Journalists Examine How Covid Polarizes Communities

California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed public health backlash on WABE’s “Did You Wash Your Hands?” on Jan. 5.

KHN Colorado correspondent Rae Ellen Bichell dissected how covid-19 exacerbates tensions between counties in Colorado on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on Jan. 9.

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner talked about mental health care and the pandemic on WAMU/NPR’s “1A” on Jan. 11.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Coronavirus Australia live: tennis stars enter isolation as Queensland denies hotel

International tennis players and staff have touched down in Melbourne ahead of next month’s Australian Open. Follow latest updates

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Police in southern NSW are appealing to the community after a toddler was found walking the streets of Albury at 4am.

No doubt a bit of a shock for the child’s parents to wake up to.

Police are searching for the family of a toddler found wandering the streets of West #Albury alone at around 4am this morning. The boy is in the care of officers who are hoping to reunite him with his parents.

Do you know this boy? Toddler found alone in West Albury at 4.30am https://t.co/pF55mw2gZj via @bordermail pic.twitter.com/xRYTdG3uYW

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And just when I was starting to think that we would never know Victoria’s number today.

But never fear he DHHS has pulled through and good news, it’s double doughnuts!

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

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In 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 has no idea how many new doses of covid vaccines will be delivered until just days before they arrive, complicating advance planning for mass inoculation clinics. The inoculation clinics themselves can be a bureaucratic slog, as county staffers verify the identities and occupations of people coming in … Read more

Donald Trump becomes the first US president to be impeached for a second time – live

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Mitch McConnell has said there’s no chance of an impeachment trial for Trump until after Joe Biden is inaugurated.

“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell said in a statement.

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That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where this historic day stands:

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Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System

In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories of seniors and essential workers.

As states widen eligibility requirements for who can get a covid-19 vaccine, health officials are often taking people’s word that they qualify, thereby prioritizing efficiency over strict adherence to distribution plans.


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“We are doing everything possible to vaccinate only those ‘in phase,’ but we won’t turn away someone who has scheduled their vaccine appointment and tells us that they are in phase if they do not have proof or ID,” said Bill Christian, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health.

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