Struggling rural healthcare providers nationwide getting virtual help from San Antonio-based program
Healthcare worker shortages and lack of resources were already issues for rural communities before the pandemic and when it hit, those barriers were exacerbated. That's why national funding has created a virtual program aimed to help those providers.
Will legislators prescribe Medicaid expansion for Texas this year?
Texas has millions of uninsured residents, many of whom might at least be covered under Medicaid in other states. Anne Dunkelberg, the associate director for the policy institute “Every Texan,” says that, in its current form, Texas Medicaid mainly covers children. Medicaid is also available for Texas parents, but only if they earn less than a few hundred dollars a month. With factors like those possible savings and the general strain on Texans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunkelberg thinks this could be the best shot Medicaid expansion has at passing since 2010. “If you’re asking me to forecast the Texas legislature, I don’t think there is a wizard or sorcerer in history that could do that,” Nirenberg said.
Alamodome mass vaccination site to administer 9,000 COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the week
SAN ANTONIO – More than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered on the opening day of the Alamodome mass vaccination site Monday. San Antonio officials say they are more than confident the vaccination site will administer 9,000 vaccines by the end of the day Saturday. City officials were provided a tour of how the vaccination site will function. “My hope is that we have 30,000 doses a week,” Bridger said. “We started with one big testing site and then three big ones and then micro testing sites.
The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues
(AP Photo/Channi Anand)NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative COVID-19 cases to 100,334, including 712 cases found on a cruise ship earlier this year, according to the ministry figures. About one-third of the cases come from Tokyo, where 221 cases were confirmed Thursday, bringing a prefectural total to 30,677, with 453 deaths. Italy added a record number of new confirmed cases Thursday at more than 26,000. ___LONDON — The World Health Organization says Europe had a record 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the last week and has reached 10 million of the 44 million global cases.