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Chicago Nurses, Union Reach Deal After Ending Strike

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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.

Number Of Patients, Surgeries Slow To Return To Normal, Report Finds

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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.

Health Crises Grow At Immigrant Detention Centers

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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.

Smoke From Historic Wildfires Smothers West, Blankets Much Of US

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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.

Air Quality Alerts Trap Western Residents Inside

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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.

North And South Dakota Are Nation’s Newest COVID Hot Spots

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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.