Coronavirus outbreak

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Union: Community Transit vaccine mandate puts jobs in ‘jeopardy’

Meanwhile, at King County Metro, a similar mandate has significantly boosted vaccination rates.

 

An Issaquah School District school bus waits at an intersection near where a rally to encourage wider opening of in-person learning was being held, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Issaquah, Wash., east of Seattle. Students in kindergarten and lower-elementary grades recently returned to school in the district under a hybrid in-person learning program, but older elementary, middle-, and high school students are still being taught remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle Schools cuts bus routes due to driver shortage

Starting Monday, Seattle Public Schools is suspending 142 school bus routes due to a driver shortage.

 

Seattle Seahawks fans during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Los Angeles Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Ben VanHouten)

Vaccine proof or negative test soon required at large events

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the new order, which goes into effect Nov. 15.

Seattle Seahawks fans during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Los Angeles Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Ben VanHouten)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Washington’s COVID-19 cases down across all age groups

The downturn comes weeks after the state passed a peak of infection driven by the delta variant.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line Vt. The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated

The move ends a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line Vt. The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)
Natick, MA. - February 24: Antonio Loffa of Natick gets his COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at the Natick Mall on February 24, 2021 in Natick, Massachusetts. POOL PHOTO  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Doctor clears up common misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines

1. Breakthrough COVID-19 infections don’t mean the vaccines have failed. 2. The shots aren’t a one-and-done solution.

Natick, MA. - February 24: Antonio Loffa of Natick gets his COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site at the Natick Mall on February 24, 2021 in Natick, Massachusetts. POOL PHOTO  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Bobby Nakihei (right) of Everett, shown with his wife, Diana, died of COVID-19 this month. In 2017 he received a heart and kidney from Justin Elzinga, a 20-year-old Kennewick college student who died unexpectedly. (Family photo) 20211013

Organ donor gave Everett man a new life, until COVID hit

A 20-year-old man’s heart beat inside Bobby Nakihei, 62, of Bobby’s Hawaiian Restaurant in Lynnwood.

Bobby Nakihei (right) of Everett, shown with his wife, Diana, died of COVID-19 this month. In 2017 he received a heart and kidney from Justin Elzinga, a 20-year-old Kennewick college student who died unexpectedly. (Family photo) 20211013
Dave Somers (left) and Dr. Chris Spitters.

COVID cases decline but local hospitals remain ‘under siege’

Coronavirus patients fill 62 hospital beds in Snohomish County. Expanded eligibility for vaccines could help.

Dave Somers (left) and Dr. Chris Spitters.
Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Boeing says workers must get the COVID vaccine by Dec. 8

“Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,” says an internal company presentation.

Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Big push lands Lake Stevens Food Bank a slice of federal aid

When the County Council OK’d use of $56.6 million, it made a change, steering $600,000 to the nonprofit.

People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: Kids’ vaccine won’t bring schools to ‘normal’ quickly

Distribution may not start until December, and some parents may be hesitant to vaccinate children.

Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%

A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.

A KN95 mask. (Wikimedia Commons) 20211008

Mandate won’t keep unvaccinated teachers out of classrooms

Some Snohomish County school districts will require masks and COVID tests for employees to keep their jobs.

A KN95 mask. (Wikimedia Commons) 20211008
A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is displayed on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Vaccine compliance high among health care workers here

Providence reports 92%; Swedish 98%; EvergreenHealth in Monroe over 95%.

A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is displayed on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Vaccination rates rise at WA agencies ahead of deadline

As of yesterday, the Department of Social and Health Services said 91% of its staff is vaccinated.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa., together with Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, Rep. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., right, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., second from right, and other Republican members of Congress speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Rep. McMorris Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19

In a statement, the eastern Washington Republican said her symptoms were mild.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa., together with Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, Rep. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., right, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., second from right, and other Republican members of Congress speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Bob Martin, 80, owner of the The Stag Barber and Styling in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

$90,000 fine doesn’t stop defiant Snohomish barber

Bob Martin appealed a state penalty for ignoring coronavirus rules and lost. It has not cut into his business.

Bob Martin, 80, owner of the The Stag Barber and Styling in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

Community Transit issues vaccine requirement for employees

It starts with new hires this week, a vaccine or weekly negative test by Oct. 18, and full compliance by Jan. 1.

Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

More Seattle police showing proof of COVID vaccination

At least 292 officers still need to verify they’ve been fully vaccinated, a 62 decrease from Tuesday.

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