covid-19

Legislators approve $72 million in relief funds for Arkansas school districts

BY: - September 22, 2022

An Arkansas Legislative Council subcommittee approved the disbursal of $72.4 million in federal recovery funds to seven school districts Thursday. This was the sixth round of plans reviewed by lawmakers. The council adopted recommendations in July that schools use American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund money to provide retention and recruitment […]

Louisiana federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

  A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states, including Arkansas, filed against […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters.  GOP senators, who have returned to Washington after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s request […]

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Annual COVID-19 shot likely, administration officials say

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 booster shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday.  “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]

Anthony Fauci, leader on federal COVID response, to step down in December

BY: - August 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, one of the federal government’s leading public health figures, announced Monday he’ll be leaving his post in December, though he made clear he’s not retiring.  The 81-year-old doctor who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, became a household name […]

Arkansas health officials, patients brace for Medicaid eligibility review

BY: - August 16, 2022

Health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arkansans will soon be at risk as health officials prepare for the first-of-its-kind review of state Medicaid rolls. The number of Arkansans on Medicaid grew 20% during the pandemic, but some of those recipients are no longer eligible. They remained covered under the nation’s largest public health […]

Arkansas COVID numbers decline, continuing trend

BY: - August 16, 2022

Active coronavirus cases continued to trend downward in Arkansas on Monday, according to the Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID-19 data portal. The department considers “active” cases to be currently infectious. The 860 fewer active cases Monday were a sharp dive after Sunday’s decline of 116 active cases, according to ADH data.  Active cases totaled 11,044 […]