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Vaccine proof required as strict mandate takes effect in L.A.

People entering a wide variety of businesses in the city of Los Angeles began having to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Monday as one of the country's strictest measures intended to slow spread of the coronavirus took effect.

Hospitals remain stressed. Is Idaho close to deactivating COVID-19 crisis standards?

After months of record-breaking numbers, Idaho in the past few weeks has seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and its test positivity rate. The state might finally have seen the worst of its fourth COVID-19 surge. But Idaho still might have a long way to go before it’s ready to deactivate statewide crisis standards of care, or health care rationing that allows providers to make decisions based on chance of survival if necessary. Even though the number of patients has declined, the caseload has not dropped enough so as not to overwhelm providers, public health officials say. Dave Jeppesen, Idaho Health and Welfare director, has said the state is looking for improvements on factors that brought him to first activate crisis standards. Those include hospitals no longer needing to use nontraditional spaces to admit patients, boarding patients that must be admitted in emergency rooms or seeing staffers overrun by the patient volume.

Dad Daze: Don’t hesitate, vaccinate children ages 5 to 11

It didn't take long for Kelli Hawkins to decide whether or not to vaccinate her 9-year old son. The public information officer for the Spokane Regional Health District recently asked her pediatrician a few questions about the vaccine before scheduling an appointment. "You have to inquire," Hawkins said. 

Proof of vax required as strict mandate takes effect in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Yoga studio owner David Gross felt relieved after Los Angeles passed a vaccine mandate that is among the strictest in the country, a measure taking effect Monday that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to shopping malls and theaters to nail and hair salons.

Schools take lead role in promoting vaccines for youngsters

With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning in person and making the classroom experience closer to what it once was.

Democrats facing tough slog in 2022 governor’s races

WASHINGTON — Republicans are increasingly optimistic about flipping governor's offices in key battleground states next year, buoyed by President Joe Biden's sagging approval ratings, Democratic infighting in Congress and better-than-expected results in elections in Virginia and New Jersey.

How U.S. rules on international travel are changing

More than a year and a half after COVID-19 concerns prompted the U.S. to close its borders to international travelers from countries including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and much of Europe, restrictions are shifting to focus on vaccine status.