Coronavirus outbreak

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

‘The largest wave yet’: COVID metrics shatter previous highs

State and Snohomish County officials warn that continued spread will require renewed restrictions.

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
The number of people admitted to hospitals due to COVID-19 has held steady across Washington for the past six months. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Snohomish County sets another single-day COVID case record

On Wednesday, the health district logged 182 new coronavirus cases. The previous record, set Sunday, was 140.

The number of people admitted to hospitals due to COVID-19 has held steady across Washington for the past six months. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Monroe teachers urge district to pause further reopening

The school board there is moving forward with a plan to bring first-graders back on campuses on Nov. 16.

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What to know about cold, flu and COVID season

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

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Sultan bar’s liquor license suspended due to COVID violations

For 180 days, the Loggers Inn can operate as a restaurant but must not serve alcohol.

Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County just broke its single-day COVID case record

And a two-week case count ending Saturday showed 126 new infections per 100,000 residents

Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Alex Stonehill gets a goodbye from his daughter Helenore, 2, as her brother Malcolm, 4, motions to a friend arriving at the Community Day Center for Children on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. As more families make the jump back to group day care this fall in an attempt to restart lives and careers, many parents, pediatricians and care operators are finding that new, pandemic-driven rules offer a much-needed layer of safety but also seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Families, day cares feel strain of new COVID-19 health rules

Parents are weighing safety concerns that seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.

Alex Stonehill gets a goodbye from his daughter Helenore, 2, as her brother Malcolm, 4, motions to a friend arriving at the Community Day Center for Children on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. As more families make the jump back to group day care this fall in an attempt to restart lives and careers, many parents, pediatricians and care operators are finding that new, pandemic-driven rules offer a much-needed layer of safety but also seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The county’s coronavirus case rate is the second-highest it’s ever been. (Snohomish Health District)

County records its highest COVID case count since March

Cases keep rising as people push indoors and don’t wear masks around friends or family, data show.

The county’s coronavirus case rate is the second-highest it’s ever been. (Snohomish Health District)
Kindergarten student Wyatt works on a tablet with his mom Christi Brouder, while distance learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in a makeshift classroom in the living room at the family home, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Brouder has four children that are remote learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Comment: Can Europe offer insights into covid and schools?

The data aren’t always decisive, but the experiences there could offer U.S. schools some guidance.

Kindergarten student Wyatt works on a tablet with his mom Christi Brouder, while distance learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in a makeshift classroom in the living room at the family home, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Brouder has four children that are remote learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026

Flying to see family, it was a risk that seemed like a must

After eight months of not seeing my 98-year-old mom, a trip to my Spokane hometown was short and sweet.

A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026
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Langley man builds automatic candy dispenser for Halloween

People are still finding ways to partake in the holiday’s celebrations in a safe manner.

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This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials for a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced that the Food and Drug Administration is letting it resume testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S. (Cheryl Gerber/Johnson & Johnson via AP)

Washington joins multi-state review pact on COVID-19 vaccine

Inslee said he was “cautiously optimistic” that most people would choose to get the vaccine.

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials for a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced that the Food and Drug Administration is letting it resume testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S. (Cheryl Gerber/Johnson & Johnson via AP)
Like almost all workplaces in 2010, masks are now the norm at Snohomish County 911 due to COVID-19. Dispatchers have been split into two campuses to increase distance between workers. (Courtesy of Snohomish County 911.)

Despite virus scare at local 911 center, the calls don’t stop

A Snohomish County dispatcher tested positive for the virus last month. If not for precautions, it could’ve been disastrous.

Like almost all workplaces in 2010, masks are now the norm at Snohomish County 911 due to COVID-19. Dispatchers have been split into two campuses to increase distance between workers. (Courtesy of Snohomish County 911.)

Washington submits virus vaccine distribution plan to CDC

The state is working with local government, health care providers and others.

Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Local leaders sound the alarm over the surge in COVID cases

Weeks into a third wave of COVID activity, case counts have already surpassed the previous spike.

Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Health care workers and other staff walk out of Harborview Medical Center, a part of UW Medicine, during a noon hour break in a demonstration asking management to do more to protect staff, patients and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Harborview: COVID outbreak killed a patient, infected staff

Ten staffers at the Seattle hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.

Health care workers and other staff walk out of Harborview Medical Center, a part of UW Medicine, during a noon hour break in a demonstration asking management to do more to protect staff, patients and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Everertt High School (Sue Misao/ The Herald)

Schools told to pause resumption of classes as virus surges

Districts may continue in-person learning but shouldn’t bring more students back, health officials say.

Everertt High School (Sue Misao/ The Herald)
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School and COVID — What to expect

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

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Comment: Herd immunity requires a vaccine or killing millions

We can’t reliably protect the vulnerable if we allow the disease to spread freely among young adults.

Seattle-area man is 3rd in U.S. with 2nd confirmed COVID case

The patient, in his 60s, tested positive in early March and got sick against nearly 5 months later.

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