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UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2020

Diabetes and COVID-19: What you should know

People with diabetes have a higher risk of severe illness or death if they get COVID-19. However, new studies are showing that patients with well-managed diabetes and better control of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Health care provider to close Kootenai Heart Clinics in Spokane

Kootenai Heart Clinics announced Thursday it close its three Spokane locations by the end of August, but it will maintain its services and clients in Coeur d’Alene and outreach facilities …


UPDATED: Tue., May 12, 2020

Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in U.S.

On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, health care supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at …


UPDATED: Thu., May 7, 2020

MultiCare announces furloughs as region’s major health providers deal with coronavirus financial woes

Providence Health & Services also hasn’t ruled out requiring some of its workers to take furloughs, an increasingly common tactic among health providers who are starting to see the pinch …


UPDATED: Wed., May 6, 2020

Justices wary of ‘Obamacare’ birth control coverage changes

The Supreme Court seems concerned about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of providing no-cost …


UPDATED: Tue., April 28, 2020

‘They’re all amazing’: Health care workers, first responders thank each other with parade

City of Spokane first responders staged a series of parades for health care workers Tuesday afternoon, who lined the streets in front of hospitals with their own signs and cheers …


Morhaf Al Achkar: Racial disparities exist in pandemic

Speaking as a physician with a duty to care for the health of everyone, the health care system has failed marginalized African American communities – again.


UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Eastern State Hospital nurse dies of COVID-19

Esequiel “Zeke” Cisneros, who worked at the psychiatric facility in Medical Lake for more than 30 years, became critically ill after contracting the novel coronavirus and was treated in a …


Trump blasts world health group, defends early virus steps

President Donald Trump is threatening to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic


On the Front Lines: With online courses, Gonzaga senior studying biology finds time to aid in COVID-19 response

Eleanor Weisblat found herself with extra time on her hands after Gonzaga University closed most of its campus last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Weisblat has been volunteering at …


Pullman Regional Hospital faces financial hardships amid preparations to treat coronavirus patients

PRH announced Thursday it would cut all hourly and salary employees’ pay by 25% over the next 60 days in an effort to maintain the necessary cash to keep the …


Surgeon general warns U.S. of ‘saddest week’ and ‘9/11 moment’ in coronavirus outbreak

Surgeon General Jerome Adams is offering some of the starkest warnings yet as he braces Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus.


UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

For health care workers, internet comedy show offers laughs, respite from harsh realities of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus is no laughing matter. However, those who are leading the charge against the pandemic can use a break and some entertainment. Health care employees in hospitals are …


UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Spokane health officials providing more information about COVID-19 patients, but it remains unclear where they’re being treated

Health officials have not said where the hospitalized patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms are located, instead focusing on other, more aggregated data to make health decisions. Hospital administrators say …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Another company billing itself as offering faith-based health coverage ordered to stop selling in state

OneShare Health is the latest firm targeted by Mike Kreidler, who argues several companies selling health coverage policies don’t fit state and federal definitions for “health care sharing ministries.”


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Wall Street’s upswing rolls on, led by health care stocks

U.S. stocks climbed Monday, led by big gains for health care companies announcing developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak.


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises; U.S. leads with over 82,000 cases

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering …


Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug

Facing public criticism, the maker of a promising coronavirus drug said Wednesday it will waive a special regulatory designation that could have allowed it to block competition and boost profits …


Keeping it local: Apprenticeship program helps Inchelium clinic keep, promote staff

The Lake Roosevelt Community Health Center uses an apprenticeship program to help promote and keep their employees and community members in their quest to become medical and dental assistants.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Inslee: State considering more restrictions to fight virus spread

Washington officials are considering more restrictions on residents to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

To keep seniors safe at home, Medicare expands telemedicine

Medicare said Tuesday it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide, helping seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus.


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

’Bigger than any one of us’: Biden, Sanders take on pandemic

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders sought in Sunday’s Democratic debate to cast themselves as best positioned to lead the nation through a global pandemic, with Biden …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Pence offers praise, supplies, assurances to Inslee at ‘front lines’ of coronavirus fight

Vice President Mike Pence brought praise Thursday for the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, assurances of federal help and much needed supplies to aid in that effort.


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Washington lawmakers consider restrictions on insulin prices

Eight-year-old Levi Markland told lawmakers Tuesday he’s not supposed to worry about dying, but he does. Levi has Type 1 diabetes and his family spends up to $1,000 a month …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Kalispel Tribe, Ferry County Hospital District awarded rural health care grants

Empire Health Foundation awarded $580,000 in equipment and small capital project grants to eight rural health care facilities in Washington state, with their funding from Premera Blue Cross.


The Dirt: Spokane Youth Sports Association presses forward with proposed sports complex in South Hill’s Glenrose area

The Spokane Youth Sports Association filed additional documents to support a decade old environmental review for a proposed youth sports complex in the Glenrose neighborhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

CVS Health Corp. to build new Omnicare facility in north Spokane

Omnicare Inc., a subsidiary of CVS Health Corp., is renovating an existing 18,500-square-foot building at 2830 N. Astor St. into an the facility, which will provide long-term, comprehensive pharmaceutical services …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

VA delays rollout of new nationwide health record system that was set to start in Spokane in March

The Department of Veterans Affairs has delayed the roll out of its new electronic health record system, which was set to go live in March at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center in …


Washington could join national nursing compact, but first needs legislative approval

A proposal for Washington to become the 35th state to join the national nursing compact survived Friday’s deadline in the Senate, although not all key stakeholders are on board. Joining …