Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and military leader, passed away from complications of Covid-19, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Maine.
- California: Former President Bill Clinton last week was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center with a non-Covid-related infection. According to a statement issued by the former president's spokesperson on Sunday morning, Clinton walked out of the medical center and will return home to New York to complete his course of antibiotics. Alpesh Amin, who oversaw the team of doctors treating Clinton, said that Clinton's fever and white blood cell count have normalized. (Kesten, AP/USA Today, 10/14; Bursztynsky, CNBC, 10/17)
- District of Columbia: The family of Colin Powell announced Monday morning that the former Secretary of State passed away from complications of Covid-19 after receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. According to the family's statement, Powell was fully vaccinated. Powell was also undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, a type of white blood cell cancer. The family said, "We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment." They added, "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American." (Schnell, The Hill, 10/18; Donati, Wall Street Journal, 10/18; Shabad, NBC News, 10/18)
- Maine: Health care workers in Maine who do not comply with the state's Covid-19 vaccine mandate will not be eligible for unemployment benefits. "Refusing to comply with an employer's policies, including a health or safety policy, typically disqualifies a person from being eligible to receive unemployment benefits," said Jessica Picard, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Labor. However, some medical exemptions will be permitted by the state—but not on religious or philosophical grounds, per a provision upheld by a U.S. district judge on Wednesday. (Chen, Axios, 10/14)