Coronavirus outbreak

Ron Detrick teaches his geometry class Wednesday morning at Lakewood Middle School in Marysville on May 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

For real, these Lakewood pupils are back in class full time

Elementary and middle school students there are getting in-person instruction five days a week.

 

Snohomish County expected to stay in Phase 3, officials say

County Executive Dave Somers expects the governor to extend a freeze in status if cases continue to be flat.

 

Snohomish County Health District building on Rucker Avenue in Everett. (Sue Misao  / The Herald) 210427

Vaccinated seniors are largely missing COVID’s fourth wave

The high level of protection for seniors is proof that vaccines work, health experts say.

Snohomish County Health District building on Rucker Avenue in Everett. (Sue Misao  / The Herald) 210427
Breanna Schalamon take Joel Childs' orders Tuesday afternoon at Oxford Saloon in Snohomish on May 4, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Inslee orders two-week pause on counties sliding back phases

Snohomish County, and much of Washington, had braced for reversion to Phase 2 of reopening plan

Breanna Schalamon take Joel Childs' orders Tuesday afternoon at Oxford Saloon in Snohomish on May 4, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Comment: Schools, businesses can legally mandate vaccination

Public and private entities have well-established authority to impose vaccination requirements.

Some events can increase capacity with vaccinated sections

The rule applies to ballgames, graduations and other gatherings for counties in Phases 2 or 3.

Comment: Vaccine ‘passports’ coming; and that’s a good thing

Criticism will ease as certification opens up more events and places to those vaccinated.

A large waiting area for people after receiving their vaccinations at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County almost certain to fall back to Phase 2

Public health officials are pleading with unvaccinated Washingtonians to get their shots.

A large waiting area for people after receiving their vaccinations at Angel of the Winds Arena on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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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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The Washington State University Everett campus on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

WSU Everett is requiring students and staff to be vaccinated

Exemptions will be allowed for medical, religious or personal reasons, and for remote learners.

The Washington State University Everett campus on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fake coronavirus test sites pop up in Edmonds

Fraudulent health care workers were collecting birth dates and other personal information.

Commentary: Weighing risks, benefits favors getting vaccine

For a Mill Creek dentist, getting vaccinated was about protecting herself, her family and her patients.

An abandoned face mask rests on the sidewalk along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on April 15. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish County on verge of slipping back to Phase 2

Meanwhile, the county is altering its vaccination effort as demand for shots begins to slow.

An abandoned face mask rests on the sidewalk along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on April 15. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Comment: Nursing was already dangerous before covid hit

We wouldn’t send firefighters into burning buildings without proper gear; yet nurses are reusing PPE.

Herald reporter Joseph Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

1 in 3 Snohomish County adults now fully vaccinated

It’s easier than ever to get a dose as demand for vaccines begins to slow across Washington.

Herald reporter Joseph Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Commentary: Getting vaccines around world requires activism

As it was over AIDS drugs, the WTO must be pressured to approve a waiver to patent protection.

A box of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is shown in a refrigerator at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash., Thursday, March 25, 2021. Oregon health officials said Thursday, April 22, 2021, that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Federal agencies end 11-day pause of Johnson Johnson vaccine

The shot’s benefits outweigh the risk of rare but serious blood clots, health officials said.

A box of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is shown in a refrigerator at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash., Thursday, March 25, 2021. Oregon health officials said Thursday, April 22, 2021, that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with pod manager Peyton Plucker at the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Arlington Municipal Airport on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gov. Inslee: We’ve entered a fourth surge of COVID-19

He pointed to data showing the state’s rising cases, hospitalizations and spread of virus variants.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with pod manager Peyton Plucker at the mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Arlington Municipal Airport on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - This Saturday, March 6, 2021, file photo, shows vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital pharmacy. Oregon health officials said Thursday, April 22, 2021, that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

CDC investigating woman’s death after J&J vaccine in Oregon

Health officials say it’s not certain that her death is related to the vaccination.

FILE - This Saturday, March 6, 2021, file photo, shows vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital pharmacy. Oregon health officials said Thursday, April 22, 2021, that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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