De Blasio to mandate COVID vaccinations for public hospitals staff: sources

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will mandate that employees of the city’s public hospital and health clinic systems be vaccinated for the coronavirus — or submit to weekly testing for COVID-19, The Post has learned.

The order, to be announced Wednesday, will cover Health and Hospitals employees and those who work at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s public clinics, sources said.

It will take effect beginning in August.

“We’re in a new era of COVID where there’ve been millions of people vaccinated and hospitalizations rates have gone down, but cases are rising and we need to make sure our

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RSV, other illnesses keep Blank Children’s Hospital full, doctor says masks should be worn this fall

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Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines has been at capacity or close to capacity every day for the last several weeks, according to hospital officials.They say this is a result of an increase in children being treated for COVID-19, RSV and other illnesses. “Our PICU is full. Our general pediatric floor is full. We’re like, rooming children in the halls of the ED. And so it really creates a situation that if those numbers continue, and we go back to school with no masks and under vaccinated children, it’s going to be very difficult rooming every child who needs a … Read the rest

Texas hospital reports its 1st case of lambda COVID-19 variant

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The lambda variant was first detected in Peru in August 2020.

A major Texas hospital system has reported its first case of the lambda COVID-19 variant, as the state reels from the rampant delta variant.

Houston Methodist Hospital, which operates eight hospitals in its network, said the first lambda case was confirmed Monday.

The lambda variant was first detected in Peru in August 2020, according to the World Health Organization and makes up 81% of COVID-19 cases sequenced in the country since

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Emergency COVID-19 hospital in Memphis closed without ever treating a patient

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The building at 495 Union Ave. was never used as a hospital.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A planned emergency overflow hospital for COVID-19 patients in Memphis has been decommissioned without ever being used, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said Monday.

The site was located in the 125,000-square-foot building at 495 Union Ave. formerly occupied by The Commercial Appeal newspaper offices. The building was renovated to make bed space for 402 COVID-19 patients.

It opened June 9, 2020, at a cost of $51 million, according to TEMA.

The state’s

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Covid-19 restrictions on family hospital visits persist, despite concern

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PHILADELPHIA — On an early summer morning in North Philadelphia, Marsha El sits on a bench outside Temple University Hospital, scrolling on her phone. Inside, doctors perform a heart procedure on her husband, Timothy. Barred from being by his side due to Covid-19 visitor restrictions, Marsha, a retired insurance company branch manager, anxiously waits for a phone call with any update on his condition.

“I’m just praying that when they take him upstairs, I’m able to go up here and visit him for a while,” she says.

Even as most businesses in the U.S. have been removing Covid mask

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