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COVID surge: Pennsylvania hospital chain runs out of beds

Dec. 08, 2021 17:33 PM EST

One of Pennsylvania's largest health systems has run out of beds because of the latest COVID-19 surge, with doctors and nurses practicing “waiting room medicine” on patients who are forced to endure 10- to 20-hour delays in the emergency department, officials said Wednesday. ...

Maine activates National Guard amid hospital bed shortage

Dec. 08, 2021 17:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor activated as many as 75 members of the Maine National Guard on Wednesday to help expand capacity at health care facilities. The state is dealing with a surge in COVID-19 that has challenged its hospitals. A record of 379 people were...

Wisconsin requests federal help for staff-strapped hospitals

Dec. 08, 2021 17:18 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top health official said Wednesday that 270 health care facilities have requested staffing help and the state has asked for medical reserve teams from the federal government to provide relief for long term care facilities facing worker shortages. ...

German parliament to debate job-specific vaccine mandate

Dec. 07, 2021 04:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament is set to debate a proposed vaccine mandate for hospital and nursing home staff on Tuesday, among other measures meant to help break the country's biggest wave so far of coronavirus infections. At a special session, parliament's lower house also...

Walz names long-term care sites to get Guard staffing help

Dec. 06, 2021 16:36 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday sent the first three Minnesota National Guard skilled nursing teams to care facilities statewide on Monday as part of an effort to fix staffing woes amid the current wave of COVID-19 infections. Fifty Guard members were to begin...

Pandemic relief to help health care workers with child care

Dec. 06, 2021 14:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is using $5.5 million in pandemic relief money to help health care workers pay for licensed child care over the next year, the health department and the governor announced Monday. Funds will be available for parents and guardians who work in health...

More omicron detected as hospitals strain under delta surge

Dec. 04, 2021 23:56 PM EST

New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight. “The omicron variant is here, and as anticipated we are seeing the beginning of community spread," state...

Less is more: Independent clinics find niche in North Dakota

Dec. 04, 2021 01:19 AM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A desire to give patients a more personal style of health care and sometimes a broader range of services has led to a growing number of independent clinics operated by mid-level providers in the Minot region. In recent years, Minot has gained several...

US Navy medics due at New Mexico hospital strained by COVID

Dec. 03, 2021 18:08 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A team of U.S. Navy health care providers is expected to arrive this weekend at San Juan Regional Medical Center, where an official said a continuing surge in COVID-19 patients has pushed the hospital to more than 200% of its critical care capacity. ...

Belgium tightens virus rules again as hospitals suffer

Dec. 03, 2021 10:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium must tighten its coronavirus restrictions another notch as the latest surge in cases weighs heavily on health services and deprives people with other life-threatening diseases like cancer of necessary treatment, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday. ...