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DSHS: COVID-19 boosters available in Texas next week

| Sep 2, 2022 | Texas

Following Thursday’s vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend the updated FDA-approved COVID-19 booster shots for use, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced doses would become available statewide next week.      Initial shipments of the 900,000 booster dose allocation for Texas...[ Read More ]

Colorado reports PK-12 immunization rates for 2021/2022 school year

| Aug 29, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released the state’s 2021/2022 immunization rates for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 (PK-12) on Monday as children across the state head back to school.      CDPHE reported 954,919 PK-12 students were fully immunized in the previous academic year with a 92%...[ Read More ]

First cases of MPV confirmed in Boulder County

| Aug 12, 2022 | Colorado

Boulder County, CO - Four individuals residing in Boulder County have tested positive for the monkeypox virus. As of August 8, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) has reported 80 cases in Colorado. “It’s important that everyone be aware of this disease, so that those at risk can seek...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Q&A w/ Rep. Salman, Prison health care, Medical debt ballot initiative

| Jul 27, 2022 | Arizona

In this month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" in Arizona, we explore a recent ruling concluding the inadequacy of health care in Arizona prisons, a conversation with Rep. Athena Salman, and an initiative heading to the ballot this fall that aims to reduce the burden of medical debt on...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Jennifer Shuford MD, Chief State Epidemiologist at Texas DSHS, on statewide uptick in COVID-19 cases

| Jul 19, 2022 | Texas

State of Reform sat down with Dr. Jennifer Shuford, the Chief Epidemiologist in Texas to discuss the recent rise in public health threat levels across the state, especially in North Texas. With the number of infections and hospitalizations on the rise statewide, she shared guidance on how Texans can protect...[ Read More ]

North Texas experiencing surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations

| Jul 18, 2022 | Texas

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) raised its COVID-19 threat level to orange, or “extreme caution,” on Monday after hospitalizations and infections continued to rise over the weekend.      DCHHS reported an average of 1,002 cases per day, a 33% increase from the average 2 weeks ago.  Since...[ Read More ]