Coronavirus outbreak

The county’s coronavirus case rate is the second-highest it’s ever been. (Snohomish Health District)

County records its highest COVID case count since March

Cases keep rising as people push indoors and don’t wear masks around friends or family, data show.

 

Kindergarten student Wyatt works on a tablet with his mom Christi Brouder, while distance learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in a makeshift classroom in the living room at the family home, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Brouder has four children that are remote learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Comment: Can Europe offer insights into covid and schools?

The data aren’t always decisive, but the experiences there could offer U.S. schools some guidance.

 

A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026

Flying to see family, it was a risk that seemed like a must

After eight months of not seeing my 98-year-old mom, a trip to my Spokane hometown was short and sweet.

A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026
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Langley man builds automatic candy dispenser for Halloween

People are still finding ways to partake in the holiday’s celebrations in a safe manner.

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This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials for a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced that the Food and Drug Administration is letting it resume testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S. (Cheryl Gerber/Johnson & Johnson via AP)

Washington joins multi-state review pact on COVID-19 vaccine

Inslee said he was “cautiously optimistic” that most people would choose to get the vaccine.

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials for a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced that the Food and Drug Administration is letting it resume testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S. (Cheryl Gerber/Johnson & Johnson via AP)
Like almost all workplaces in 2010, masks are now the norm at Snohomish County 911 due to COVID-19. Dispatchers have been split into two campuses to increase distance between workers. (Courtesy of Snohomish County 911.)

Despite virus scare at local 911 center, the calls don’t stop

A Snohomish County dispatcher tested positive for the virus last month. If not for precautions, it could’ve been disastrous.

Like almost all workplaces in 2010, masks are now the norm at Snohomish County 911 due to COVID-19. Dispatchers have been split into two campuses to increase distance between workers. (Courtesy of Snohomish County 911.)

Washington submits virus vaccine distribution plan to CDC

The state is working with local government, health care providers and others.

Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Local leaders sound the alarm over the surge in COVID cases

Weeks into a third wave of COVID activity, case counts have already surpassed the previous spike.

Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Health care workers and other staff walk out of Harborview Medical Center, a part of UW Medicine, during a noon hour break in a demonstration asking management to do more to protect staff, patients and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Harborview: COVID outbreak killed a patient, infected staff

Ten staffers at the Seattle hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.

Health care workers and other staff walk out of Harborview Medical Center, a part of UW Medicine, during a noon hour break in a demonstration asking management to do more to protect staff, patients and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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.

Everertt High School (Sue Misao/ The Herald)
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School and COVID — What to expect

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

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Comment: Herd immunity requires a vaccine or killing millions

We can’t reliably protect the vulnerable if we allow the disease to spread freely among young adults.

Seattle-area man is 3rd in U.S. with 2nd confirmed COVID case

The patient, in his 60s, tested positive in early March and got sick against nearly 5 months later.

REMOVES REFERENCE TO NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIED FROM COVID-19 - State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy speaks to the media about the coronavirus outbreak, as Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler looks on, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.  Kriedler has issued an order requiring health insurers in the state to not charge copays or deductibles for people who require testing for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington’s top public health officer to leave position

Dr. Kathy Lofy says she plans to focus on her own health and to connect with friends and family.

REMOVES REFERENCE TO NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIED FROM COVID-19 - State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy speaks to the media about the coronavirus outbreak, as Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler looks on, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.  Kriedler has issued an order requiring health insurers in the state to not charge copays or deductibles for people who require testing for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Inslee: 5 Washington counties can relax virus restrictions

There has been a “leveling out” of coronavirus risk between the five counties and the rest of the state.

Premera Blue Cross will eliminate hundreds of jobs as it seeks to cut costs sparked by the current economic downturn. (Submitted photo)

Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer Premera cuts 285 jobs

The layoff at Premera Blue Cross, prompted by the economic downturn, represents about 8.3% of its workforce.

Premera Blue Cross will eliminate hundreds of jobs as it seeks to cut costs sparked by the current economic downturn. (Submitted photo)

University of Washington virus outbreak continues to grow

There were 238 positive cases as of Monday morning among 16 sororities and fraternities.

President Donald Trump holds his face mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: Media should make ‘truth sandwich’ of Trump falsehoods

Simply repeating his misstatements lends credibility. Fact-check them before and after relaying them.

President Donald Trump holds his face mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md. Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comment: Want to help restaurants open up? #MaskUpWA

Efforts to encourage use of face masks helped counties reduce infection rates. We must keep it up.

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