated. Geller initially didn't feel comfortable with requiring his staff to get the shots because of the many unknowns about the vaccine. But he did extensive research and concluded that the 23 employees at Geller Family Dental should be vaccinated.

Business owners ponder whether to require COVID-19 shots

In this photo provided by Geller Family Dental, Dr. Andrew A. Geller, general and cosmetic dentist at Geller Family Dental has his temperature taken at the entry to his office on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Bronxville, N.Y. As more coronavirus vaccine doses become available, many business owners face a difficult decision: whether to require employees to be inoculated. Geller initially didn't feel comfortable with requiring his staff to get the shots because of the many unknowns about the vaccine. But he did extensive research and concluded that the 23 employees at Geller Family Dental should be vaccinated.

February 14, 2021, 1:18pm Business

NEW YORK — As more coronavirus vaccine doses become available in the weeks and months ahead, many business owners face a difficult decision: whether to require employees to be inoculated. Read story

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Tyson Foods team members receive Covid-19 vaccines from health officials at the Wilkesboro, N.C. facility. Hundreds of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but the union that represents them says several hundred thousand more have not, despite the risks they continue to face at work.

Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated sooner

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2021 file photo, Tyson Foods team members receive Covid-19 vaccines from health officials at the Wilkesboro, N.C. facility. Hundreds of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but the union that represents them says several hundred thousand more have not, despite the risks they continue to face at work.

February 14, 2021, 1:05pm Business

OMAHA, Neb. — Hundreds of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but the union that represents many of them says several hundred thousand more have not, despite the risks they continue to face at work. Read story

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the country dropped below 100,000 on Friday, Feb. 12 for the first time since November 4.

Average U.S. virus cases dip below 100,000 for 1st time in months

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 file photo, pharmacy technician Sochi Evans fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Southern University in Houston. Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in the U.S. after a winter surge. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in the country dropped below 100,000 on Friday, Feb. 12 for the first time since November 4.

February 14, 2021, 12:51pm Nation & World

ATLANTA — Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months, but experts cautioned Sunday that infections remain high and precautions to slow the pandemic must remain in place. Read story