American Hospital Association supports COVID-19 vaccine mandates

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The American Hospital Association supports hospitals and health systems that require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the group announced Wednesday.

AHA, which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals and health systems, joins dozens of providers and several associations that have also backed vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.

“The evidence is clear: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing both the risk of becoming infected and spreading the virus to others,” AHA CEO Rick Pollack said in prepared remarks. “The AHA supports hospitals and health systems that choose, based on local factors, to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their workforce. Doing

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Peru arrests state hospital workers for charging COVID-19 patients $21,000 per bed

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People wait next to empty oxygen tanks to fill them up for patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), outside a private oxygen supplier, in Lima, Peru February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

LIMA, July 21 (Reuters) – Peruvian police said on Wednesday they had dismantled an alleged criminal ring that had charged as much $21,000 per bed for seriously ill COVID-19 patients in a state-run hospital, aggravating care in a country hit by one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks of the virus.

Authorities arrested nine people in an early morning raid on Wednesday, including the administrators of Lima’s Guillermo Almenara

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RWJBarnabas Health in NJ fires 6 hospital supervisors for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

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A New Jersey hospital axed six supervisor-level employees for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, reports said.

RWJBarnabas Health had required supervisory workers to get jabbed by June 30, and now the system plans to expand that requirement to all of its staff and doctors, northjersey.com reported.

“As of July 14, 2,979 staff members, or 99.7 percent, who are at the supervisor level and above, have been fully vaccinated or received medical and religious exemptions or a deferral,” the company said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.

“Regrettably, six staff at the supervisor level and above have

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Watch now: McLean County adds 91 COVID cases, 1 death as hospital beds fill | Health

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BLOOMINGTON ⁠— Reflecting trends across the state, cases of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations in McLean County have been on the uptick for weeks, while the number of vaccinations drops steadily. 

On Wednesday, local statistics surged, with the McLean County Health Department reporting 91 cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in the past week. The most cases in one day came July 17, when 22 were confirmed. 

With 86 people isolating at home and 10 county residents hospitalized due to COVID, the county’s active caseload stands at 96 — nearly double that of last week. 

As cases increase, so does the rolling,

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Kansas City hospitals out of beds as COVID-19 variant grows

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Like other hospitals in the Kansas City region, the University of Kansas Health System is turning down transfer patients because its beds are full, setting up a potential crisis, its chief medical officer said Wednesday.

“I think we’re at a tipping point,” Steve Stites said during KU’s daily briefing. “If we don’t take it seriously, we could easily end up back where we were in

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