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Overdose deaths accelerate in Washington in 2020

| Feb 23, 2021 | Washington

New data from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) show that overdose deaths in the state increased by 38% in the first half of 2020 compared to their levels in the first half of 2019. The department says that most of that increase came from deaths involving fentanyl.    ...[ Read More ]

Governor Newsom and legislative leaders announce COVID relief payments for low-income Californians

| Feb 19, 2021 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to provide relief to Californians struggling due to the pandemic. This immediate action agreement includes one-time $600 payments to low-income Californians.     This compromise builds on initiatives...[ Read More ]

CalAIM funding requested by DHCS in the legislature

| Feb 19, 2021 | California

The California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services heard budget proposals from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on the California Advancing and Innovating in Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative on Friday.     The DHCS requested an expenditure authority of $1.1 billion for local assistance...[ Read More ]

Freshman Representative Jessica Bateman on the intersection between health and housing

| Feb 18, 2021 | Washington

Representative Jessica Bateman is a newcomer this year in the House, but she is no stranger to politics in Olympia. From 2012 to 2015, she worked as a legislative assistant to former Representative Chris Reykdal. Then in 2015, she was elected to the Olympia City Council and later served as...[ Read More ]

Oregon Health Authority releases a new monthly suicide related surveillance update

| Feb 18, 2021 | Oregon

On Tuesday, the Public Health Department of the Oregon Health Authority released a new monthly suicide surveillance update for Jan. 2021, which included updated numbers for 2020. The data in the report comes from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) suicide death data, emergency department and urgent care center...[ Read More ]

'Breakthrough cases' of COVID-19 in four Oregonians after fully vaccinated: Should we be alarmed? Expert says "No"

| Feb 18, 2021 | Oregon

Dr. Louis Picker, associate director and professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, said there is no reason to be alarmed about “breakthrough cases” of COVID-19 after vaccination.      A “breakthrough case” is an infection from an illness in which the vaccinated...[ Read More ]

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