Coronavirus outbreak

Comment: Omicron met quickly with transparency and caution

Countries reacted quickly. The best advice now is to keep calm and continue vaccination efforts.

 

Harrop: There is a fix for stupid, at least concerning covid

How much sympathy are we to muster for those who die after campaigning against covid vaccines?

 

Comment: World has given covid variants room to get deadlier

Low rates of vaccination mean the virus has billions of people in which to develop new mutations.

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A pandemic playbook, used nationally, was made in Snohomish County

South County Fire helped transport “patient zero.” Their COVID manual has helped departments far and wide.

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another outbreak sends 60 to isolation at Monroe prison unit

One worker and one prisoner tested positive Monday. Then more cases were found throughout the Twin Rivers Unit.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.

Granite Falls representative joins lawsuit over House vax rule

Rep. Robert Sutherland objects to the COVID-19 vaccine because he had a severe reaction to a flu shot.

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.
Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal

Last year, we were told to stick to immediate households. This year’s holiday is cautiously more open.

Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Comment: Inconsisten mask policies aren’t helping anyone

Some in the nation’s capital say a confusing policy has shifted the policing burden to employees.

COVID hits communities of color harder, state report says

Hispanics comprise 13% of the state’s population. They’ve accounted for 26% of COVID cases and 19% of hospitalizations.

Comment: Exceptions may be key to kids’ covid vaccine mandate

Advocates for California’s polio vaccine mandate had to agree to exemptions to get it passed in 1961.

A car drives by Everett Station where Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin's proposal for its ARPA funds includes funding a child care center at station. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald) 20211118

Shelters, child care in Franklin’s plan for $20.6M of federal relief

The Everett mayor called for a dramatic increase in shelter funding via the American Rescue Plan Act.

A car drives by Everett Station where Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin's proposal for its ARPA funds includes funding a child care center at station. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald) 20211118

Comment: Watching kids play convinced mom on vaccination

Parents hesitant about the vaccine will need information and the promise of days with fewer worries.

Comment: Cops who don’t vaccinate betray their oath to protect

Policing is dangerous work, and covid-19 has killed far more officers in the last two years than firearms.

Gage Peterson, 11, holds Duke Peterson's, 6,  hand as he gets his COVID vaccination Saturday morning at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Big demand for appointments as kids begin to get vaccinated

County and state health officials say parents should be patient and keep looking for open slots.

Gage Peterson, 11, holds Duke Peterson's, 6,  hand as he gets his COVID vaccination Saturday morning at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.

Many public school employees are exempt from getting vaccine

Districts gave exemptions to hundreds with sincerely held religious beliefs ahead of last month’s deadline.

Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.

King County judge upholds Port of Seattle’s vaccine mandate

Judge Samuel Chung has upheld a mandate for all Port of Seattle employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 15.

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Ericksen, who is currently serving as both a state senator and a member of President Donald Trump's transition team, said that the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him, and that he's able to do both jobs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State lawmaker ill with COVID-19 in El Salvador

Doug Ericksen, a Republican who represents the 42nd District in Whatcom County, is sickened with COVID-19.

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Ericksen, who is currently serving as both a state senator and a member of President Donald Trump's transition team, said that the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him, and that he's able to do both jobs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Why mandates are working to drive up vaccinations

The mandates may relieve some of the regret of incorrectly judging the risks of covid vs. the vaccine.

Comment: For parents weighing risks of covid-19 vs. vaccine

What we know about both finds the dangers of covid-19 outweigh any risk from the vaccine for kids.