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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The healthcare industry is in dire need of more workers and one of the most in demand positions are nurse’s aides. These dedicated employees work in long-term care and home health care and now a grant-funded program in southwestern Pennsylvania can help you make the career change into the front lines of health care. You can apply for the program online.
    ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. is the only developed country in the world where the maternal mortality rate is rising, with a clear racial disparity. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday, there’s now an effort in Congress to address this issue. READ MORE: Mayor Adams' Plan To Address Gun Violence Includes Return Of Plainclothes Police UnitIt’s a joyous time for soon-to-be moms. Prenatal visits and after care are in place at the Roosevelt Family Health Center. But that’s not the case for a shocking number of American women, with the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world — 700 each year. If you’re Black, you’re nearly three times more likely to die — 44 deaths per 100,000. “Often time these moms bleed out, sometimes their pain isn’t taken seriously. We’ve heard words from doctors that don’t take Black women’s pain the same as white women’s pain,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Sen. Gillibrand is pushing for a major increase in funding to address what she calls an outrage. “Treatment can be different. The options that are given...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month that backed the Biden administration, Florida has dropped its appeal in a legal fight against federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office filed a motion Friday to dismiss an appeal that was filed at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That appeal came after a Pensacola-based district judge in November refused to block the vaccination requirements for workers at hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers. READ MORE: 'No Matter Where We Looked, It Was Sold Out': Baby Formula Shortage Is Major Concern For ParentsThe motion cited a Jan. 13 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the vaccination requirements in cases from other parts of the country. The requirements, which apply to providers that take part in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, will start to take effect Thursday in Florida. At that point, workers will need to have received at least one dose of vaccine or have pending requests for exemptions. Workers will have an additional month to become fully...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday signed an executive order allowing select nursing students to serve as licensed practitioners, among other measures, as part of an effort to shore up nursing home and hospital staffing. The governor’s executive order allows graduate nursing students who are licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and/or certified medical technicians to practice at health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes. READ MORE: 3 Baltimore Firefighters Hurt, 1 Trapped While Fighting Row Home FireAdditionally, the executive order allows respiratory therapy students to assistant with emergency medical services and gives pharmacists and pharmacy technicians more flexibility when it comes to licensing, the governor’s office said Monday. “We continue to take short-term actions to support our health care workforce as it deals with the Omicron wave and the influx of unvaccinated patients,” Gov. Hogan said. “All the data continues to show very encouraging trends, with many of our key health metrics consistently and substantially declining.” The order comes as Maryland has seen its COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to 2,330 and as its positivity rate has dipped...
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Bobbie Anne Sison was heading to the hospital just before dawn when she got a panicked call from one of her best nurses saying she couldn’t come to work because her car had overheated on Route 63. Sison, a nurse manager at Pascagoula Hospital, slammed on the brakes, made a U-turn and raced to fetch her. “We have staff members dropping like flies from COVID so there was no way I was going to leave her on the side of the road,” Sison said a few hours later as she walked the corridors of her 350-bed hospital, which has been steadily filling with COVID patients after a monthslong lull. On Sunday, 106 coronavirus patients were being treated at Singing River Health System, a county-owned network of three small hospitals along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, up from a dozen or so patients at the beginning of the month. With 40% of all COVID-19 tests in Pascagoula coming back positive and about 100 hospital employees out sick, Sison was trying not to think about what the coming days...
    Proctor & Gamble plans to raise prices on some of its products, according to a new report. CNBC reported last week that the company has announced plans to raise prices on fabric care products, such as Tide detergent, and certain personal health care products. The rise in prices of fabric care products is set to take effect on Monday, Feb. 28, and the rise in prices for personal health care products will take place in April, CNBC reported. The news outlet said P&G has already raised prices across 10 other product categories. CNBC said the decision was made as inflation rates increase and P&G attempts to protect its profit margins. Read the full report from CNBC here.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom recognized the Roe v. Wade decision and emphasized California’s commitment to preserving access to reproductive health care services in the face of national challenges to reproductive rights. “Today we commemorate the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case establishing a woman’s Constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion. Almost half a century later, we know without a doubt that limiting access to reproductive health care, including abortion, is a fundamental violation of individual liberty and freedom. The simple fact remains – America can’t achieve true equality if women do not have control over their own bodies.” “At a time when some across our nation are purposefully and deliberately choosing to attack women’s reproductive rights, California will continue to be a beacon of light – expanding access to abortion and reproductive care, and ensuring our state is a place where people receive critical reproductive health care services quickly and safely,” said Governor Newsom and First Partner Siebel Newsom. To honor the milestone, the Governor and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As the pandemic approaches the two-year mark, a Colorado organization is hoping it can get mental health assistance to health care workers. The All Clear Foundation is receiving nearly $2 Million from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services to reduce burnout and promote wellness. (credit: All Clear Foundation) “It’s the human behind the badge, the uniform and the scrubs that’s really suffering right now,” said Rhonda Kelly, the Executive Director of the All Clear Foundation. “Anxiety and depression are off the charts for our population over the past two years.” Kelly started working to get more mental health help to first responders after she spent 17 years as a firefighter in Aurora. Now, the All Clear Foundation helps teach classes and educate instructors all over the country both in-person and online. “In the past two years, with the pandemic, we have asked so much from health care workers and not only have we asked them to step up and work more we’ve asked them to put themselves at a greater level of personal risk,” she...
