Latest Preventive care News

Will flight restrictions help as new virus variant emerges?

Nov. 26, 2021 20:29 PM EST

A new coronavirus variant identified in southern Africa is leading to a new round of travel restrictions just as many had finally begun to ease. The risks of the variant, called omicron, are largely unknown. But the World Health Organization has called it a “variant of...

Hawaii counties ease COVID-19 rules at restaurants, bars

Nov. 23, 2021 21:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Most of Hawaii's counties on Tuesday said they will allow restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity and eliminate a requirement that groups sit 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart at restaurants as the state eases some restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...

Navajo officials urge COVID-19 safety as holiday nears

Nov. 22, 2021 10:08 AM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, the Navajo Nation is urging residents on the vast reservation to limit in-person gatherings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The tribe reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and five more...

New research center measures impact of racism on healthcare

Nov. 20, 2021 01:02 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota opened a new research center in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic that measures the impact of racism on chronic health inequities among people of color in Minnesota. The Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity...

OSHA, South Dakota pork plant settle coronavirus complaint

Nov. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with Smithfield Foods to settle a contested citation of the company’s coronavirus safety measures during a massive outbreak last year at a South Dakota pork processing plant....

New Mexico clears way for boosters amid rise in COVID cases

Nov. 12, 2021 20:40 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is opening access to vaccine booster shots to all adults, responding to surging rates of infection that state health officials are partly linking to waning immunity among the vaccinated. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed...

Tennessee mulls putting strict rules on school mask mandates

Nov. 01, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee schools will have to jump through even more hoops if they want to implement mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19 under legislation recently approved by the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly. The strict new rules are...

Mosquito testing concludes, residents asked to prevent bites

Nov. 01, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island said they've finished testing mosquitoes for diseases this year, but they're still urging residents to prevent bites until the first hard frost. The state Department of Environmental Management said...

Vermont extends school mask suggestion until January

Oct. 27, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education is extending until January a recommendation that schools require students to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Education Secretary Daniel French said Tuesday the goal of extending the program is to...

FDA says Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids

Oct. 22, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

Federal health regulators said late Friday that kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections in elementary school children and caused no unexpected safety issues, as the U.S. weighs beginning vaccinations in youngsters. ...