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Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK – Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health offi...

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

NEW YORK – A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths. ...

Swelling after COVID-19 shots may cause cancer false alarms

Getting a mammogram or other cancer check soon after a COVID-19 vaccination? Be sure to tell the doctor about the shot to avoid false alarm over a temporary side effect. That’s th...

WHO: ‘Premature,’ ‘unrealistic’ COVID-19 will end soon

GENEVA – A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arriv...

Centura Health-Mercy implementing DAISY Award program to recognize nurses

Nurses at Centura Health-Mercy Regional Medical Center will now be honored by the DAISY Foundation recognition program. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses ...

Mercy Regional Medical Center recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

Centura Health-Mercy Regional Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptio...

New coronavirus variant in New York spurs caution, concern

NEW YORK – Another mutated version of the coronavirus has popped up in New York City, and experts reacted to the the news with a mixture of caution and concern. The new variant fi...

U.S. tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. Pre...

U.S. life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting. ...

San Juan Basin Public Health to host virtual resource fair

San Juan Basin Public Health will host a virtual resource fair from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday via Zoom. Learn how SJBPH’s client-based programs...

UN authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

TORONTO – The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the U.N. agency’s partners to ship millions of d...

CDC study finds two masks are better than one vs. COVID-19

NEW YORK – U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. ...
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