    Roger Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack. Normally, the 67-year-old would have been sent to the intensive care unit. But Strukhoff said it was overrun with COVID-19 patients, and the staff instead had to wheel a heart monitor into his room and quickly administer nitroglycerin and morphine. "A doctor I know pretty well said, ‘Roger, we’re going to have to improvise right here,’" said Strukhoff, who lives in DeKalb, Illinois. The omicron surge this winter has not only swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19, it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments. HOSPITAL SYSTEMS SQUEEZING CITY RESOURCES AMID COVID-RELATED STAFF SHORTAGES, CREATING LONGER WAIT TIMES Less-urgent procedures. such as cochlear implant surgeries and steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis, have been put on hold around the country. And people with all sorts of medical complaints have had to wait in emergency rooms for hours longer than usual. Mat Gleason said he wheeled...
    The United States makes close to nothing simple if you’re a transgender or nonbinary person. As Daily Kos continues to cover, for example, Republicans are eager to legislate trans youth out of school sports and out of bathrooms whenever they can. Republicans have also pushed bills that would bar physicians from providing gender-affirming, safe, age-appropriate health care to trans folks of all ages. It’s harmful, it’s dangerous, and whether or not you have an openly trans person in your life, it’s something we should all care about. A recent victory in the slow, ongoing fight for trans equality comes out of North Carolina. As reported by the Advocate, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees (which, at risk of redundancy, provides insurance to state employees), which means that the lower court’s ruling stands. What was the lower court’s ruling? That people can sue the plan if they’re denied coverage for gender-affirming health care. One of the plaintiffs involved in the case, Julia McKeown, said she’s “pleased” with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Burned out and frustrated. That’s how some members of Minnesota’s medical community describe the situation inside Twin Cities hospitals nearly two years into the pandemic. WCCO sat down with a team who were the first people to step up. We saw the very different paths they are on today. READ MORE: Minneapolis Restaurants File Suit Over City's COVID Vaccine Mandate“I still cannot wrap my head that this has all happened in the span of two years,” Emily Allen, a registered nurse, said. They were there from day one — when last March St. Paul’s Bethesda Hospital pivoted to COVID care. That where 1,000 patients came through over seven months; 131 died. Angie Whitley was the former nurse manager at Bethesda. “There are days I still struggle. I probably will for a long time, but I’ve found new meaning,” Whitley said. Sending this group of health care workers, in some cases, far away from such settings. Whitley went to work with the health department traveling across the state giving vaccinations to people struggling with the...
    ROME (AP) — Some 1,900 Italian doctors and dentists have been suspended from the country’s professional association because they haven’t complied with a law requiring them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster shot. That amounts to 0.4% of total membership, but the federation says some 30,000 other members still haven’t completed their vaccinations. The federation noted that some of them might not be violating the law since they might have tested positive and can’t now receive the vaccine yet or might have health reasons they can’t be vaccinated. Still others are waiting until they are eligible to receive a booster dose at least four months after their last vaccine shot. That’s a rough number that doesn’t photograph the real situation of non-compliant health workers,” Filippo Anelli, federation president, said in a statement. Italy requires all health care workers, teachers, police, armed forces members and those who provide services to nursing home residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It also requires all people 50 or older to be fully vaccinated or recently recovered from the...
