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Inslee releases new proclamations to bolster COVID-19 protection

| Sep 7, 2021 | Washington

In the past week, Gov. Inslee released a new proclamation, and amended an already-existing one, to enhance existing COVID-19 protective measures under his State of Emergency powers.     Inslee amended the Washington Ready order on Sept. 3, originally issued in February 2020. The amendment concerns the mask mandate, stating:...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Joe Schmick outlines health policy priorities for 2022

| Sep 3, 2021 | Washington

Representative Joe Schmick has served Washington’s 9th Legislative District -- which includes Asotin, Garfield, Franklin, Adams, Whitman, and south Spokane counties -- since 2007.  Rep. Schmick is the Ranking Member on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, and also serves on the House Appropriations Committee. In this Q&A, Schmick...[ Read More ]

Mandates on the rise in Maryland in response to increase in COVID cases

| Sep 2, 2021 | Maryland

Over the course of 24 hours, 1,272 new COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths were reported in Maryland. This comes the day after Gov. Larry Hogan’s vaccine mandate went into effect for Maryland nursing home and hospital employees. The vaccine mandate from Gov. Hogan comes alongside a slew of other...[ Read More ]

Employee union sues Inslee over strict vaccine mandate

| Aug 30, 2021 | Washington

In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stringent vaccine mandate announced earlier this month, the Washington Federation of State Employers (WFSE) filed a lawsuit against the governor in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday in an attempt to stop the mandate from being implemented.      The mandate, which would require...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Chief nursing officers discuss challenges facing rural hospitals during COVID-19

| Aug 26, 2021 | Washington

Terra Palomarez is the chief nursing officer at Astria Toppenish Hospital, a rural medical center located in Toppenish, WA. Amber Hunsaker is the chief nursing officer at Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Astria’s second rural hospital located in Sunnyside, WA. In this Q&A, both Palomarez and Hunsaker update State of Reform on...[ Read More ]

Discharge concerns cause shortage in ICU beds

| Aug 19, 2021 | Washington

Hospitals throughout Washington State are seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 patients as the Delta variant continues to spread. With this increase comes an increase in ICU bed shortages.      Data from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shows that COVID-19 patients make up 25.6% of ICU beds...[ Read More ]