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Leah Mulyar, 5, of Vancouver, left, and her sister, Isabel, 7, wear masks while enjoying a book at Vancouver Community Library on March 11, the final day of required indoor masking in Washington.

Clark County at high risk for COVID-19; CDC recommends indoor masks

Leah Mulyar, 5, of Vancouver, left, and her sister, Isabel, 7, wear masks while enjoying a book at Vancouver Community Library on March 11, the final day of required indoor masking in Washington.

July 8, 2022, 3:19pm Clark County Health

Clark County residents should now wear masks indoors to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, according to federal health guidance. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate continues steady rise

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July 7, 2022, 2:12pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate increased this week after decreasing slightly last week. The rate has been steadily rising over the past few weeks, causing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put Clark County at medium risk for disease transmission. Read story

FILE - A Northwell Health registered nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 30, 2022 recommended that COVID-19 booster shots be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus.

Tweaked COVID boosters in U.S. must target newer omicron types

FILE - A Northwell Health registered nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 30, 2022 recommended that COVID-19 booster shots be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus.

June 30, 2022, 3:40pm Health

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives. Read story

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Clark County in medium risk category for COVID-19 for first time since March

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June 30, 2022, 1:55pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreased this week, ending a two-week run of gradual increases that has put the county at a medium level of risk of disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

Pediatrician Emy Jean-Marie, center, holds her nine-month-old son Adedeji Adebayo, Emiola Adebayo, 3, on her lap as Dr. Nizar Dowla, right, administers a vaccine while       Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, left, looks on, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami. Florida is the only state that didn't pre-order the under-5 vaccine, and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has recommended against vaccinating healthy children.

WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

Pediatrician Emy Jean-Marie, center, holds her nine-month-old son Adedeji Adebayo, Emiola Adebayo, 3, on her lap as Dr. Nizar Dowla, right, administers a vaccine while       Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, left, looks on, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami. Florida is the only state that didn't pre-order the under-5 vaccine, and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has recommended against vaccinating healthy children.

June 30, 2022, 8:07am Health

The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization. Read story

Erica Mancini, an accordionist, poses before taking the stage to perform in a Ukrainian avant garde jazz opera, Friday June 17, 2022, at Bohemian National Hall in New York. Mancini has suffered three COVID-19 infections: one at the beginning of the pandemic, one last year and one in May of this year. Medical experts warn that we'll be seeing more multiple reinfections given how long the pandemic is stretching on.

A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

Erica Mancini, an accordionist, poses before taking the stage to perform in a Ukrainian avant garde jazz opera, Friday June 17, 2022, at Bohemian National Hall in New York. Mancini has suffered three COVID-19 infections: one at the beginning of the pandemic, one last year and one in May of this year. Medical experts warn that we'll be seeing more multiple reinfections given how long the pandemic is stretching on.

June 29, 2022, 11:34am Health

For New York musician Erica Mancini, COVID-19 made repeat performances. Read story

FILE - A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 27, 2021. U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer COVID-19 booster shots this fall that better match the omicron variant even though the coronavirus already has spawned still more mutants. Moderna and Pfizer are testing updated booster candidates, and advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will debate Tuesday, June 28, 2022, if it's time for a switch, setting the stage for similar moves by other countries.

U.S. grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall

FILE - A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 27, 2021. U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer COVID-19 booster shots this fall that better match the omicron variant even though the coronavirus already has spawned still more mutants. Moderna and Pfizer are testing updated booster candidates, and advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will debate Tuesday, June 28, 2022, if it's time for a switch, setting the stage for similar moves by other countries.

June 27, 2022, 10:29am Health

U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer new COVID-19 booster shots this fall that are modified to better match recent changes of the shape-shifting coronavirus. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 cases rise slightly; 7 new deaths push total to 837

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June 23, 2022, 4:46pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate increased slightly this week. New hospitalizations decreased this week, but hospital occupancy remains high. Read story

FILE - 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. According to a study published Thursday. June 23, 2022 in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if global targets had been reached.

COVID vaccines saved 20M lives in 1st year, scientists say

FILE - 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. According to a study published Thursday. June 23, 2022 in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if global targets had been reached.

June 23, 2022, 3:53pm Nation & World

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. Read story

COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 have already started being administered in some parts of the U.S. The vaccines have just arrived in Clark County.

Clark County kids under 5 can get COVID-19 shots

COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 have already started being administered in some parts of the U.S. The vaccines have just arrived in Clark County.

June 22, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

According to Dr. Katie Sharff, chief of infectious disease for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Americans have lost patience for COVID-19 precautions. And now that mask mandates have been lifted and large events have resumed, cases have started rising again. Read story