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced Thursday that the Biden administration would award $103 million to help respond to critical staffing needs and health care worker burnout.  Money will go toward promoting mental health and wellness among the workforce – particularly in rural and underserved communities – with evidence-informed programs, practices and training. COVID-19: NEARLY HALF OF VIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS ARE FOR OTHER ISSUES The multi-year awards will support proven strategies for health care providers, academic institutions and other recipients, including the creation of partnerships and utilization of local resources to support health professionals’ response to workplace stressors. Registered nurse Sara Nystrom, of Townshend, Vt., prepares to enter a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne) The funds will be distributed to 45 grantees through three programs, and were secured through the administration's American Rescue Plan. The three programs include Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce, the Health and Public...
    Roger Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack. Normally, the 67-year-old would have been sent to the intensive care unit. But Strukhoff said it was overrun with COVID-19 patients, and the staff instead had to wheel a heart monitor into his room and quickly administer nitroglycerin and morphine. “A doctor I know pretty well said, ‘Roger, we’re going to have to improvise right here,’” said Strukhoff, who lives in DeKalb, Illinois. The omicron surge this winter has not only swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19, it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments. Less-urgent procedures have been put on hold around the country, such as cochlear implant surgeries and steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis. And people with all sorts of medical complaints have had to wait in emergency rooms for hours longer than usual. Mat Gleason said he wheeled his 92-year-old father, Eugene Gleason, into a Los Angeles-area emergency room...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, a doctor who formerly served as White House physician to presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, made a sensational claim this past weekend about undocumented immigrants."In 2022, illegal immigrants will have MORE FREEDOMS and easier access to healthcare and ballot boxes than most Americans... Just think about that," Jackson, who has more than 190,000 Twitter followers, tweeted on Sunday.CNN researched his claims in detail. They are not even close to true. Facts First: Jackson was thoroughly incorrect. Undocumented immigrants are prohibited from voting in all federal elections, all state elections and almost all local elections; the vast majority of citizens have the right to vote in all three. And undocumented immigrants, unlike citizens, are prohibited from receiving health insurance coverage from Medicare, Medicaid (with the exception of emergency Medicaid), the Children's Health Insurance Program (though some states use CHIP to cover prenatal care for all) and Affordable Care Act exchanges. "Rep. Jackson's statement is wildly inaccurate," San Francisco State University political science professor Ron Hayduk, who studies political participation and immigration and wrote a...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Union nurses want Governor Charlie Baker to address employee burnout nearly two years into the pandemic. The Massachusetts Nurses Association says the health care system is buckling under the pressure of both COVID patients and those who delayed care during the pandemic. “We are now at a place we all feared. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed and burned out,” they wrote in a letter to Baker. “The Recent regulatory changes have made it easier for nurses to resign their positions and become travel nurses within the state at significant rate increases – further destabilizing the nursing workforce and increasing the cost of care.” The union is calling for a series of actions to help health care workers, including: Quicker licensing for out-of-state nurses to help with the staffing crisis Stricter visitor policies at hospitals Onsite testing and booster shots for health care staff All staff interacting with patients be provided with new, single-use N95 masks “We’ve asked the governor to declare a state of emergency so that we can try to get in front of...
                 Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a COVID action plan aimed at expanding healthcare facilities’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and coping with test shortages. The plan also includes COVID-19 vaccine outreach. Youngkin announced the plan during a stop in Roanoke. “As your governor, I will not mandate the vaccine,” Youngkin said according to The Roanoke Times. “But as your neighbor and as your friend, I am strongly encouraging you to please get it.” Virginia is in a wave of high COVID-19 case numbers. Although daily case numbers are declining, they are still higher than the previous highs set in January 2021. The Virginia Department of Health reported 14,803 cases on Thursday, and reports that unvaccinated people are 4.4 times more likely to get COVID-19 than vaccinated people. Hospitalizations are still climbing, reaching 3,871 on Thursday, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA). VHHA CEO Sean Connaughton thanked Youngkin in a Thursday press release. “In the past month, Virginia hospitals have encountered some of the most challenging circumstances seen since the pandemic began. A rapidly escalating surge has...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state could drop its school mask mandate before the end of the year if COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop.Murphy offered some hope that it could happen by the end of the school year during an interview Thursday morning."You're speaking about a school year that ends in June, I think there's a real shot at that," Murphy said. "We are early days in terms of turning the corner but it certainly looks like we've begun to turn the corner here."The governor was also asked about the decision to get all health care workers vaccinated and boosted and dropping the testing options.It's a decision that is not sitting well with New Jersey's largest health care workers' union."At a time when it is critical to have even more testing, I'm not understanding why we're testing less," said HPAE President Debbie White.The COVID-19 indicators in New Jersey are moving in the right direction although the number of hospital workers with the virus is still high, according to the union.The state has seen...
