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Battle Ground considering ‘medical freedom’ ordinance

September 21, 2021, 2:47pm Clark County News

The city of Battle Ground has become the latest battleground in the fight against COVID-related mandates. City officials on Monday considered a new ordinance defying Gov. Jay Inslee’s virus mandates. Read story

Washington COVID-19 hospitalizations down, in part due to increase in deaths

September 21, 2021, 2:45pm Clark County Health

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washington have decreased slightly from record high rates, in part because of an increase in patients dying, according to state hospital officials. Read story

Medical providers challenge only U.S. law banning vaccine mandates

September 23, 2021, 1:27pm Business

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. Read story

Hanford nuclear site worker sues Biden over COVID vaccine

September 22, 2021, 10:14am Northwest

RICHLAND — A Richland man who works on the Hanford reservation claims vaccine mandates violate his right to “bodily autonomy and bodily integrity” and constitute cruel, unusual and unnecessary punishment. Read story

Registered nurse Lilyrose Fox, left, talks with coronavirus patient Shanon Walker in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

COVID hospitalizations down in Washington, but deaths are on the rise

Registered nurse Lilyrose Fox, left, talks with coronavirus patient Shanon Walker in the COVID acute care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

September 21, 2021, 10:13am Latest News

Seattle — After an alarming surge in coronavirus cases this summer — leading to new masking and vaccination requirements — COVID-19 hospitalizations are ticking down statewide, hospital leaders said Monday. Read story

Registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

Washington governor asks feds for medical staffing help

Registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Seattle. King County, where the hospital is located, has been on a downward trend of COVID-19 cases after two-and-a-half straight months of increases. But the current lull could be, and some experts believe will be, upended as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout United States.

September 20, 2021, 2:41pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

A girl leads her mother and brothers as they arrive at Brooklyn's PS 245, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. Classroom doors are swinging open for about a million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

New York City to conduct weekly COVID-19 tests in schools

A girl leads her mother and brothers as they arrive at Brooklyn's PS 245, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. Classroom doors are swinging open for about a million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

September 20, 2021, 10:40am Health

NEW YORK — New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. Read story

COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

September 20, 2021, 10:26am Health

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2021, file photo, two Red Cross volunteers help a man to activate his pass on the TousAntiCovid application in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France. In both the U.S. and the EU, officials are struggling with the same question: how to boost vaccination rates to the max and end a pandemic that has repeatedly thwarted efforts to control it. In the European Union, officials in many places are requiring people to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from COVID-19 to participate in everyday activities -- even sometimes to go to work.

U.S. easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2021, file photo, two Red Cross volunteers help a man to activate his pass on the TousAntiCovid application in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France. In both the U.S. and the EU, officials are struggling with the same question: how to boost vaccination rates to the max and end a pandemic that has repeatedly thwarted efforts to control it. In the European Union, officials in many places are requiring people to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from COVID-19 to participate in everyday activities -- even sometimes to go to work.

September 20, 2021, 10:20am Latest News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will ease foreign travel restrictions to the country beginning in November, allowing foreigners in if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday. Read story

UConn sophomore Sahiti Bhyravavajhala assists students moving into Shippee Hall on the Storrs, Conn. campus, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. UConn is one of many schools across the nation mandating that returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19. An analysis by The Associated Press shows 26 of the nation's 50 largest public universities aren't requiring the vaccination.

Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes

UConn sophomore Sahiti Bhyravavajhala assists students moving into Shippee Hall on the Storrs, Conn. campus, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. UConn is one of many schools across the nation mandating that returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19. An analysis by The Associated Press shows 26 of the nation's 50 largest public universities aren't requiring the vaccination.

September 15, 2021, 10:43am Health

STORRS, Conn. — As a new semester begins amid a resurgence of the coronavirus, 26 of the 50 largest public university campuses in the U.S. are not mandating that students be vaccinated, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Read story