Coronavirus outbreak

Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pent-up and masked-up, skiers hit the Stevens Pass slopes

Pass holders opened the season on Friday. The general public is welcome on Tuesday — reservations only.

 

More deadlines loom for local small-business grant programs

Those in Everett and Stanwood must apply by Monday. Monroe and other cities are giving more time.

 

A woman walk up to closed doors at the Josephine Caring Community on Wednesday, March 11, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

COVID outbreak at Stanwood home reaches 170 cases, 15 deaths

It could be the largest long-term-care outbreak the state has seen during the pandemic.

 

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]

Short-staffed care homes to receive help from state

Six teams will work at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care providers.

Claire Vondemkamp (left) and Jami Sollid check out customers Saturday afternoon at Just James Boutique in Stanwood on November 28, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Crazy or just brave? These folks opened businesses this year

In spite of the pandemic, the number of new businesses is up sharply compared to last year.

Claire Vondemkamp (left) and Jami Sollid check out customers Saturday afternoon at Just James Boutique in Stanwood on November 28, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Cannabis sales surge, proving pot is pandemic-proof

There are more customers, and some regulars are stocking up — just in case there’s a shortage.

Amethyst Skeels and Alexander Walsh pick out cannabis products at Kushman's Everett Cannabis Dispensary on Evergreen Way on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise

A new exposure notification app is here, and vaccines are on the way, but the virus continues to surge.

Annual Providence breakfast fundraiser for children canceled

People can still donate online, with a free virtual story and printable coloring pages.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

About 400,000 people crossed the world’s longest international border each day before the pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage during the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
A passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport in Ciudad Real, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Paul Hanna.

Airlines face ‘mission of the century’ in shipping vaccines

Cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, bikes and even donkeys may be needed to get the drug to rural areas.

A passenger aircraft at Ciudad Real International Airport in Ciudad Real, Spain, on Oct. 27, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Paul Hanna.
Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

Five things to know about COVID vaccine planning

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

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Kennewick teen one of 1st children in state to die from COVID

About 15% of cases in Washington are in young people up to age 19.

This series of screenshots taken from an iPhone with COVID-19 exposure notifications turned on for Washington state shows some of the information presented to iPhone users who are considering opting in to a new statewide coronavirus exposure notification program that was launched Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Washington state that uses smartphone technology in the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People with Apple iPhones can now enable the 'exposure notifications' feature that is already in their phone's settings, and Android devices can download the app, called Washington Exposure Notifications. Use of the service is voluntary and users can opt out at any time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington launches statewide COVID-19 notification app

Modeling predicted significant decreases in infections and deaths if at least 15% of people use the app.

This series of screenshots taken from an iPhone with COVID-19 exposure notifications turned on for Washington state shows some of the information presented to iPhone users who are considering opting in to a new statewide coronavirus exposure notification program that was launched Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Washington state that uses smartphone technology in the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People with Apple iPhones can now enable the 'exposure notifications' feature that is already in their phone's settings, and Android devices can download the app, called Washington Exposure Notifications. Use of the service is voluntary and users can opt out at any time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this April 22, 2020, photo, a sign at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., directs visitors and non-hospital employees to check in at another building where health screening is done. Employees at the facility — the state's largest psychiatric hospital — say that problems with testing for the coronavirus likely produced inaccurate results and exposed them to the virus a second time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington psychiatric hospital sees spike in COVID-19 cases

Officials are scrambling to find nurses to work on the COVID-19 ward and have offered overtime pay.

In this April 22, 2020, photo, a sign at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., directs visitors and non-hospital employees to check in at another building where health screening is done. Employees at the facility — the state's largest psychiatric hospital — say that problems with testing for the coronavirus likely produced inaccurate results and exposed them to the virus a second time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

He does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a news conference with the coronavirus task force at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Local economic relief programs to get $4.5 million infusion

The new cash will go to small businesses via city grant programs and Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

14 residents and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Regency on Whidbey. (Regency on Whidbey)

Virus outbreak reported at Whidbey long-term care facility

Eighteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Regency in Oak Harbor.

14 residents and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Regency on Whidbey. (Regency on Whidbey)

Health district releases draft of COVID vaccine plan

Health care workers and long-term care residents would be among first to receive early doses.

A woman walk up to closed doors at the Josephine Caring Community on Wednesday, March 11, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

COVID is making its way back into long-term care homes

More than 20 such facilities are dealing with outbreaks as countywide infections continue to rise.

A woman walk up to closed doors at the Josephine Caring Community on Wednesday, March 11, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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