    (CNN)Some Atlanta-area hospitals are so packed that ambulances are getting sent elsewhere.Medical professionals from six healthcare systems described overwhelming conditions during a virtual news conference Thursday as the Omicron variant keeps tearing across the South. Oklahoma City hospitals are at breaking point, health care system leaders say"Aside from being overwhelmed with patients -- and we are running about 110% capacity right now -- we've had to divert ambulances over the last several weeks because of the huge number of patients coming in," said Dr. Robert Jansen, chief medical officer at Grady Health System in Atlanta. "That has a big impact on the rest of the city."While some parts of the country have started to see new Covid-19 numbers decrease, many others are struggling with the Omicron wave. "Do understand: This is real," Jansen said. "This has been an overwhelming peak on top of an already fatigued staff."Read MoreNot enough staff and resourcesIt's not the just the crush of patients pushing some hospitals to the limit -- it's also staff shortages. Its rare to get an open bed, a Kentucky hospital...
    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveiled his plan for combating the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, which includes programs to promote vaccinations without implementing mandates. The governor’s COVID-19 Action Plan is divided into three fronts: The COVID-19 vaccine Marshall Plan for Virginia, expanded health care flexibility and support and prioritized testing guidelines. The COVID-19 vaccine Marshall Plan is a framework for promoting vaccines to the 1.6 million Virginians who are not vaccinated without implementing mandates. The plan will direct the commonwealth’s health secretary to re-prioritize resources into vaccine outreach and promotion. Youngkin will also host and attend vaccine promotion events, according to the plan. The expanded health flexibility portion of the plan relates to Executive Order No. 11 that Youngkin signed, which is aimed at improving the conditions at Virginia hospitals as they relate to the pandemic. That section of the plan will waive regulations on capacity limits in hospitals and nursing homes so they can add beds, ease the process for qualified out-of-state nurses and medical professionals who want to practice in Virginia and expand overtime hours and flexibility for personal care...
    I’ve been dodging COVID since March 2020. Back then, I would have been appalled at having asymptomatic doctors and nurses infected with COVID treating patients, which state officials now say is permissible. Now I see this as a necessity. We’re losing this war. Omicron is surging in huge numbers, a wave bred in the unvaccinated, the uneducated and the uncaring. People are flooding our hospitals during the worst time of the year for ERs: winter, when flu and other respiratory diseases spike. It’s a rock and a hard place numbers game as omicron knocks health care workers out by the thousands — at a time when staffing is already a big problem. Combined with burnout, retirement and higher paying “travel” jobs to COVID hot spots, this wave has put us in a perfect storm. Lately, we are seeing patients as if practicing for a disaster that has already arrived. In my hospital and so many others, sick patients clog the ER because there is nowhere to put them. My emergency department, and those across California and the country, must stay...
    Ambulances outside University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, on Jan. 7, 2022.Karl Merton | Tribune News Service | Getty Images As Covid-19 cases surge across the nation, Republican and Democratic governors alike are issuing new or reinstated emergency health orders in an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant and alleviate the strain on hospitals. Officials from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Kansas and California have all announced executive measures — some of which are renewals of emergency orders that are expiring or have been lifted — since the start of the month. Instead of ordering lockdowns and business closures, which devastated the economy at the beginning of the pandemic, the fresh round of orders is designed to free up resources so state and local agencies can prepare for the onslaught of cases and potentially overwhelmed hospitals. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said the state had to "commit every resource available to beating back the wave" when he renewed his public health emergency and state of emergency declarations last week. Murphy had...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says those working in health care and high-risk congregant settings need to be vaccinated and boosted. Health care workers have until Jan. 27 to get their first shots, and until Feb. 28 to be fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Storm Watch: 1-3" Of Snow Expected, Winter Weather Advisories In Effect Through 1PMOthers in high-risk settings, including correctional facilities, must get their first dose by Feb. 28 and their second by March 30. WATCH: Gov. Murphy Announces Vaccine And Booster Mandate “The science tells us that it’s no longer good enough to just receive your primary series, as being boosted is necessary to protect yourself and those around you,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Therefore, everyone who works in these settings is now also required to get their booster.” READ MORE: Police: 11-Month-Old Child Shot In Face In The BronxHealth care employees need their booster shots by Feb. 28, and those in high-risk settings by the March 30 deadline. The governor said there will be no testing option, and workers who do not comply...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new service in the Fox Chapel Area School District will help students and staff with their mental health. READ MORE: Judge Throws Out Guilty Verdict, Orders New Trial For Accused Night Club Shooter Charles BecherIt’s being called “Care Solace” and according to the Trib, it will serve as a concierge service to connect students and staff with mental health professionals. READ MORE: Pa. State Rep. Wants Natural Immunity As Exemption To COVID-19 Vaccine MandatesThe district then would get reports from Care Solace if it finds any needs the district can fill. MORE NEWS: Search For Suspects Continues After Student Killed In Shooting Outside Oliver Citywide AcademyIdentities will be kept private.
