Coronavirus outbreak

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Snohomish County seeks input on spending American Rescue Plan dollars

In-person events across the county will help guide more than $80 million in federal recovery money.

 

The COVID-19 ward at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in May 2020. (Andy Bronson / Herald file) 20200519

Editorial: Even after 1 million deaths, covid fight isn’t over

Most of us have put away masks, but case counts are rising again and vigilance is still paramount.

 

Comment: Parents of unvaccinated kids need better guidance

Public health officials, not parents, should be summarizing the research on how to protect kids under 5.

Comment: 34 volunteered to get covid; here’s what was learned

The ‘challenge’ trial provided researchers with valuable data on covid-19 and the body’s reaction to it.

Comment: Skip the robe; give my kid a jab for Mother’s Day

I want my new daughter to see the outside world instead of our covid vaccination ‘waiting room.’

Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship is shown docked at PortMiami, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Miami.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more cruise ships due to new COVID-19 cases aboard. The agency says 88 vessels are now either under investigation or observation, but it does not specify how many cases have been reported. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Carnival Cruise Ship docked in Seattle overwhelmed by COVID

Passengers on the cruise from Miami to Seattle reported the crew’s response was chaotic.

Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Horizon cruise ship is shown docked at PortMiami, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Miami.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating more cruise ships due to new COVID-19 cases aboard. The agency says 88 vessels are now either under investigation or observation, but it does not specify how many cases have been reported. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Dr. Chris Spitters (Snohomish Health District)

Not a mandate, but a ‘call to action’ for return of masks

As hospitalizations surge, Snohomish County health officials recommend people wear masks indoors and in crowds.

Dr. Chris Spitters (Snohomish Health District)

Comment: As at-home covid test replace PCRs, we need guidance

Too few can decipher the advice included with tests on what to do with the results.

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13 unvaccinated firefighters are cleared to return to work

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is allowing them to return, but they must be tested daily.

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FILE - Workers from a Servpro disaster recovery team wearing protective suits and respirators enter the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., to begin cleaning and disinfecting the facility, March 11, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home was at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

COVID again leading cause of state’s work-related deaths

The dead include health care workers, corrections officers, mechanics, orchard workers and police officers.

FILE - Workers from a Servpro disaster recovery team wearing protective suits and respirators enter the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., to begin cleaning and disinfecting the facility, March 11, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home was at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Comment: Disease models are rarely correct but can be useful

Attempts to forecast epidemics over the last 100 years have seen little success. So why keep at it?

Comment: Were masks really such an imposition on liberty?

Tell that to residents of Shanghai, locked in their homes for weeks. Or those with comrpomised immune systems.

Artist Stuart Nakamura, who was elected to create some public art in Everett reflecting on COVID, outside of the Everett Library Evergreen Branch where his art piece will be displayed on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

His task: Create an artful monument to our pandemic resilience

Stuart Nakamura was chosen to create a steel sculpture in Everett to memorialize our collective experience.

Artist Stuart Nakamura, who was elected to create some public art in Everett reflecting on COVID, outside of the Everett Library Evergreen Branch where his art piece will be displayed on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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As COVID policies loosen, health officials urge caution

There’s promising news: Hospitalizations have remained down in the state and Snohomish County.

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A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community Transit, Paine Field, ferries drop mask requirement

After a federal judge struck down the CDC’s mask mandate, agencies in Snohomish County are changing direction.

A man wearing a face mask walks toward the rear door of a Community Transit bus at the Everett Station on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Masks optional on Alaska Airlines after court ruling

The carrier said that passengers and employees have the option to wear a mask while traveling in the U.S. and at work.

Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Health board decides against COVID vaccine requirement for students

The state Board of Health wants to see more data for younger children. Members also note there is strong public opposition.

Comment: Why a 4-day-workweek could help workers, employers

During the early 20th century, major employers found 6-hour days improved productivity. Workers are ready for change.

Comment: Covid.gov wesbite not one-stop-shop Biden promised

The website is difficult to navigate, offers links to old information and is far too late to the game.