Health

Biden plans to reopen Obamacare enrollment

President Joe Biden is expected to reopen enrollment on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges on Thursday as part of a series of executive actions related to health care, taking a step to help uninsured Americans that his predecessor rejected.…

WSU planning for in-person learning in Fall 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University is planning to hold classes in-person this fall. According to WSU President Kirk Schulz, while details have yet to be finalized, the university is “planning for a robust in-person experience both inside and outside the…

Kennewick mass-vaccination site now closed for Monday

TUESDAY UPDATE: KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Southeast Washington Incident Management Team announced that the state is requiring appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Benton County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site. On Monday, the vaccination site was first come, first serve. The…

A year into the pandemic, health care workers have a new source of hope

Last week, a Covid-19 patient of mine told me he is finally going home after four months in the hospital. His tracheostomy tube has been taken out and he's breathing on his own. He's finally able to walk again, with some help. It's a new beginning for him and as he wished me a happy New Year, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time.

Coronavirus update: Bi-county region adds 336 cases

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The latest coronavirus update from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) includes statistics from over the long weekend. The BFHD says this is a three-day county. The bi-county region added 336 cases, bringing its total number of coronavirus…

US virus death toll tops 400,000 in Trump's final hours

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 400,000 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been judged by public health experts to be a singular failure. The running total of lives lost reported Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World II. It is about the population of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tampa, Florida; or New Orleans. It is equivalent to the sea of humanity that was at Woodstock in 1969. It is just short of the estimated 409,000 Americans who died in 2019 of strokes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined.