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‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

April 25, 2021[Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.]SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. — Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed into something darker and more menacing.Certainly, there was that Sunday afternoon in May, when protesters broke through the gates to her private hillside neighborhood, took up positions around her home, and sang “Gail to Jail,” a ritual they would repeat every Sunday for weeks.This...

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Can the US Keep Covid Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes

Can the US Keep Covid Variants in Check? Here’s What It Takes

This story also ran on . It can beThe covid-19 variants that have emerged in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and now Southern California are eliciting two notably distinct responses from U.S. public health officials.First, broad concern. A variant that wreaked havoc in the U.K., leading to a spike in cases and hospitalizations, is surfacing in a growing number of places in the U.S. This week, another worrisome variant seen in Brazil surfaced in Minnesota. If these or other strains significantly change the way the virus transmits and attacks the body, as scientists fear they might,...

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California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

It can beIn these first lumbering weeks of the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan has had a battlefront view of a daunting logistical operation.Vaishampayan is the health officer in Stanislaus County, an almond-growing mecca in California’s Central Valley that has recorded about 40,000 cases of covid-19 and lost 700 people to the illness. Her charge is to see that potentially lifesaving covid shots make it into the arms of 550,000 residents.And like her dozens of counterparts across the state, she is improvising as she goes.From week to week, Vaishampayan...

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‘Nine Months Into It, the Adrenaline Is Gone and It’s Just Exhausting’

‘Nine Months Into It, the Adrenaline Is Gone and It’s Just Exhausting’

It can beIn March, during the first week of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first-in-the-nation stay-at-home order, KHN working on the front lines of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, these doctors reported dire shortages of personal protective equipment and testing supplies. Health officials had no idea how widespread the virus was, and some experts warned hospitals would be overwhelmed by critically ill patients.In the end, due to both the early sweeping shutdown order and a state-sponsored effort to bolster the supply chain, Bay Area hospitals were able to avert that...

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Dec 21
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Pandemic Backlash Jeopardizes Public Health Powers, Leaders

Pandemic Backlash Jeopardizes Public Health Powers, Leaders

December 15, 2020This story also ran on . It can beTisha Coleman has lived in close-knit Linn County, Kansas, for 42 years and never felt so alone.As the public health administrator, she’s struggled every day of to keep her rural county along the Missouri border safe. In this community with no hospital, she’s failed to persuade her neighbors to wear masks and take precautions against COVID-19, even as cases rise. In return, she’s been harassed, sued, vilified — and called a Democrat, an insult in her circles.Even her husband hasn’t listened to her, refusing to require customers to wear...

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Ataques a la salud pública generan éxodo de funcionarios en medio de la pandemia

Ataques a la salud pública generan éxodo de funcionarios en medio de la pandemia

December 15, 2020Tisha Coleman ha vivido en el muy unido condado de Linn, Kansas, por 42 años. Y nunca se ha sentido tan sola.Como administradora de salud pública, ha luchado cada día de la pandemia para mantener a salvo a su condado rural, ubicado a lo largo de la frontera con Missouri. A cambio, ha sido acosada, demandada, vilipendiada y le han gritado “cumple-órdenes”.Los meses de peleas por máscaras y cuarentenas ya la estaban desgastando. Luego contrajo COVID-19, probablemente de su esposo, quien se ha negado a exigir el uso de máscaras en la ferretería familiar. Su madre también lo...

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As Broad Shutdowns Return, Weary Californians Ask ‘Is This the Best We Can Do?’

As Broad Shutdowns Return, Weary Californians Ask ‘Is This the Best We Can Do?’

This story also ran on . It can beSANTA CRUZ, Calif. — For Tom Davis, being told by the state this week that he must close his Pacific Edge Climbing Gym for the third time in six months is beyond frustrating. The first time the rock-climbing gym and fitness center shut down, co-owners Davis and Diane Russell took out a government loan to pay employees. The second time, they were forced to lay everyone off — themselves included. Now, as they face another surge of COVID cases across California, he fears he may lose the business for good.California’s ping-ponging approach to managing the virus...

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Nov 18
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Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck’

Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck’

October 8, 2020October 8, 2020Each evening, volunteers serve a hot meal to anyone in need at Border Friendship Park in Calexico, California. After Imperial County closed public bathrooms, organizers fought to have hand-washing stations installed so the people they feed can wash up. (Anna Maria Barry-Jester/KHN)CALEXICO, Calif. — The message wasn’t lost on Daniel Gonzalez.Early in the pandemic, one of the first things Imperial County did to ward off the virus was close the public bathrooms and, later, public cooling centers. In this sprawling Southern California desert, where summer brings...

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The Trump Administration’s Own Data Says Obamacare Isn’t Imploding

The Trump Administration’s Own Data Says Obamacare Isn’t Imploding

President Trump and other Republicans have that one reason they have to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is that the : Healthy people are set up by the law, driving up costs and leading yet more people to drop insurance — a so-called “.” Many health insurance experts, however, have argued that those , and they recently got support from an unlikely source: the Trump administration itself.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, last week released about a wonky aspect of the Affordable Care Act related to insurance...

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