Coronavirus outbreak

Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?

With funding tied to getting students to school, districts are uncertain how much money they’ll receive.


Comment: In person or virtually, don’t skip care you need

Health care providers are ready to see you virtually or in person. Here’s how to prepare for a visit.


Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

The state says its ready to send out payments from a federal program. Certification is due Sunday.

Elementary students are preparing to return to classrooms

Stanwood is already teaching kindergartners on campus. Sultan and Arlington will soon follow suit.

Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus

The smoke will linger this week. And the unhealthy air can bring symptoms easily mistaken for COVID-19.

COVID-19 updates about returning to school

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

Marysville offers another round of CARES Act grants

Funds are available for those who need help paying for housing or business expenses amid COVID-19.

Comment: How to answer doubts about a Covid vaccine

Authorities need to address the three C’s: convenience, complacency and confidence.

Comment: Piecemeal Covid response unhelpful for farmworkers

As the federal government turned the response over to states, it left gaps in testing and tracing needs.

‘I know what hunger is,’ so at age 86 she’s a food bank donor

Mill Creek workers helped deliver her big donation. Experts see a critical need for food assistance.

Comment: Phamacies must be part of Covid vaccination network

Some regulatory barriers may need to be eased to allow better access to vaccines when available.

Unemployment system overwhelmed by users and new claims

The state Employment Security Department couldn’t process all the new information, leaving users frustrated.

Comment: Front-line workers call for medical care for all

A state work group is discussing how to build a universal health care system; your voice is needed.

Dr. Spitters: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’ with COVID fight

Cases are dropping, but don’t let your guard down, he said. Plus, one woman’s battle with the virus.

Comment: Break’s over, Congress; renew $600 checks for jobless

There’s scant evidence that the earlier additional benefit discouraged people from looking for work.

What to know as a school year without precedent begins

Grades will be given and roll taken. There will be recess and passing time between online classes.

Harrop: Why would Trump want to repeat Sweden’s deadly mistake?

Sweden largely stayed open to build herd immunity, but it now has a higher mortality rate than the U.S.

You may qualify for an extra $1,500 in unemployment back pay

A federal program will give some of the state’s unemployed a $300 weekly bump for the past five weeks.