    WINDSOR (KPIX) — A North Bay family medicine physician is making health care more accessible for remote areas of northern Guatemala where clinics are hours away. Dr. Kate Feibusch of Windsor travels to northern Guatemala two to three times a year to improve health care in remote rural villages. READ MORE: San Francisco Opens Help Center For Tenderloin District Residents In Need“The roads are in very poor condition, so people can live as much as four hours away from a clinic and eight hours away from a hospital,” Dr. Feibusch said. The single mother of two practices family medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, but she also founded Peten Health in 2017. The nonprofit trains community health workers in Guatemala so that they themselves can provide affordable emergency care to neighbors back in their villages. They treat ailments, from dental and asthma to diabetes and fractures. “It’s a rural farming area, so there’s lots of injuries, they sew up lacerations all the time,” Dr. Feibusch said. Peten Health built new a clinic with a quarter million dollars she raised...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday requiring workers in health care and high-risk settings to be fully vaccinated and boosted.The order does not allow for a test-out option.For those in the health care community who are still unvaccinated, they now have until Jan. 22 to get their first vaccine dose.Those who work in high-risk living facilities, such as prisons, have until Feb. 28 to get their first dose."The science tells us that it's no longer good enough to just receive your primary series as being boosted is necessary to protect yourself and those around you," Murphy said. "Therefore everyone who works in these settings is now also required to get their booster. If you're currently eligible but haven't gotten it, please go get it."Murphy says there are no plans to expand the vaccine and booster mandate beyond health care workers and those working in high-risk settings."The resilience of New Jersey's healthcare workforce and the safety of the patients and long-term care residents they serve is paramount," said New Jersey Department of Health...
    Morehead, Kentucky (CNN)Dr. Aaron Parker Banks gets emotional when talking about the toll Covid-19 has taken on his tightknit rural community in northeastern Kentucky, where he works as the only physician at a clinic."I've held the hands of people dying of Covid," he said. "I've had close friends lose their lives, even at my age," said Parker Banks, who is 35. "I've had somebody who was like a second mom to me lose her battle."There are "just not words for what we're experiencing right now at the health care forefront," the doctor said. As the Omicron variant continues to blitz the country, Kentucky this week hit an all-time high positivity rate for Covid-19: Almost one in three -- 30.25% -- residents who were tested were positive for the virus. "The increase is significant, severe," Gov. Andy Beshear said, with "72,165 new cases in one week, by far more than any other surge that we have had."Read MoreAnd the state's health care workers are once again bearing the brunt of the brutal surge. In rural areas such as Owingsville, Kentucky, where...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nurses the state hired to assist hospitals amid a staffing shortage began arriving to Minnesota on Wednesday, a welcome boost as patient volumes overwhelm the health care system. Gov. Tim Walz last week announced $40 million in spending from a pot of federal relief money to contract with a national staffing agency to bring on more workers. There will be 220 total nurses coming to hospitals across the state. READ MORE: Federal Trial Begins Wednesday For 3 Frm. MPD Officers Charged In George Floyd's DeathStarting this week, 100 nurses will take on shifts at 23 hospitals. They will work 60-hour weeks, or one-and-a-half times a normal workload. An additional 100 nurses are promised next week. CentraCare is getting five nurses this week at three hospitals in Monticello, Willmar and Melrose and expects more to come to St. Cloud Hospital next week. Its director of emergency preparedness, Rachel Mockros, underscored the challenges that hospitals in the group have faced since the pandemic’s onset: shortages of staff and supplies. “We’re all fighting for the same resources and they just...
