People in ‘high-risk’ New York counties should wear masks indoors in public settings, Health Department says

NASSAU COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) — The New York State Health Department is recommending that people in high-risk counties wear masks in all indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status. According to the CDC, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Ulster counties are now considered high risk. Most of New York City … Read more

Evanston Now at ‘High’ Community COVID Risk Level Due to Rising Cases, City Says – NBC Chicago

Based on the rising number of new COVID cases reported in the last seven days, the city of Evanston said Thursday its community COVID risk level has increased from ‘medium’ to “high,” the highest level of alert, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. City metrics show 397 new COVID cases were reported … Read more

Rural, Smaller Hospitals Related Heavily On Covid Relief To Survive, Study Suggestions

Topline More than $170 billion in Covid-19 relief funds the federal government allocated to struggling hospitals during the pandemic helped healthcare facilities stay afloat by offsetting major financial losses due to the coronavirus, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. A healthcare worker cares for a patient in the … Read more

N. Korea reports first COVID-19 death as fever spreads ‘explosively’

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and millions of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. The data represents an unprecedented admission of an “explosive” … Read more

Symptoms linger two years for some; inflammatory protein patterns may provide long COVID clues

A medical worker prepares a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during a visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to a vaccination center in Chinatown, in Chicago, Illinois, US, April 6, 2021. Picture taken April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Register now for FREE unlimited access to … Read more

‘It makes it very difficult’: Shortage of mental health professionals persists as need grows

PITTSBORO, NC (WTVD) — When the school year started, Dr. Karen Barbee knew she was going to be busy. Barbee operates Renaissance Wellness Services, which primarily provides mental health services in public schools. “I remember warning my staff at the beginning of the school year in August that we were going to see an increase … Read more

New data show rise in deaths among vulnerable members of vaccinated population who haven’t been boosted

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A growing proportion of COVID-related deaths are occurring among the vaccinated, a new ABC News analysis finds. In August of 2021, about 19% of COVID-19 deaths were occurring among the vaccinated. Six months later, that number increased to more than 40%. In part, that may be because not enough vaccinated people, … Read more

Explainer: Some patients reporting COVID rebounds after taking Pfizer pills

May 11 (Reuters) – More than 2.8 million courses of Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment Paxlovid have been made available at pharmacies around the United States, with the Biden administration working to improve access to the drug. As Paxlovid has become more widely used, some patients have reported that COVID-19 symptoms recurred after … Read more

New initiative aimed at increasing Black registered organ donors

LAVERGNE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Black Americans make up about 13% of the US population, but they account for 35% of people suffering kidney failure. That means they make up the majority of people who need an organ transplant. The nation’s four Historical Black College and University medical schools and members of the organ donation and … Read more