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Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, and Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images

A year into the pandemic, hospitals say they're still in "survival mode," according to a new report from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general.

The big picture: Health care workers have had to deal with long hours, overwhelming patient volumes and supply shortages — all on top of a high risk of infection, and the isolation that we've all experienced.

Details: The report surveyed more than 300 hospitals nationwide from February 22-26 on the effects of the pandemic.

  • Hospitals said staff were "exhausted, mentally fatigued, and sometimes experiencing possible PTSD" due to long hours, more shifts, time away from family and increased responsibilities.

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Scoop: Hundreds of migrant kids with positive COVID-19 tests held in shelters

Influx Care Facility for unaccompanied children in Carrizo Springs, TX. Photo: Sergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Nearly 2,900 unaccompanied minors tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at U.S. government shelters over the past year — including around 300 currently in the system — a Department of Health and Human Services official tells Axios.

The big picture: The numbers highlight the staggering challenges in trying to manage a child migration crisis during a pandemic, while weighing human rights and child welfare concerns against immigration laws.

Hope King, author of Closer
Mar 24, 2021 - Health

7 in 10 older Americans have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine

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Seven out of 10 people across the U.S. ages 65 and older — totaling 38 million — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: Older adults are among the most vulnerable to the virus and those in long-term care facilities have been recommended for priority vaccinations.

Mar 24, 2021 - Health

U.S. needs to expand rapid COVID-19 testing, experts say

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The U.S. needs to ramp up the use of rapid COVID-19 testing in order to curb the pandemic and prepare for reopening, two public health experts said on Wednesday during an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Experts warn that vaccinations likely do not provide long-term immunity and that the pandemic is far from over. Jennifer Nuzzo of Johns Hopkins, and Michael Mina of Harvard's Kennedy School of Public Health, say mass testing will be imperative to tracking outbreaks and containing the virus in the coming months.