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David Peterson, right, and Evan Merritt. (Jacqueline Allison / The Daily Herald)

Unvaccinated firefighters put on unpaid leave sue to recoup back pay

Eight Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters contend unpaid leave was not legal. Six of them are back at work

 

Eric Wilkinson, a Community Transit driver of 17 years, departs from Seaway Transit Center in an empty 280 bus Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Wilkinson said he usually has about 5 passengers from Boeing on the bus to Granite Falls, but had none Friday because Boeing was closed for the holiday weekend. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Driver shortage prompts Community Transit’s trip cut proposal

Reducing service, by 78 trips total on 9 routes, could make for more reliable arrivals and departures in March.

 

Trevor Gjendem addresses a gathering a hospital staff members, supporters and elected officials Wednesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on August 24, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett, county councils express ‘disappointment’ in letter to Providence

Earlier this month a patient died in the Everett hospital’s lobby. Nurses have spoken about work conditions for months.

 

People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No trick. Gov. Inslee ends his COVID-19 state of emergency

The Democratic governor issued the order when the pandemic began. 14,550 people have died from COVID in the state so far.

People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Seattle to end COVID-19 emergency proclamation

Policies linked to the order including premium pay for food delivery and network gig workers will end Nov. 1.

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Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fall brings concerns of a ‘twindemic’ of flu, COVID

Flu season is here. COVID never left. Officials say it’s time for people to get shots.

Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Comment: Here’s who should be first up for covid’s new booster

Those over 65, those with health problems and those not boosted in the last six months should get their jabs.

Comment: Declaring an ‘end’ to pandemics often prolongs them

While the worst may be past, history shows that such declarations limit still necessary public health efforts.

Seth McCoard, of Townshend, Vt., gets a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Comment: Is covid-19 pandemic over? The answer is yes, but …

A health expert, an economist and an education professor walk into the question of where covid has left us.

Seth McCoard, of Townshend, Vt., gets a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)
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COVID, monkeypox levels down

State says prevention efforts will continue.

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State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster

Under a tentative deal state employees would get $1,000 bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

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Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

1,700 people aided by $1.8 million Snohomish County ARPA money

A Mill Creek mother of four was out of work after heart surgery. The YWCA helped with truck repairs, rent and her resume.

Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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COVID boosters targeting omicron are here, in limited supply

The new bivalent shot offers some protection against the variant now causing nearly all infections.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Oct. 31

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday the order will end nearly three years after he first issued it.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Next pandemic, make closing schools the last resort

Relying on remote learning during covid did too much harm to children and with little health benefit for kids and adults.

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Health officials: Get updated COVID-19 booster, flu shot

Seattle and King County health officials are urging people to get the new COVID-19 booster.

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County’s priorities for $80M in relief: Mental health, shelters, youth

Snohomish County published a report on how it intends to spend a one-time cash influx from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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Comment: CDC needs to be transparent about its covid mistakes

The agency needs to be clear about what it didn’t know and what the purpose of its guidance was.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Providence nurse’s tearful plea shines light on short-staffed ER

The nurse described an overwhelmed emergency department, as staff have pleaded with the Everett City Council for hazard pay.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)