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Everertt High School (Sue Misao/ The Herald)

Schools told to pause resumption of classes as virus surges

Districts may continue in-person learning but shouldn’t bring more students back, health officials say.

 

The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library is open and ready for blast off. Dillon Works, of Mukilteo, designed this eye-catching sculpture that greets people along Evergreen Way.   (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Local libraries preparing to reopen at limited capacity

Everett Public Library and Sno-Isle Libraries leaders are forming plans to reopen, with no date set.

 

Jack, a missing kangaroo, was found in a Monroe carport Tuesday. (Monroe Police Department)

Missing baby kangaroo in Monroe has been found, police say

Authorities say the animal took off Tuesday morning after being let out of a van for nature’s call.

 

Dean of Students Jeff Latta, center, helps a student through their online health questionnaire while Athletic Director Cassie Snell, left, checks a students temperature before the start of class at Archbishop Murphy on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett-area high school starts bringing some students back

Archbishop Murphy High School has welcomed freshmen and sophomores back to campus, in small numbers.

Dean of Students Jeff Latta, center, helps a student through their online health questionnaire while Athletic Director Cassie Snell, left, checks a students temperature before the start of class at Archbishop Murphy on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 for 2-week rolling period (updated Mondays). (Snohomish County Health District)

Inslee loosens rules for bars, libraries and movie theaters

In Snohomish County, COVID cases are continuing to rise as leaders warn of a third wave.

Snohomish County COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 for 2-week rolling period (updated Mondays). (Snohomish County Health District)
This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State still sifting through thousands of unemployment claims

The recent Lost Wages Assistance program pumped an extra $625 million to Washington’s unemployed.

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)

Snohomish County sees another uptick in COVID-19 cases

It’s too early to call it a third wave, but the numbers are cause for concern, Dr. Chris Spitters said.

Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)
A police officer stands outside of Boohan Oriental Market after a shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1 dead, 2 injured after Edmonds shooting; suspect arrested

One woman was shot in the face. Police believe all four people knew each other.

A police officer stands outside of Boohan Oriental Market after a shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe school official apologizes for ‘day drinkers’ comment

Jim Langston made the comment in reference to some parents, while frustrated about remote learning.

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

COVID metrics continue a positive trend, but masks and social distancing are here to stay, officials say.

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

The state says its ready to send out payments from a federal program. Certification is due Sunday.

Edmonds School District changes how cops cover its campuses

The district has opted for a less formal relationship that doesn’t station officers at every high school.

Rain and wind wash away much of the smoke, but be cautious

The air was expected to be potentially hazardous in most areas of Snohomish County until Saturday morning.

Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus

The smoke will linger this week. And the unhealthy air can bring symptoms easily mistaken for COVID-19.

Unemployment system overwhelmed by users and new claims

The state Employment Security Department couldn’t process all the new information, leaving users frustrated.

Dr. Spitters: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’ with COVID fight

Cases are dropping, but don’t let your guard down, he said. Plus, one woman’s battle with the virus.

You may qualify for an extra $1,500 in unemployment back pay

A federal program will give some of the state’s unemployed a $300 weekly bump for the past five weeks.

Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows

Local leaders point to anxiety, isolation and difficulty accessing drug treatment.

More good news: COVID infection rate continues to decline

Local leaders urge residents to keep wearing masks and to avoid large gatherings or parties.