Coronavirus outbreak

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Providence nurse’s tearful plea shines light on short-staffed ER

The nurse described an overwhelmed emergency department, as staff have pleaded with the Everett City Council for hazard pay.

 

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Snohomish County, cities announce $9.6M for mental health, shelter

Projects span from Edmonds to Sultan. Each city is using American Rescue Plan Act money, with the county contributing, too.

 

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Seattle ends COVID hazard pay for grocery store workers

The now repealed policy had required grocery stores to pay employees an additional $4 per hour.

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Comment: FDA finally has a simple, well-timed booster plan

With new covid boosters ready this fall, they can be paired with flu shots. But Congress has to fund them.

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King County considers mandates, urges masking, boosters

Hospitalizations in King County have increased three-fold since April, resulting in talk of mandates.

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Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Providence nurses seek hazard pay from Everett amid staffing woes

Council members agreed to review their options to support nurses, but mandating extra pay may not be possible.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)

Judge dismisses GOP lawmakers’ challenge of House vax rule

Rep. Robert Sutherland and five colleagues fought a requirement barring access to the House floor unless vaccinated

Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, gets the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, from Elizabeth Smalley, right, a medical assistant at a Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia, Wash. Inslee's wife Trudi also received the first dose of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Governor wants to make vaccine mandate permanent for new hires

Jay Inslee also wants to require current and future state employees keep up with their shots, if they want to keep their jobs.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, gets the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, from Elizabeth Smalley, right, a medical assistant at a Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia, Wash. Inslee's wife Trudi also received the first dose of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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New health officer worked closely with Snohomish County in pandemic

The outgoing health officer has “nothing but confidence” in his successor. The two say they had similar approaches to COVID.

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After two years of wellness, Covid finally hit this family, but thanks to vaccinations, the symptoms were mild. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Jennifer Bardsley’s fighting COVID-19 with vaccines and TLC

But even with vaccinations, the disease is scary for people like her with less than robust immune systems.

After two years of wellness, Covid finally hit this family, but thanks to vaccinations, the symptoms were mild. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Comment: Spell out risks, benefits of covid vax to parents

What does it mean that fewer than 20 percent of parents of kids 5 and younger intend to vaccinate against covid?

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Snohomish Health District picks a new leader: Dr. James Lewis

He’s a medical epidemiologist with Public Health — Seattle King County and will take the helm Aug. 1.

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Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Despite pleas, Community Transit sticks with vaccine policy

Current and former employees asked the board and CEO to rescind a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Washington hospitals again strained by COVID-19 spread

Hospital officials warn that facilities are heading toward another COVID-19 case peak.

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Comment: Lack of studies leaves us flying blind with Paxlovid

The covid treatment is effective for older patients, but data is thin on whether it’s helping others.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

New plan would merge Snohomish Health District with county

The COVID-19 pandemic proved the integration would improve public health responses, officials say.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.

As COVID trends up again, officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks

There are no new mandates in Washington or Snohomish County. But “we really have an opportunity to get ahead of this.”

Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID, has mild symptoms

The governor is fully vaccinated, including two booster shots.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Rate of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in Washington state

Hospitalizations are still low but are beginning to increase, according to statewide data.