Coronavirus outbreak

A driver waits at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site Feb. 9 at the Arlington Municipal Airport. (Julie Muhlstein / The Herald)

Getting Dad, 98, the shot was more than he could do alone

Helped by technology, I managed to get a shot in Arlington. For many, online scheduling is a barrier.

A driver waits at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site Feb. 9 at the Arlington Municipal Airport. (Julie Muhlstein / The Herald)
Jackie Hoernor, a resident at South Pointe Assisted Living, winces as she gets her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination during a Walgreen's Vaccine Clinic at South Pointe on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

Jackie Hoernor, a resident at South Pointe Assisted Living, winces as she gets her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination during a Walgreen's Vaccine Clinic at South Pointe on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with kindergartners in Chelsea Singh's class during a visit to Firgrove Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Students are back in school and all teachers and students are wearing masks. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with kindergartners in Chelsea Singh's class during a visit to Firgrove Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Students are back in school and all teachers and students are wearing masks. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
Shianne Shelton, left, and Jennifer Smith, right, prep sandwich lunches to be delivered to the volunteers the the Arlington Airport COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A brown-bag reprieve for Arlington workers issuing vaccines

With about 1,400 people to vaccinate a day, lunch from Everett’s Kindred Kitchen was a welcome break last week.

Shianne Shelton, left, and Jennifer Smith, right, prep sandwich lunches to be delivered to the volunteers the the Arlington Airport COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)

Inslee offers school districts state-funded COVID testing

The “Learn to Return” plan is intended to speed school reopenings with an added layer of confidence.

Gov. Jay Inslee talks about schools reopening during a Tuesday news conference. (TVW)
Pfizer COVID-19 vials are taken out of cold storage before use on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County gets fewer first doses than usual this week

Most of the incoming supply is reserved for second shots, following a statewide policy.

Pfizer COVID-19 vials are taken out of cold storage before use on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Officials: Funds needed to ensure vaccine reaches minorities

State health officials found that Black, Hispanic and multi-racial populations are under-vaccinated.

Sultan High School students line up, social distanced at one of the three temperature and wellness check station set up in the gym before entering the school for classes on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Local report finds few COVID cases spread through classrooms

Of 285 COVID cases linked to Snohomish County schools since fall, 53 were traced to in-school transmission.

Sultan High School students line up, social distanced at one of the three temperature and wellness check station set up in the gym before entering the school for classes on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Legislature approves $2.2 billion in coronavirus relief

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the bill next week, putting it into effect immediately.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most counties cleared for Inslee’s Phase 2, joining Snohomish

The governor also announced another infusion of aid for struggling businesses, renters and landlords.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most of state will be in Phase 2 of reopening plan next week

Snohomish County, in the Puget Sound region, met the standard two weeks ago and is in Phase 2.

Oak Harbor pharmacy receives extra vaccine doses in mistake

Instead of 200, Island Drug got 2,000 doses, and was instructed to use them all up, which it did.

The county’s vaccine supply is growing, but more is needed

A new appointment system for county sites, which includes a waitlist for shots, is set to debut this week.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New law averts big spike in unemployment taxes on businesses

Inslee signed a measure to spread out increases and boost weekly benefit checks for those who are unemployed.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this Aug. 29, 2019 photo, the 3M corporate logo stands atop the headquarters of the Minnesota-based company in Maplewood, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Washington hospitals find counterfeits in 3M mask supplies

It is unclear whether the counterfeit masks are less safe than those manufactured by 3M.

In this Aug. 29, 2019 photo, the 3M corporate logo stands atop the headquarters of the Minnesota-based company in Maplewood, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Here’s how the state will spend $2.2B in federal pandemic aid

Lawmakers plan to use the money to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Everett's Marisol and Hector Flores were blessed with twin daughters, Hadassah (left) and Tabitha, during the pandemic year. (Courtesy Marisol Flores)

Faith overcame fear for these grateful new parents of twins

After 12 years of marriage, pregnancy was a surprise. Friends and family have helped in the midst of the pandemic.

Everett's Marisol and Hector Flores were blessed with twin daughters, Hadassah (left) and Tabitha, during the pandemic year. (Courtesy Marisol Flores)
Rubber duck float in water

Viewpoints: What a rubber duck has to do with covid vaccines

Like a squeezed bath toy, it can take time for trust in medicine to return to its natural shape.

Rubber duck float in water
A 5G data transmitter attached to one of the buildings at Swans Trail Farms on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Data-driven farming: New tech ‘changes agriculture’

In a new program funded by the CARES Act, computers are helping Snohomish County farmers grow efficiently.

A 5G data transmitter attached to one of the buildings at Swans Trail Farms on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
QFC Pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Good news: There’s been almost no flu in Snohomish County

Measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have helped prevent the spread of influenza.

QFC Pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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