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Southcoast Health suspends visitors, with some exceptions

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Southcoast Health has once again changed its visitation policy. The hospital group said, “due to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and for the safety of our patients and healthcare workers,” no visitors will be allowed at its hospitals or emergency departments. Southcoast Health visitor policy …

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Santa Clara County health officials say vaccine mandate for customers will not be implemented

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — In the South Bay, public health officers say they will not implement a vaccine mandate for customers at businesses but highly urge businesses like bars and restaurants – where masks come off indoors – to require proof of vaccination. As Bay Area counties update health orders like requiring proof …

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Hundreds of Health Care Workers Being Deployed to Illinois Hospitals This Month – NBC Chicago

More than 2,000 health care workers have already been sent struggling hospitals across Illinois this month, but hundreds more are slated to be deployed in the coming weeks, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. The governor, in a COVID-19 update, announced 552 additional workers are slated to arrive at state hospitals by next Friday. In addition, …

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Kern Public Health reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,635 cases

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported eight new COVID-19 deaths and 1,635 cases today. Those numbers bring the county’s totals to 177,220 positive cases and 1,944 deaths from COVID-19. The department says 50,167 residents have recovered and 108,885 are presumed recovered. An additional 16,151 people are isolated at home. …

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State agencies launch audit of community mental health clinic

Three state agencies have launched a joint audit of Mind Springs Health, sending state investigators to review documents and financial records at the nonprofit mental health agency for 10 Western Slope counties.  The organization, one of 17 regional community mental health centers that receive millions of dollars each year in public funding, has been at …

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New health order makes changes to mega-events in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A new health order issued by the San Francisco Department of Public Health is making changes to mega-event requirements that go into effect on Saturday, Jan. 15. Beginning Saturday, the threshold for mega-events will be lowered to 500 attendees indoor and 5,000 attendees outdoor. San Francisco Mayor announces new order …

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Covid Testing, Vaccines and Omicron News: Live Updates

Video transcript Back transcript Fauci and Walensky Back the C.D.C.’s New Covid-19 Guidelines Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, White House Covid-19 adviser, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responded to criticism about scarce coronavirus tests and confusing guidance. “Today, we are faced with a different challenge, a new variant …

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Outlook for the 2022 Federal Health Legislative Landscape | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

As the 117th Congress moves into its second legislative session, there is no shortage of health care policy issues dotting the landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic, legislative gridlock and a 2021 that was largely locked down by ongoing negotiations around the infrastructure and Build Back Better packages have left a range of stakeholders looking and hoping …

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As omicron spreads, this Vt. public health expert says top-down approach to virus, and risk, should shift

Vermont schools will no longer conduct contact tracing and PCR surveillance testing for students and staff. That’s according to a policy shift announced Friday by the Agency of Education. This news comes amid reports of high case numbers and the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Some public health experts argue these trends …

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