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Community Transit drops employee COVID vaccine requirement
After a year with it in place and three years after the first known U.S. COVID case, the CEO announced the change.
State to lift mask mandate for health care facilities April 3
The Department of Health will also end requirement for face coverings in long-term care settings and correctional facilities.
5 things to watch in Snohomish County as COVID public emergency ends
Snohomish County health care leaders shared what they’re concerned about when the federal emergency expires May 11.
Washington state Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID-19
“Once again I am very appreciative to be vaccinated and boosted,” Inslee said in the statement.
Comment: FDA should fix its ‘one-size-fits-all’ booster advice
For older at-risk adults, more frequent covid boosters may be necessary, but others should wait longer.
COVID still ‘simmering’ in the county, while booster uptake remains low
Meanwhile, flu and RSV cases have plummeted, suggesting the “tripledemic” could — emphasis on “could” — be fading.
Comment: Before you gather, you, guests should test for covid
If used properly, the tests can be key in preventing your party from becoming a superspreader event.
Comment: Fighting anti-vax misinformation still worth effort
‘Excess’ deaths from covid are occuring in areas with the lowest rates of vaccination.
Health officials urge mask-wearing as viruses rise statewide
An “unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses” spurred a joint statement from dozens of county medical leaders.
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
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.
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.
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.
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
With links to official information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID, monkeypox levels down
State says prevention efforts will continue.