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The entrance to the new free COVID vaccination site at the Everett Mall on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Free mass-vaccination site opens Tuesday at Everett Mall

Hundreds of appointments are up for grabs at the state-run site, which will offer initial doses, boosters and pediatric shots.

 

Shelly Holmgren, left, holds hands with her brother Jay Holmgren, center, while they listen to Musicial Thanatologist April Mitchell a song at Providence Everett on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Death, grief and comfort at Everett’s pandemic epicenter

Here are some voices at Providence hospital of those still staring down COVID: a harpist, a cancer patient, a chaplain and a nursing assistant.

 

Sam Dawson administers a collection swab herself Thursday afternoon at the walk-up COVID testing center on Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on January 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sketchy firm’s COVID-test sites shut down as questions mount

The Center for COVID Control will close an Everett site and others around the U.S. as officials take a closer look.

 

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters, and Dr. Jay Cook, Chief Medical Officer for Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, give updates on the response to COVID-19. (Snohomish County Health District)

Prediction: 33%-50% of Snohomish County could catch omicron

“Everyone should assume that they’re going to be exposed,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters, and Dr. Jay Cook, Chief Medical Officer for Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, give updates on the response to COVID-19. (Snohomish County Health District)
People get out of their cars along Wetmore Avenue to check how much farther until the testing site on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

County’s reported infections surpass earlier grim estimates

Meanwhile, traffic caused by an overwhelmed north Everett COVID-19 testing site has been resolved.

People get out of their cars along Wetmore Avenue to check how much farther until the testing site on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Show posters hang on the wall next to an empty stage at Lucky Dime in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Live-music flyers are taken down again as omicron surges

With bands reluctant to play and few people buying tickets, local music venues wonder: Will we be able to stay open?

Show posters hang on the wall next to an empty stage at Lucky Dime in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Drive-up COVID testing line clogs north Everett neighborhood

City officials are looking to relocate a test site on Wetmore Avenue as demand soars amid an omicron-fueled surge.

on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)

On cusp of record surge, Snohomish County exec gets COVID

The county’s health officer suspects up to 5% of residents have contracted the virus in the past two weeks.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20220105

Providence pauses non-emergency procedures and visitation

In the past week, the Everett hospital’s two campuses have seen in-patient numbers more than double.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20220105
Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another Alfy’s pizzeria closes, but the owners say fret not

Regulars said goodbye to the Silver Lake joint. Ownership has pledged to reopen the Alfy’s on Broadway in time for baseball season.

Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Richard Williams enters the tent he shares with his brother Wednesday afternoon in Arlington on December 29, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As shelters fill, many endure the cold in tents and vehicles

All week, highs have hovered in the 20s in Everett. Meanwhile, another shelter rushed to open Wednesday at a Marysville church.

Richard Williams enters the tent he shares with his brother Wednesday afternoon in Arlington on December 29, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish County reports record spike in COVID-19 cases

The surge is fueled by omicron. Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters expects numbers to increase from here.

The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
The California scrub jay. (Audubon.org) 20211228

Volunteers needed to spend New Year’s with the birds

The Pilchuck Audubon Society is looking for feeder-watchers to help add to decades of data this Saturday.

The California scrub jay. (Audubon.org) 20211228
Everett Police respond to an accident along Highway 99 just north of Airport Road on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sheriff’s patrols target an Everett hotspot of crime, poverty

Local businesses urged deputies to act, saying homelessness, vandalism and drug use are rampant at Airport Way and Highway 99.

Everett Police respond to an accident along Highway 99 just north of Airport Road on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Internet’s ‘final frontier’: Broadband is coming to Skykomish!

The mountain town today limps along with poky phone-line connections. But there’s this fiber-optic cable …

Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish Health District leading officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, is stepping down after 24 years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

COVID: An ‘exclamation mark’ to his long public-health career

“Going since I was 21,” departing health officer Dr. Chris Spitters will shepherd the county through the pandemic for six more months.

Snohomish Health District leading officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, is stepping down after 24 years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

County Council OKs sales tax for housing, behavioral health

The controversial 0.1% tax, opposed by many elected officials around Snohomish County, was passed along party lines.

Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Affordable-housing tax? 58 elected reps cite ‘grave concerns’

They want the 0.1% sales tax put to voters, according to a letter. Advocates say it’s needed to address a crisis.

Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Purple Heart Robert Olivarez after 5 tours in Iraq. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County recognizes soldiers wounded, killed in war

We’re now a Purple Heart county. The cities of Monroe and Snohomish made their own proclamations this week, too.

The Purple Heart Robert Olivarez after 5 tours in Iraq. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Chris Spitters, Snohomish County’s chief health officer, to step down

The physician who has been the official voice of the pandemic here says his departure is not work-related.

Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)