Coronavirus outbreak

Fryelands Elementary School in Monroe. (Monroe School District)

Monroe teachers who resist in-person classes could be fired

The district is bringing first-graders back to schools Tuesday. Their usual teachers might not be there.

Fryelands Elementary School in Monroe. (Monroe School District)

Virus case count ‘explosive’: Hospitalizations, deaths rising

Snohomish County broke the new-cases record for a second straight week. Hospitals are bracing for a surge.

Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dr. Umair A. Shah named new Washington secretary of health

He “will help us lead Washington state through the next crucial phase of this pandemic,” said Gov. Inslee.

Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

300 attend wedding near Ritzville, leading to virus outbreak

County officials said attendees diagnosed with COVID-19 have been linked to two subsequent outbreaks.

Server Kelly King talks with diners Suzan Nettleship, Bill Zama and Rodger Scheibner as they enjoy a last meal inside, before restrictions take place, at Sol Food on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Businesses brace for another round of COVID restrictions

They survived the closures in the spring but worry about what lies ahead as the infection spreads.

Server Kelly King talks with diners Suzan Nettleship, Bill Zama and Rodger Scheibner as they enjoy a last meal inside, before restrictions take place, at Sol Food on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, clinical research coordinator Tammy Lewis-McCauley administers an injection to Katelyn Evans, a trial participant, as part of the hospital’s clinical trial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via AP)

Commentary: Local health districts key to covid vaccinations

Investments in supplies and staff must be made now to ensure a successful rollout of vaccines.

In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, clinical research coordinator Tammy Lewis-McCauley administers an injection to Katelyn Evans, a trial participant, as part of the hospital’s clinical trial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via AP)
Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Republicans say they’ve been iced out of decision making

Some GOP lawmakers have previously claimed that the restrictions due to COVID-19 were costing lives.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State halts indoor service at bars, restaurants, home guests

Amid soaring new coronavirus cases and an overburdened health care system, the state’s clamping down.

Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Gov. Jay Inslee

Watch the governor’s Sunday news conference here

As COVID-19 cases soar, Gov. Jay Inslee announced further restrictions on public gatherings.

Gov. Jay Inslee
Anah Christenson (right) checks the temperature of an enlisted sailor Friday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Challenging year for Naval Station Everett as COVID spreads

In an annual update, the commanding officer also explained Everett’s lack of an aircraft carrier.

Anah Christenson (right) checks the temperature of an enlisted sailor Friday morning at Naval Station Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Monroe teachers vote against in-person first grade classes

First-graders were to start a hybrid schedule on Monday, but teachers say the district is not ready.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee to hold news conference to announce new restrictions

Among them, reportedly, will be a ban on indoor service at restaurants and retail limitations.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington sets another new record for daily COVID-19 cases

On Friday, 2,147 additional coronavirus cases and 12 deaths were reported in Washington.

Facing enormous need, county grapples with critical deadline

Council members say residents are struggling now as they weigh saving money for 2021 relief efforts.

A woman walks up to closed doors at the Josephine Caring Community on Wednesday, March 11, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Big COVID outbreak at Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood

Since Oct. 26, 94 people, including residents and staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

A woman walks up to closed doors at the Josephine Caring Community on Wednesday, March 11, 2018 in Stanwood, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state. (Cathy Cheney/Pool Photo via AP)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces 14-day statewide ‘freeze’

Exemptions include hair salons, homeless sheltering, childcare and schools that are currently open.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state. (Cathy Cheney/Pool Photo via AP)
Metro buses post signs advising that masks are required Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

California, Oregon, Washington issue virus travel advisories

People are urged to avoid non-essential travel or self-quarantine after arriving from another state.

Metro buses post signs advising that masks are required Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, wear masks before taking them off for a final rehearsal in the governor's office before making a statewide televised address on COVID-19, which health officials have warned is accelerating rapidly throughout the state, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: As Thanksgiving nears, ‘further restrictions’ coming

“Simply put, we have to rethink these holidays,” the governor said in a televised address with his wife.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, wear masks before taking them off for a final rehearsal in the governor's office before making a statewide televised address on COVID-19, which health officials have warned is accelerating rapidly throughout the state, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Another toilet paper shortage? No, but hoarding has resumed

As COVID cases spike, so does demand for TP. Stores usually have a supply, but take only what you need.

A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
A bus stop ad for COVID-19 testing is shown outside Pfizer world headquarters in New York on Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, but it doesn't mean a vaccine is imminent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Commentary: I’ve had a covid-19 vaccine; it’s a medical marvel

Having volunteered for a study, I got an early look at Pfizer’s vaccine and the science behind it.

A bus stop ad for COVID-19 testing is shown outside Pfizer world headquarters in New York on Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, but it doesn't mean a vaccine is imminent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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