Coronavirus News

COVID-19 Cases, Deaths on Rise Again at Nursing Homes

COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted. …

Health Insurers Cooperating With Plan to Pay for Home COVID Tests Starting Saturday

Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for …

Global Life Insurers Adapt Pandemic Risk Models After Unexpected Jump in Claims

A coronavirus pandemic which lasts five years, another pandemic in a decade, and ever more transmissible variants are among the scenarios life insurers are predicting after COVID-19 claims jumped more than expected in 2021. The global life insurance industry was …

Oregon Rolling Out Hospital Crisis Care Standards as COVID Surges

Oregon hospitals have new interim guidelines to help them determine which patients should get lifesaving care if the current COVID-19 surge forces them to choose between people because of a lack of beds, staff or critical medical equipment. The guidelines …

Stay Home or Go to Work Sick? Omicron Poses a Conundrum.

As the raging omicron variant of COVID-19 infects workers across the nation, millions of those whose jobs don’t provide paid sick days are having to choose between their health and their paycheck. While many companies instituted more robust sick leave …

California Governor Wants $2.7B to Battle Pandemic, Seeks More Time off for Sick Workers

With new coronavirus cases surging across the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Saturday proposed spending another $2.7 billion to expand testing and boost hospital staffing, while calling for a new law to give workers more paid time off …

Supreme Court Conservatives Question OSHA Business Vaccine Rule

Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation’s large employers. The court seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most …

California Extending Indoor Mask Mandate Until Mid-February

California’s indoor mask mandate was extended into mid-February to help prevent the astonishing spike in coronavirus cases from overwhelming hospitals but the state’s health director said Wednesday additional restrictions are not being considered. The fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19 is …

Safety Council Finds Employer Vaccine Mandates Boost Worker Vaccination Rate 20%

The National Safety Council (NSC) released survey findings showing that employer vaccine requirements are driving higher vaccination rates among workers. According to the survey, employer vaccine requirement led to a 20% increase in worker vaccination uptake. About 95% of workers …

Supreme Court Weighs Bids to Block Biden Vaccine Mandates Today

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday is set to consider requests by Republican state officials and business groups to block President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 workers and a similar requirement for healthcare facilities at …