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The contract guarantees the hiring of 160 more nurses, more protective gear and COVID hazard pay. In other news: California updates its “No Pharmacist Left Alone” law; Mayo Clinic Health System President Bobbie Gostout is retiring; Albertsons hires a former Amazon exec as its new senior VP of pharmacy and health; and more.
The White House criticized the announcement: “… the lengths to which they will go to destroy jobs and raise costs on the consumer is alarming.”
The increase of 9 million more Americans is compared to 2018, the worst previous year. Other news is on exercising when the air is hazy, a death linked to black licorice, food safety and more.
The slow rebound is causing financial concerns for hospitals. Also in the news: liability claims against home care nurses; medical deferrals for immigrants; COVID grants; Northwell Health; Teladoc; Amwell; and Community Health Systems.
Hundreds of detainees and staff are being tested for COVID-19 amid an outbreak at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in California. And Mexican authorities say they will investigate claims that immigrant detainees were subjected to unwanted gynecological procedures at a rural Georgia hospital.
Media outlets report on news from California, Texas, South Dakota, New York, Idaho, Oregon, Louisiana, Colorado and District of Columbia.
News from North Carolina, Texas, South Dakota, California, Virginia, Rhode Island and Indiana schools is reported.
Slow-moving Hurricane Sally flooded cities in Alabama and Florida on Wednesday while residents of California, Oregon and Washington continued to choke on hazardous air.
Despite the pledge from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, there are no other signs of progress in stalemated negotiations between Democratic leaders and the White House over the next stimulus package.
In the West, the dangerous air quality is deteriorating with hospitals reporting more cases of acute breathing issues. Public health experts are also worried about the longer-term health impact of prolonged smoke exposure. News outlets report on the latest wildfire conditions and what people can do to protect themselves.
Babies of these moms are twice as likely to be born prematurely. Also, the mothers die more often than white mothers. More public health news is on the HPV vaccine, mask wearing and HIV, as well.
Everyone living in California, Oregon and Washington is under some level of warning about smoke-clogged air conditions created by the ongoing wildfires. Parts of California may not see relief until October.
Mask requirements have been fiercely debated in both states. Meanwhile, California lawmakers are criticized for improperly wearing masks. News is also from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Georgia and Texas.
California, Oregon and Washington battle raging fires that are burning huge stretches of those states, forcing more residents to evacuate to hotels and other shelters. President Donald Trump will survey the damage in California today.
Air quality in the West plummets as smoke filled with ash and burning chemicals pollutes the region creating dangerous health risks for many residents even living far beyond the immediate fire zones.
The Labor Department cited Smithfield Foods for failing to provide a safe workplace at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, plant and wants the company to pay a $13,494 fine. Smithfield says it will contest, while worker groups say the penalty is not sufficient.
As some residents in Western states evacuate their homes due to the raging wildfires, poor air quality has choked most of the region.
California news is also on funding programs for homelessness and Halloween celebrations. News is from New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Indiana, Georgia and Texas, as well.
What else can go wrong in California? The record temperatures and the fires are adding to the health problems on the West Coast.
News on the industry is from Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia, California and Missouri, as well.