COVID ravages Alaska; Newsom Signs Bill on STD Testing; Encephalitis in Connecticut

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COVID is pushing Alaska’s health care system to its limits. (PA)

At 8:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States stood at 43,952,129 cases and 705,374 deaths, up from 98,915 cases and 1,972 deaths since this time yesterday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (R) signed a bill requiring state health insurers to cover home testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. (Bay Area Journalist)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) was booed by voters when he urged them to “think about” getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. (Washington post)

Facebook executives were aware of the “toxic” effect its Instagram app was having on teenage girls, but did nothing about it, company whistleblower Frances Haugen told a Senate subcommittee . (CNN)

COVID-related school absences in England have increased by two-thirds in the last 2 weeks of September. (Reuters)

In Sweden, the health agency has decided to “suspend” the use of Moderna’s COVID vaccine in people 30 years of age and under due to the risk of myocarditis after the second dose. (Reuters)

Medtronic is recalling remotes used with its Paradigm and 508 MiniMed insulin pumps, citing a cybersecurity risk, the FDA said.

Ellume, an Australian home COVID-19 test maker, has recalled 200,000 tests due to a high false-positive rate. (New York Times)

The Associated press spoke to six doctors about their frustrations with patients who believe in misinformation about COVID-19 or deny the seriousness of their illness.

A risk of breast cancer that no one wants to talk about: alcohol. (Wired)

Anxiety and depression levels rose last year as COVID-19 cases increased, the CDC reported. (Initiated)

Eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in mosquitoes in Connecticut. (CBS News)

Saleema Rehman grew up in a Pakistani refugee camp and became a gynecologist serving displaced Afghan women. (NPR)

Parents of a 10-year-old Virginia girl who died of COVID say their daughter fell ill after being forced to escort sick classmates to the school nurse’s office. (NBC News)

A woman in Washington state died of a rare thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Seattle weather)

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Russia, with infection rates three times higher than they were last fall. (CBS News)

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