April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert


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COLORADO SPRINGS — As of now, Colorado counties can implement regulations at a local level while still maintaining some limited requirements.

In El Paso County, capacity limits are no longer in place and the COVID-19 dial is gone, which means changes are once again happening at restaurants, but this time they get to call the shots.

“We are super excited for this, we’ve been waiting for this for 395 days,” the Owner of Wyatt’s Pub & Grill Todd Wyatt said.

Each restaurant can choose to add additional restrictions at their own discretion, Salsa on the Rock in northern Colorado Springs

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New research investigates the relationship between exercise and mental health during the pandemic. Photo editing by Stephen Kelly; LindaRaymondPhotography/Getty Images
  • The mental health benefits of physical activity have been out of reach for people whose stress and anxiety levels have kept them from exercising during the pandemic, a new study shows.
  • People who have continued to exercise during the pandemic are more likely to be doing it for their mental health than for any other reason.
  • People who are less physically active than usual are experiencing more symptoms of mental health conditions during the pandemic.

Physical activity

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the C.D.C. director, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, testified on Capitol Hill before a House Select Committee overseeing the government’s coronavirus response.CreditCredit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Three top federal health officials appeared on Capitol Hill on Thursday and implored Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but said little about the investigation into whether the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be linked to a small number of cases of rare blood clots, or when that vaccine might be put back into use.

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3 things to know

  • About 49.8 percent of 16-and-older Minnesotans have received at least one vaccine dose, 34.5 percent fully vaccinated

  • Hospital admission, ICU trends are hovering at winter levels; health officials say virus variants likely are driving increase in new cases

  • Active cases topped 20,000 for the first time since December

Updated 12:35 p.m.

Minnesota remains in a cycle of hopeful and concerning news on COVID-19. Officials on Saturday will likely report more than half of the state’s adults have received at least one vaccine dose, but also mark that the state’s passed 7,000 deaths.

Health Department calculations on

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The number of new COVID-19 cases is ticking up again in New Mexico as the death toll reaches another milestone.

State health officials reported Friday that four more people have succumbed to the virus, pushing the total to 4,001 since the pandemic began last year.

While the death rate has declined dramatically since peaking in December, state officials continue to push for people to get vaccinated, saying doing so will lessen the chances of severe illness or death.

With 1,550 confirmed cases being reported over the past week, the seven-day average for new daily cases remains above

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Patrick Quigley’s “aha” moment came after an MRI exam.

After submitting an insurance claim, Quigley was still left with a $1,300 bill. A few months later, he needed an MRI again. He arrived at the same facility, underwent the same procedure but, this time, offered to pay with his debit card, thinking it might be more convenient than dealing with the bureaucracy around his high-deductible insurance plan. The secretary told him the cash price for the service was just $330.

“This was a huge wake-up call for me,” Quigley said.

Healthcare systems often prefer cash-pay because it cuts the administrative

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