    WASHINGTON -- To mark the two-year anniversary of the United States' first lab-confirmed COVID-19 case, National Geographic Documentary Films is streaming "The First Wave" free for 48 hours.Director Matthew Heineman's critically acclaimed documentary will be available for free and without commercials on this ABC station's streaming apps from midnight ET Thursday through midnight ET on Saturday.Click here to learn how to download our apps for your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV devices to stream "The First Wave."With a focus on honoring frontline health care workers, the 48-hour virtual event includes a message from Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy along with a Facebook Live Q&A discussion scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Heineman, film participant Dr. Nathalie Dougé and the Skoll Foundation's Nancy Messonnier are scheduled to attend the Q&A."The First Wave" documents the harrowing first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic with health care workers at one of New York's hardest-hit hospitals, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Heineman, known for his character-driven approach, embeds with a group of doctors, nurses and patients as they...
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — There’s been a slight decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases across the tri-state region, but deaths are increasing and hospitalizations remain higher than ever. Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced a new mandate for New Jersey. READ MORE: Woman Beaten To Death With Pipe In Old City, Philadelphia Police SayHospitals are being bombarded with patients who are critically sick and also people who aren’t, which is overwhelming the system. In response, Murphy on Wednesday announced new requirements for people who work in high-risk health care settings. Murphy was at a new surge testing site in Galloway Township announcing a new executive order mandating all health care workers to be vaccinated and boosted and the elimination of a testing option. “We are no longer going to look past those who continue to put their colleagues and perhaps, more importantly, those who are their responsibility in danger of COVID,” Murphy said. While there are some encouraging trends, COVID-19 numbers in New Jersey are still breaking records. “This one month has amounted to more than one-quarter...
    Groups like the 'American College of Pediatricians' are using their professional associations to legitimize dangerous messaging about LGBTQ people. Several groups outside of mainstream professional health organizations are utilizing their image as legitimate health resources to attack transgender-affirming care and promote anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy." "Conversion therapy" is a practice that wrongly asserts LGBTQ people's sexual orientation or gender can be changed through a variety of harmful methods. It has been discredited by leading health experts as dangerous, ineffective, and based in falsehoods about human sexuality and gender. In recent years, a number of anti-LGBTQ groups have attempted to push "conversion therapy," regardless of its dangers, by passing themselves off as mainstream health care associations, advocating against gender-affirming care and any political progress on transgender rights. Among those groups is the American College of Pediatricians. The group, whose name is markedly similar to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a distinguished professional association founded in 1930, is frequently referred to as ACPeds. It is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "a...
    By Emma H. Tobin | Associated Press NEW YORK — Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s. It’s especially important now with health care systems under strain, and with people in higher-risk situations such as crowded, indoor settings for extended periods, says Linsey Marr, who studies viruses at Virginia Tech. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend the kinds of masks used by health care workers, but also noted it’s important to pick a mask that fits well and that you’ll wear consistently. “Our main message continues to be that any mask is better than no mask,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said in a statement. Previously, the CDC had said N95 masks should be reserved for health care workers because of supply shortages. There’s a special category of “surgical N95” masks that are generally not available for sale to the public that the CDC says should...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says those working in health care and high-risk congregant settings must be vaccinated and boosted. The governor said there will be no testing options. Stick with CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com for more on this breaking news.
    (CBS4) – While Colorado’s top doctors may agree the spread of the omicron variant has reached its peak in many areas, emergency room physicians are asking the state to for immediate assistance as some front-line health care workers burn out amid numerous roadblocks. “We still have a couple more weeks at least of very high case rates and associated hospital utilization and you’ve got to remember, this is a time of year when you typically have people seeking health care at high rates even without the pandemic being here and so people still have heart attacks, strokes, high acuity medical conditions that need to be addressed and we want to continue to provide those services and we think there’s some potential ways in which we can work with the governors office, with the state health department to address some things that can be improved,” said Jamie Dhaliwal, an Emergency Physician and Medical Director at Saint Anthony North. Dhaliwal also sits on the board of the American College of Emergency Physicians, which sent a letter to the state last week saying,...
              by Mary Stroka   Several career-focused educational grants and funding opportunities were announced last week for Iowa institutions. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced funding initiatives in her 2022 Condition of the State Address, including the first-in-the nation Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program. Through the program, current high school students can earn paraeducator certificates and associates degrees, and paraeducators can earn their bachelor’s degree while learning and working in the classroom. The program starts in the 2022-2023 school year. Iowa will spend $9 million in American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief funding on the program. School districts must partner with local community colleges or four-year colleges to provide the required education and training. The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development will provide up to $40,500 over three years per high school student who completes either the paraeducator certificate or the associate’s degree model. The DOE will provide up to $47,000 over two years for every paraeducator who completes the bachelor’s degree. Specifically, that funding will support tuition and fees up to $7,000 for up to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s. It’s especially important now with health care systems under strain, and with people in higher-risk situations such as crowded, indoor settings for extended periods, says Linsey Marr, who studies viruses at Virginia Tech. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend the kinds of masks used by health care workers, but also noted it’s important to pick a mask that fits well and that you’ll wear consistently. “Our main message continues to be that any mask is better than no mask,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said in a statement. Previously, the CDC had said N95 masks should be reserved for health care workers because of supply shortages. There’s a special category of “surgical N95” masks that are generally not available for sale to the public that the CDC says should continued to be reserved for health...
