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The state department of health admitted to an error in data reporting, which inflated the number of negative test results in the state since April 21.
Who gets to live – and who doesn’t? It’s a decision no physician ever wants to make. In the midst of a global pandemic, however, such unwelcome decisions may have to be made. To prepare, Washington, like, states across the country, is adopting standards to guide such life-and-death decisions.
Four Spokane County residents have died of COVID-19, with 133 positive cases confirmed so far. Health officials expect these numbers to continue to increase in the coming days.
Dental offices are among the next wave of businesses closing or limiting services because of coronavirus concerns.
The Washington state Department of Health will no longer recommend health care workers wear air-purifying masks when caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dawn Mining Co. is asking the state of Washington to relax substantially the clean-up standards for groundwater at its long-shuttered uranium-processing mill in Ford, where about 58 million cubic feet of ore was processed and 13 million pounds of “yellowcake” was produced.
Spokane dentist Dr. Nicholas Harker, 36, who is accused of fraudulently prescribing his sister opioids and taking them himself, had a February trial date set in Spokane Superior Court Wednesday, while the state Department of Health investigates his credentials.
For the fifth consecutive Wednesday, a man called in a bomb threat to a Washington state office building. And for the second time since Sept. 26, he targeted the state Department of Health, according to Tumwater police.
With temperatures expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s this week, local and state health officials are recommending people to stay in an air conditioned area during peak times of the day and remain aware of signs indicating heat-related illness.
The Washington state Department of Health on Thursday announced a new rule that allows individuals to change their sex designation on their birth certificate.
A woman charged with controlled substance homicide and promoting a suicide attempt in connection to her adult daughter’s death has had all charges against her dropped.
State health officials suspended a Rosalia nurse practitioner’s license after three of her patients died from taking prescribed painkillers. In some cases, the prescriptions written by Susan Bowen-Small exceeded 15 times the daily dosage of pain medication the state considers a threshold for involving pain management specialists, according to the Washington Department of Health.
The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Spokane County has plummeted over the past three years. The number of such deaths in the county has dropped 40 percent, comparing three-year time spans from 2006 to 2008 and 2009 to 2011.
Disease investigators have sent a brain tissue sample of a deceased 32-year-old Spokane woman to a national research lab to be tested for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable condition that has multiple variants, including one called mad cow. An autopsy of Amanda Greenwalt Wheaton noted that CJD was a potential diagnosis. She died Aug. 24.
A Spokane dermatologist has wrung a $600,000 apology from state health officials who went public with outrageous charges of drug abuse and medical fraud based on a bogus tip from his ex-wife. The pending payout to Dr. William “Phil” Werschler is among the largest settlements in decades by the Washington state Department of Health involving a physician, agency officials say. The public apology might be the first of its kind, they say.
North Idaho and Eastern Washington share a grim distinction: Both have far higher rates of parents choosing not to immunize their children against childhood disease than either Idaho or Washington as a whole. As a result, health authorities say, youngsters in the region are at increased risk for illnesses like whooping cough and measles. In early November, nine North Idaho children were diagnosed with whooping cough, also called pertussis.
Spokane hospitals have given away $53.3 million worth of medical care to the poor during the first nine months of this year as job losses and wage and benefit cuts affect more people. During the same time period last year the hospitals had recorded $36.3 million of charity care.
The Washington State Department of Health will use a $97,000 federal grant to investigate the use of potentially deadly folk remedies.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center may add 75 new patient beds after reaching a proposed settlement with state health officials.