COVID-19

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 24, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

COVID-19 vaccine

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer — after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

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Gov. Polis calls on FDA to review positive Pfizer vaccine data for kids 5 to 11

BY: - September 20, 2021

Following Monday’s announcement from drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech that their COVID-19 vaccine appears safe and effective for 5- to 11-year-olds, Gov. Jared Polis called on federal regulators to expedite the approval process. “Given that the country is currently experiencing a pandemic, the (Food and Drug Administration) should cancel their weekend plans and postpone other […]

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1 in 99 people in Colorado estimated to be infectious with COVID-19

BY: - September 20, 2021

Colorado is currently in its fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1 in 99 people in the state estimated to be infectious with COVID-19, according to a statewide modeling report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health. The report estimates 70% of the Colorado […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

COMMENTARY

Breaking down the debate over booster shots

BY: - September 15, 2021

For days, news outlets have lit up with the growing controversy over booster shots. The question: “Do Americans need booster shots, and, if so, when?” On the one hand, President Joe Biden announced his administration would aim to secure booster shots by the end of September. However, these plans were announced prior to a completed […]

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Colorado prepares for large-scale rollout of booster shots, pending federal approval

BY: - September 13, 2021

State officials are preparing to roll out booster shots for older Coloradans and residents of long-term care facilities this month, pending an official OK from the federal government, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday during a virtual news briefing. “Now, keep in mind the impact (of vaccination against COVID-19) is much greater for the first two […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

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Lowest ICU bed availability in Colorado since pandemic began

BY: - September 10, 2021

Unvaccinated COVID-19 patients are causing extraordinary stress on Colorado hospitals, and fewer intensive-care unit beds are available in the state than at any time since the pandemic began, Gov. Jared Polis and state public health officials said during a Friday news briefing. As of Thursday, available ICU beds in Colorado dropped below 200 to 197, […]

COMMENTARY

Anger is the only reasonable response to COVID obstructionists

BY: - September 10, 2021

We were willing to debate the efficacy of masks. We agreed there should be balance between lockdown measures and economic interests. We patiently accumulated evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We kept our cool through every quack remedy and grifter treatment. We offered guidance to the confused and correctives to the misinformed. We […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]