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5 Things Oregon: House health policy, Q&A w/ Sen. Patterson, COVID hospitalizations

| Feb 9, 2022 | Oregon

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we bring you some of the early conversations, issues, and health bills we are tracking during the 2022 legislative session. We have a detailed look at health policy being discussed in the House, a conversation with the chair of the Senate Committee...[ Read More ]

Arizona hospitals strained with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, health care workers call out for help

| Jan 26, 2022 | Arizona

As the Omicron variant continues to surge across Arizona, hospitalizations remain at an all-time high, and positivity for COVID-19 testing has reached a record 63%, indicating significantly high community transmission, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.  As of Jan. 20, 39% of the state’s 8,763 general ward beds...[ Read More ]

U-M health leaders: COVID-19 surge keeping us from delivering lifesaving care, people dying at home

| Dec 9, 2021 | Michigan

Leaders from University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine, shared the dire situation the hospital organization is facing due to the recent wave of COVID-19 cases, which has strained the system and affected patient care. “The bottom line is that the surge of COVID-19 is putting others at risk and keeping...[ Read More ]

Texas hospitals take steps to accommodate COVID-19 case surge

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase at their fastest rate ever and facilities confront severe capacity strains, Texas hospitals are implementing measures to fight the impacts of the recent Delta variant-fueled wave of COVID-19 cases. Total hospitalizations in the state increased from 1,500 in June to over 10,000 in August so far....[ Read More ]

5 Things Florida: HCBS spending plan, Erica Floyd-Thomas, Behavioral health funding

| Aug 9, 2021 | Florida

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Budget proposal, Biden era health policy, Vaccine science

| Dec 10, 2020 | Oregon

This is indeed a "dark winter," as was predicted. But, I'm hopeful that we are perhaps at our nadir. We are 11 days away from the days getting longer. We are four days away from the likely first vaccines to distributed in the US. And, of course we are zero days...[ Read More ]