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    1. Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      The OC Health Care Agency reported 572 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, Aug. 19, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 278,417.

      There have been 10,059 new infections reported in the last 14 days.

      There were 571 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Orange County hospitals, 133 of whom needed to be in an intensive care unit.

      Four new deaths were reported as of Thursday, increasing the count of those who have died from the virus at 5,169.

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    2. Orange County spike in COVID-19 cases: What to know

      Orange County spike in COVID-19 cases: What to know

      Orange County officials are expressing growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus amid a nationwide surge caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.

      As of Tuesday, 495 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Orange County, the highest number in about six months and nearly five times the number from a month ago when 102 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals on July 10.

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    3. US News Best Hospital ranking includes first health equity analysis

      US News Best Hospital ranking includes first health equity analysis

      Most U.S. hospitals are still disproportionately treating white patients for common services, a report published Tuesday shows, despite serving racially and ethnically diverse communities. A U.S. News & World Report analysis of federal data from 2015 through 2019 compared more than 1,400 hospitals to the racial or ethnic makeup of each hospital’s surrounding community.

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    4. Does Medicare Cover Addiction Treatment? | Personal-finance

      Does Medicare Cover Addiction Treatment? | Personal-finance

      Medicare does provide coverage for treatment of substance use disorders. But there are a wide variety of approaches, and Medicare pays for only the therapeutic services it considers reasonable and necessary. So it’s important to confirm with care providers, programs and pharmacies that Medicare reimburses them for their services. Nearly 1 million Americans 65 and older were reported as living with a substance use disorder in 2018, according to federal data.

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    5. Is aging a disease? Treating it like one could be worth trillions, study says

      Is aging a disease? Treating it like one could be worth trillions, study says

      We’re living longer, but not necessarily better. As the population over 65 in the United States is projected to double by 2060 — with one in five residents in retirement age — so will the number of Americans needing long-term care services. A new study suggests targeting aging itself — rather than individual diseases associated with it — could be the secret to combatting many health care costs traditionally associated with getting older.

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    6. Elder care industry confronts both a labor shortage and a financial crisis

      Elder care industry confronts both a labor shortage and a financial crisis

      In Rookie Olson’s nine years in the business, he’s never seen anything like it. Vernon Hall, the assisted living facility in Vernon where he’s the administrator and manager, can’t seem to hire or retain anyone. After advertising for a nurse for more than a year, he finally managed to hire someone this week, but he’s still desperately searching for two resident assistants to help the 16 he has on staff. Hiring is only the start of the battle.

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    7. In final daily update of COVID-19 stats, Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations – Orange County Register

      In final daily update of COVID-19 stats, Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations – Orange County Register

      Orange County saw a marked increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations reported Thursday, July 1.

      Hospitalizations jumped from 56 on Wednesday to 70 on Thursday, while the number of intensive care unit patients increased from 10 to 13.

      Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service, “I’m not over the moon about it, but it’s a little hard to say” if the increase is a cause for concern at this point.

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    8. Workplace Health and Safety

      Workplace Health and Safety

      In busy workplaces like warehouses, factories, construction sites, and hospitals, employees can be put at risk for injury or illness just by doing their jobs. You might strain your back lifting heavy boxes, injure your lungs with exposure to toxic chemicals used in industrial cleaning, or develop a repetitive motion injury to your arm or wrist by working on the same assembly line for hours at a time.

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    9. FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

      FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

      FDA approves 1st targeted drug for common lung cancer mutation This image provided by Amgen in May 2021 shows packaging for their medication Lumakras. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lumakras, the first medicine for adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have a common genetic mutation long considered untreatable with drugs. Each year, about 13,000 U.S. patients are diagnosed with this cancer and mutation.

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    10. Travel Tips For Your Post-Vaccination Memorial Day Weekend : NPR

      Travel Tips For Your Post-Vaccination Memorial Day Weekend : NPR

      Millions of Americans are grabbing a quick getaway this Memorial Day weekend, now that COVID-19 cases are down and vaccination rates are up.

      And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those who are vaccinated can go ahead and embrace those #shotgirlsummer vibes, there are some things you should keep in mind as you hit the road — including the fact that the seven-day average of new U.S. COVID-19 cases is still hovering around 24,000 infections per day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and 50% of the population hasn't been vaccinated.

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    11. Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

      Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

      Airborne transmission is one of the main pathways for the transmission of respiratory viruses, including the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (1). Wearing face masks has been widely advocated to mitigate transmission. Masks are thought to protect people in two ways: source control reducing the emission and spread of respiratory viruses through airborne droplets and aerosols, and wearer protection reducing the inhalation of airborne respiratory viruses.

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    12. Local company offers Covid-19 at home/office test

      Beacon is offering the at home/office Covid-19 test in large or small quantities.  Multiple suppliers, suggest you contact us for current best offers.

      Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test. Test with reliable results within minutes. Made in the USA. Lateral flow assay, No equipment required, Results within 10 minutes, minimally invasive specimen collection, nasal swab, POC (in patient care setting). Detects SARS-CoV2 nucleocapsid protein antigen with ultra high performance. Identifies acute infection with 88.4% sensitivity and 100% specificity. Complies with FDA

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    13. Why can’t Orange County move to the less restrictive yellow tier?

      Why can’t Orange County move to the less restrictive yellow tier?

      As Los Angeles County prepares to enjoy the further relaxed restrictions that will accompany moving to the state-designated yellow tier, some in Orange County are wondering: When is our turn?

      New state data released Tuesday, May 4, showed one of Orange County’s COVID-19 metrics, the number of new daily cases per 100,000 residents, continues to dwindle but has stayed stubbornly in the range of the orange (second-best) tier.

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