    HARVEY, Ill. (CBS) — Federal help is now coming to UChicago Medicine and their Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, to assist with the COVID surge and staffing. A 26-person national disaster team of nurses, doctors, and paramedics will be on hand for two weeks. READ MORE: Another Chicagoan Comes Forward, Says Apple AirTag Was Used To Track And Stalk HerThe hospital currently has 71 patients with COVID. “I’m grateful to our federal partners for bringing more skilled support staff to Illinois hospitals hit hard by COVID-19,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news release announcing the federal assistance. “This latest 26-person team will provide vital support to medical workers at UChicago Medicine Ingalls, allowing them to continue providing lifesaving care for all patients. My administration will continue to do everything we can to support our health care institutions as they pursue creative and safe solutions to build capacity for patient care throughout this unprecedented crisis.” “Our health care workers continue to work tirelessly as we see the highest number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 than at any time...
    A 55-year-old Buffalo, Minn., man, critically ill from COVID-19, has been transferred to a Texas hospital after his wife secured a restraining order against an Allina hospital that had planned to take him off a ventilator. According to court documents, Anoka County District Judge Jennifer Stanfield on Thursday granted Anne Quiner, wife of and power of attorney for Scott Quiner, the order. Anne Quiner then moved him from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to an undisclosed Texas hospital. Anne and Scott Quiner (Courtesy of the Quiner family)  “The patient was transported to a health care facility of the family’s choice this morning,” the health care system said in a statement Saturday. “Allina Health is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best.” On Monday, after questions were raised about Scott Quiner’s care, Allina released a second statement saying it “has great confidence in the exceptional care provided to our patients, which is administered according to evidence-based practices by our talented and compassionate medical teams.”...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled her $216 billion budget proposal on Tuesday, and it features an ambitious agenda. “We have the means to immediately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as embrace this once-in-a-generation opportunity for the future with a historic level of funding that is both socially responsible and fiscally prudent,” Hochul said in a statement. “As I said in my State of the State speech: It’s time for a better, fairer, and more inclusive version of the American Dream. I’m calling it the ‘New York Dream.’ We will make that New York Dream real — and ensure that it can be realized by every single New Yorker.” Watch: Gov. Hochul Lays Out New York State Budget Proposal In her first budget, Hochul said her administration plans to make historic investments in education, infrastructure, and rebuilding the health care industry. She also plans to tackle affordable housing and climate change initiatives. “Governor Hochul set the stage for recovery from the pandemic with a most promising executive budget that includes support for workers and small...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — With cases and hospitalizations declining, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman Jr. defended the county’s indoor mask mandate in the face of a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order of the policy. Even the Omicron-driven surge in cases is waning, 39 Anne Arundel County residents have died from the virus in the last week, the highest seven-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to Pittman and county health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman. READ MORE: Maryland Senate Committee To Hear Testimony On Expanded 'Slow Down, Move Over' Law“My message to the residents of Anne Arundel County is we’re better than this,” Pittman said of the suit. “We do care about one another, I know that you care about your neighbors.” While hospitals in the county are still operating under crisis standards of care, the number of new cases and hospital patients is plateauing, said Kalyanaraman. There are currently 230 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. “That’s exactly what we wanted to see with the mask mandate,” he said. “It’s exactly what is needed to decrease the...
    (CNN)Oklahoma City hospitals are short of staff and overwhelmed, with no ICU or inpatient beds available as the Omicron variant causes a surge of Covid-19 patients, according to an open letter from leaders of the city's four major health care systems."Our emergency departments are overflowing. Our caregivers are still strong, but they are exhausted. Even these heroes can't keep up much longer. The Oklahoma City Health Care System is at a breaking point," Monday's letter said.Omicron might mark the end of pandemic phase -- unless a certain scenario happens, Fauci saysIt was signed by the chief medical officers of INTEGRIS Health, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Oklahoma University Health hospitals and SSM Health St. Anthony."Soon, you or a loved one may need us for life-saving care, whether for a stroke, emergency appendectomy or trauma from a car accident, and we might not be able to help. This pandemic isn't just impacting care for Covid patients," the letter said.On Monday morning, 107 patients were waiting for beds in Oklahoma City emergency rooms, according to the letter.Read MoreThe four health systems have 300...
