A growing body of evidence suggests kids’ innate immune systems usually nip the infection early on, preventing the virus from gaining a foothold.
Experts say when the test positivity rate is between 5-8%, they expect hospital populations to drop. In some Central Oregon counties, the rate is between 18-26%.
Critics say the plan should have been released months ago and does not go far enough to help areas lagging behind in vaccination rates.
A KHN investigation has found at least 26 states pushed through laws that permanently weaken government authority to protect public health.
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Primary and urgent care providers face high patient demand — and are increasing services — as hospitals remain crammed with COVID-19 and other patients.
Shortages, little competition and sticky high prices mean routine rapid testing remains out of reach for most Americans, even if prices drop 35%.
While mask use should help stifle the spread, experts say with schools resuming in-person learning, the flu may be more prevalent this year.
The state did away with its former crisis standards of care, calling them discriminatory. Some health care officials say what replaced the standards isn't enough.