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Reports: Virginia among most prepared for emergencies

| Apr 9, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia was recognized as one of the states most prepared for emergencies, according to the Ready or Not 2021: Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism report  and the 2020 National Health Security Index. It also recognizes the commonwealth as one of the “most prepared” among the states...[ Read More ]

The Frontline COVID-19 Provider Mental Health Resiliency Act referred to the Assembly Health Committee

| Apr 9, 2021 | California

Frontline health care workers are experiencing unprecedented levels of burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Frontline COVID-19 Provider Mental Health Resiliency Act of 2021 aims to address this issue. Assembly Bill 562, introduced by Asm. Evan Low, would establish a temporary mental health resiliency program to provide additional services to...[ Read More ]

American Sign Language service added to vaccine information site

| Apr 9, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health is offering a COVID-19 vaccine information service for Deaf and hard of hearing Virginians who use American Sign Language. The commonwealth partnered with Connect Direct to provide information in ASL for the Vaccinate Virginia Call Center.     Virginia is the first state to provide...[ Read More ]

Arizona health care workers now have protections against COVID lawsuits

| Apr 9, 2021 | Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1377 into law this week, which gives health care workers and various entities -- including businesses, schools, the government and religious institutions -- protections against COVID-19-related damage claims from patients and consumers.  Under this law, health care workers are shielded from allegations of damage related to...[ Read More ]

Alaska bill to amend health education to include mental health heard in Senate Health

| Apr 9, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Senate Health and Social Services committee held a hearing for SB 80 on Tuesday. This bill would amend the existing health education curriculum to include mental health curriculum in all K-12 health classrooms.     The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson, said this bill is an...[ Read More ]

Innovative telemedicine device now available at Henry Ford Health

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 9, 2021 | Michigan

Henry Ford Health System in Michigan is now using a new technology that allows physicians to remotely look inside patient’s throats and ears, listen to their hearts and examine skin conditions virtually. TytoCare is a virtual exam kit approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can further exam ...[ Read More ]

Illinois to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults next week

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 9, 2021 | Illinois

All Illinoisans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week. Illinois will now join many other states who have now made all adults eligible to receive the vaccine. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the change at...[ Read More ]

Florida abortion bill passes through tense committee meeting

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 9, 2021 | Florida

A bill that would prohibit the practice of disability abortions passed through the Florida House Health and Human Services committee on Tuesday, though not without its detractors. House Bill 1221 was filed by Rep. Erin Grall in late February. Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez filed the identical SB 1664 within the...[ Read More ]

State of Illinois Receives $124 Million from Federal Government to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

| Apr 9, 2021 | Illinois

The State of Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to further expand its robust COVID-19 vaccination program, including more than $90 million for the state and $33 million for the city of Chicago. Approximately 75% of the funding...[ Read More ]

UCSF Study Finds Frontline Health Workers Across US Faced Unique Stressors During COVID-19

| Apr 9, 2021 | California

During the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency department doctors, nurses and other frontline staff experienced unprecedented levels of stress and emotional exhaustion that included nightmares or insomnia, according to a UC San Francisco-led study of emergency departments across the country.     The study, among the first to...[ Read More ]

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