Coronavirus outbreak

Gov. Inslee alters criteria for COVID-19 reopening phases

Counties must now fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations in order to move back a phase.

 

Inslee to announce possible new COVID restrictions Monday

At a news conference Thursday the governor said “we’ve let our guard down to some degree.”

 

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How to get vaccinated in Snohomish County

Availability of doses is always changing, so keep checking back.

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Edmonds grocery store workers may soon earn hazard pay

Some employers are required to increase wages by $4 an hour, the city council voted Tuesday.

Stenczie Morgan with Maxim Healthcare Services sets up one of the four vaccination stations at the Angel of the Winds Area vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County shows signs of losing ground on coronavirus

With cases rising, local leaders urge people to continue to mask up, even as vaccinations increase.

Stenczie Morgan with Maxim Healthcare Services sets up one of the four vaccination stations at the Angel of the Winds Area vaccination site on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

County’s sixth mass vaccination site to open in Tulalip

The Boom City clinic will offer Moderna shots Tuesday, and switch to Johnson & Johnson later.

In this Wednesday, March 24, 2021 image from video provided by Duke Health, Alejandra Gerardo, 9, looks up to her mom, Dr. Susanna Naggie, as she gets the first of two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations during a clinical trial for children at Duke Health in Durham, N.C. In the U.S. and abroad, researchers are beginning to test younger and younger kids, to make sure the shots are safe and work for each age. (Shawn Rocco/Duke Health via AP)

Comment: Moms call shots on kids’ vaccines; for some it’s a no

Some, specifically white Republicans, would rather keep their kids home than trust a vaccine.

In this Wednesday, March 24, 2021 image from video provided by Duke Health, Alejandra Gerardo, 9, looks up to her mom, Dr. Susanna Naggie, as she gets the first of two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations during a clinical trial for children at Duke Health in Durham, N.C. In the U.S. and abroad, researchers are beginning to test younger and younger kids, to make sure the shots are safe and work for each age. (Shawn Rocco/Duke Health via AP)
Marysville firefighters Chris Burnette (left) and Chris Lytle (right) were part of the crew vaccinating people at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday. Marysville Fire District is part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce working to get communities vaccinated. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 210331

COVID hospitalizations on the rise in Snohomish County

Health experts are pleading with people to continue to mask up as the race to vaccinate continues.

Marysville firefighters Chris Burnette (left) and Chris Lytle (right) were part of the crew vaccinating people at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday. Marysville Fire District is part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce working to get communities vaccinated. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 210331
Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331

In 2 weeks, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

With supply rising, Gov. Jay Inslee will open COVID-19 vaccinations to all starting April 15.

Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331
Shaun Metz wears a mask with a slit in it so he can play the baritone during Haller Middle School band practice on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

In Snohomish County, school bands are getting back together

Masked, in-person rehearsals come as a welcome change after months of virtual lessons.

Shaun Metz wears a mask with a slit in it so he can play the baritone during Haller Middle School band practice on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown Thursday, March 4, 2021, at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle. Officials said they expected to deliver approximately 2500 second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the site Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COVID-19 cases rising again in Snohomish County

Meanwhile, another 30,000 county residents will become vaccine-eligible on Wednesday.

A syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown Thursday, March 4, 2021, at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle. Officials said they expected to deliver approximately 2500 second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the site Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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)

Inmates sue state to gain immediate access to vaccinations

The lawsuit also seeks to bar corrections staff who refuse vaccine from having contact with inmates.

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)

Cases of vaccinated people getting COVID-19 confirmed in WA

The majority experienced only mild symptoms, if any, officials said.

Abel Villafan, center, looks on as his wife Maria, right, gets the second shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Cecilia Valdovinos, left, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Villafan, who drives tractors and other machinery at Roy Farms, a hops and fruit producer in Moxee, Wash., also got his second shot Thursday. In Washington state, seasonal workers who are beginning to arrive to join year-round employees to work on hops farms and in cherry and apple orchards became eligible for the vaccine earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Vigilance, masks, still needed in covid marathon

Even those who are fully vaccinated should be wearing masks around those yet to get the vaccine.

Abel Villafan, center, looks on as his wife Maria, right, gets the second shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Cecilia Valdovinos, left, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Villafan, who drives tractors and other machinery at Roy Farms, a hops and fruit producer in Moxee, Wash., also got his second shot Thursday. In Washington state, seasonal workers who are beginning to arrive to join year-round employees to work on hops farms and in cherry and apple orchards became eligible for the vaccine earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In places like Stanwood, Phase 3 gives reason for optimism

Restaurants have welcomed the increased seating capacity, longer alcohol service and larger groups.

Vaccination anxiety: Officials urge people wait their turn

Public health experts ask that younger Washingtonians be patient. And those remnant doses? Uncommon.

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Stanwood-Kamiak football game canceled before kickoff

In a statement, Stanwood High School said the game was called off due to “COVID exposure.”

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All Snohomish County residents could be vaccinated by August

The chief health officer’s estimate assumes the county can get 47,000 doses per week in coming months.

Kevin McKay, who for the past year has been playing Taps from his Everett deck every evening, marks the pandemic year by playing Taps on his horn from the Grand Avenue Park pedestrian bridge on Monday, March 22, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

365 nights of ‘Taps’: A bugler’s mournful tribute will continue

Kevin McKay, who’s in a rock band, marked the pandemic year by blowing his horn at Grand Avenue Park.

Kevin McKay, who for the past year has been playing Taps from his Everett deck every evening, marks the pandemic year by playing Taps on his horn from the Grand Avenue Park pedestrian bridge on Monday, March 22, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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