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COVID cases down in the Tri-Cities.  Health officials wonder how long this will last

COVID cases down in the Tri-Cities. Health officials wonder how long this will last

Kennewick, WA The amount of COVID-19 circulating in the Tri-Cities area appears to continue to decline by most measures, but people are still dying from the disease and public health officials are watching the data closely. “Right now it’s quiet. But (with) winter things are changing,” said Heather Hill, infectious disease supervisor for the Benton …

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Biden Administration Announces $8 Billion Commitments to Address Hunger, Nutrition and Health Issues

Biden Administration Announces $8 Billion Commitments to Address Hunger, Nutrition and Health Issues

Today, President Biden and key senior officials hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. The goal of the conference is simple: to address issues related to food insecurity and diet-related chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans each year. The White House highlighted how nearly $8 billion in private and public sector …

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Attorney Robin Cohen's take on Baylor University's COVID business interruption coverage wins

Attorney Robin Cohen’s take on Baylor University’s COVID business interruption coverage wins

Many businesses are hoping to get coverage for pandemic-related business interruptions. The decisions begin to reach the jury. Baylor College of Medicine scored a victory late this month when a Texas jury returned the college a $12 million verdict, finding that Baylor’s losses from the COVID-19 pandemic are covered by its commercial property insurance policies. …

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Care homes in the UK are still stopping family gatherings months after Covid rules were relaxed

Two and a half years after Boris Johnson announced the first UK lockdown, and seven months after the end of the latest national measures, some care homes in Britain are still denying people access to their elderly parents due to Covid restrictions. Grandchildren have been banned by some homes, which impose age limits on visitors. …

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African teenage pregnancies soar during COVID lockdowns - but prevention is possible - Health Policy Watch

African teenage pregnancies soar during COVID lockdowns – but prevention is possible – Health Policy Watch

Rebecca, a peer educator, leads a discussion on HIV prevention with young mothers. More pilots Unlike most other African countries, young South Africans can both end unwanted pregnancies before 20 weeks and have access to contraception – and none need parental consent. However, many adolescents avoid clinics due to critical treatment from health workers. For …

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End of weekly COVID testing mandate for unvaccinated healthcare workers in California

End of weekly COVID testing mandate for unvaccinated healthcare workers in California

On September 17, the California Department of Public Health ended the COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated healthcare workers and others in high-risk settings, which include dental offices. Unvaccinated dentists and their staff have complied with the state’s public health order requiring vaccination or weekly testing since full compliance began on August 23, 2021. Dental staff …

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Fear of Public Places in the Age of COVID: Is It Agoraphobia or Something Else?

Fear of Public Places in the Age of COVID: Is It Agoraphobia or Something Else?

Few places are more evocative of early pandemic anxiety than the grocery store. In that first year before the vaccines, when we had far less information about the spread of the coronavirus, a jolt of panic squeezed my chest if anyone got too close to me at Trader Joe’s. I walked down the aisles, squinting, …

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