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COVID-19

‘There are only so many beds’: COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. Georgia medical centers are turning people away. And in Louisiana, an organ transplant had to be postponed along with

Housing

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until October 3, as the Biden administration sought to quell intensifying criticism from progressives that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The ban announced Tuesday could help keep millions in their homes as the

COVID-19

Delta force: What makes the COVID-19 variant different, and dangerous

After a brief period of decline, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the United States and experts say the delta variant, now deemed to be as contagious as the chickenpox, is to blame. Delta, the name for the variant officially known as B.1.617.2, is a mutation of the original coronavirus strain. Originating in India, the

Immigration

Children stopped at border likely hit record-high in July

The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures. The sharp increases from June

COVID-19

Mask guidance divides parents heading into new school year

With U.S. health officials recommending that children mask up in school this fall, parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate. The delta variant of the coronavirus now threatens to upend normal instruction for a third consecutive school year.

Opioid epidemic

New Opioid Death Numbers Show COVID Lockdowns Cost Lives

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show deaths involving opioids surged 37 percent between 2019 and 2020. An estimated 69,710 Americans lost their lives due to opioid overdoses last year, bolstering claims the COVID-19 lockdowns cost more than money. They cost lives. “The nation’s COVID pandemic made the nation’s drug overdose epidemic worse,” The

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