    Originally published on Jan. 17, 2022 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A patient who has been battling COVID-19 on a ventilator for months at a Minnesota hospital has been moved to a hospital in Texas amid an ongoing legal battle between the family and hospital. Last week, an Anoka County judge ordered Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to keep the Buffalo man, Scott Quiner, on a ventilator. His wife, Anne, said she went to court after she was told by the hospital that nothing more could be done for her husband, and it was time to take him off the ventilator. She says she asked for other treatments. In documents filed to stop the hospital from taking Scott off a ventilator, it said she needed more time to find a new facility for care. And it said the actions would “end my husband’s life,” and she “vehemently disagree(s) with this action.” In an update, Allina Health said the patient was “transported to a health care facility of the family’s choice” on Saturday. “Allina Health has...
    Florida has HB 211. Georgia has HB 401. North Carolina has HB 514, and Tennessee has SB 657. All of these bills—either introduced or soon to make their way through Republican-controlled state legislatures—seek to prohibit health care for trans minors and criminalize any health-care practitioners who provide it, including the prescribing of puberty blockers which trans youth advocates say can be vital for trans teens’ well-being. In Tennessee, violations of the act are defined as “child abuse.” There are similar bills up for consideration in Arizona, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. Underscored in many of the health-care bills is the notion that “the minor’s genetic sex at birth” is the gender identity that the state recognizes as legitimate. West Virginia’s HB 2171, the “Vulnerable Child Protection Act,” prohibits “certain medical treatments and procedures upon a minor, including an emancipated minor, for the purpose of attempting to change or affirm the minor’s perception of the minor’s sex, if that perception is inconsistent with the minor’s genetic sex at birth and making such medical treatments and procedures...
    SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) — New guidelines allowing health care workers across the state who test positive for coronavirus to come back to work under certain conditions are getting pushback from unions, as public health officials try to weigh what’s best for patients and staff during the Omicron surge. Hospital officials in the Bay Area haven’t had to ask infected health care workers who are asymptomatic to return immediately, but new state guidelines would allow that to happen if needed. READ MORE: Fremont Woman Killed in New York After Being Shoved In Front of Approaching Subway TrainEven with one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, health officials say about 5% of the population in Marin County is infected with COVID. That means health care settings including hospitals could face a shortage of workers, if they haven’t already. “We’re seeing staff shortages in multiple sectors of essential response like ambulance crews, long term care facilities, our hospitals and clinics are all experiencing stress,” said Marin County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis. Dr. Karen Shavelson is...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The reverend Martin Luther King Jr. challenged injustices across all levels of American society, including health care. On Monday, two physicians reflected on Dr. King's work, and shared mission for the future to combat health care inequities.Dr. Susan Rogers, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, remembers when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited her hometown."When I was in seventh grade, Dr. King came to Chicago to march against the segregated neighborhoods that he found were just as bad in the northern cities like Chicago as they were in the Deep South," said Rogers.It was also in Chicago that Dr. King said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death," according to the Associated Press. It was at a news conference in connection with the Medical Committee for Human Rights."The situation of health care in this country was abysmal for minorities. The segregation of hospitals," said Rogers.Dr. Rogers is now president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP.)...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) – Around 200 Kaiser mental health clinicians in Oakland went on strike Monday to demand better care for communities of color, representatives of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said. Psychologists, social workers, addiction counselors and marriage and family therapists from Oakland and Richmond were picketing Monday morning outside Kaiser’s Oakland hospital at 3600 Broadway. READ MORE: Thieves Target License Plates in San Francisco; Rack Up Parking TicketsAt 10:30 a.m., the workers were scheduled to march to Kaiser’s headquarters at 1 Kaiser Plaza in Oakland and hold a rally there at 11:30 a.m. The strike will end after the rally, organizers said. No strike activity is taking place in Richmond. “Kaiser treats mental health care as separate and unequal to its medical care,” said Sabrina Chaumette, a social worker, who is one of only five Black mental health clinicians providing care to adult Kaiser patients in Oakland, in a statement. Kaiser therapists strike wanting action to provide culturally-responsive mental health care to communities of color and also protest Kaiser not making MLK Day 2022 a...