Unvaccinated Coloradans almost 4 times as likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19

Coloradans who aren’t fully vaccinated were almost four times as likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 as of mid-August, suggesting that while the shots may have lost some effectiveness in preventing infections, they still greatly reduce the risk of severe illness. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ordered hospitals to begin reporting data about patients’ vaccination status last […]

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Americans ignore warnings against using ivermectin to treat COVID-19

Public health warnings against using the anti-parasite medication ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19, especially in the large doses meant for livestock, appear to have made little dent in its surging popularity in parts of the United States. Hospitals and poison control centers across the country are treating a growing number of patients taking the drug, even though every clinical […]

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Colorado COVID outbreaks fall in nursing homes

Nearly all settings in Colorado reported fewer outbreaks of COVID-19 this week, with the exception of schools, which essentially held steady. The biggest improvement was in long-term care facilities. As of Aug. 25, 73 nursing homes and assisted living facilities had reported outbreaks among residents or staff. This Wednesday, that total dropped to 35 active outbreaks. Improvement in long-term care […]

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COVID cases rising in Colorado children, but few hospitalized

New COVID-19 cases are rising faster in Colorado children than in adults, and kids’ hospitalizations have grown, too — though only modestly. New coronavirus infections in Colorado children started rising in July, in tandem with adult cases. In recent weeks, however, the rise has been faster in school-aged kids than adults, though it’s not clear if the return to classrooms […]

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Mormon vaccine push ratchets up, dividing faith’s members

SALT LAKE CITY — After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Allen said she’s taught her daughter that wearing a mask is Christlike, but now she worries her child feels like […]

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Colorado mandates vaccines for health care workers at licensed facilities

Colorado health care workers at about 3,800 licensed facilities across the state must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October, the state Board of Health voted in an emergency session Monday evening. The new vaccine mandate applies to staff and contractors who interact with patients or clients in assisted living homes, nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, community clinics and […]

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Colorado hospitals reactivate transfer center as delta variant drives hospitalizations

The Colorado Hospital Association reactivated the state’s Combined Hospital Transfer Center on Friday, saying that some facilities in the state are concerned about bed and staffing capacity as the delta variant has fueled a “significant increase” in COVID-19 patients. The center, which was deactivated in February, will help hospitals if they are full and need to transfer patients to other […]

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The Biden administration is being criticized for falling short on its pledge to provide vaccines to the world.

President Biden, who has pledged to fight the coronavirus pandemic by making the United States the “arsenal of vaccines” for the world, is under increasing criticism from public health experts, global health advocates and even Democrats in Congress who say he is nowhere near fulfilling his promise. Mr. Biden has either donated or pledged about 600 million vaccine doses to […]

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Heart Problem More Common After Covid-19 Than After Vaccination, Study Finds

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, a large new study from Israel confirms. But the side effect remains rare, and Covid-19 is more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine is, scientists reported on Wednesday. The research, which is based on the electronic health records of about two […]

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Aurora Public Schools staff will be required to get COVID-19 vaccine

All Aurora Public School employees will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer one this week, district officials said Monday. Superintendent Rico Munn wrote earlier this month that the approval would be the tipping point for requiring vaccinations for the entire district’s staff. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s […]

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