Coronavirus outbreak

One union OKs deal with state on governor’s vaccine mandate

Talks continue with other unions amid concern there might be a worker exodus ahead of the Oct. 18 deadline.

King County to fund theaters, arts with $20M in COVID aid

The federal COVID-19 recovery funds will go to theaters, music venues, clubs and other spaces.

Comment: Study shows masks work, widespread use is possible

Research in Bangladesh confirmed masks cut the spread of covid and hit on ways to promote their use.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Masks required at big outdoor events; vax mandates expanded

The governor’s mask order, which takes effect Monday, comes as COVID-19 infections rise and hospital ICUs fill up.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Travel during pandemic is a disaster; it shouldn’t be

Relaxing restrictions, while requiring vaccination, could aid tourism and efforts against covid.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Idaho hospitals begin rationing health care amid COVID surge

Cases have skyrocketed in the state, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Comment: It’s simple; getting covid vaccine can save your life

News of ‘breakthrough’ cases for the vaccinated doesn’t change vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.

Comment: Why vaccine skeptics are all in for ivermectin

Convinced of medical science’s alleged ulterior motives, skeptics would rather trust their own ‘research.’

What you need to know about COVID-19 booster shots

A third dose, or a booster vaccine against COVID, will likely work similar to the annual flu shot.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (left) and Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters provide updates on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday. (Snohomish Health District)

We just surpassed last winter’s coronavirus infection rate

County officials, meanwhile, are considering an outdoor-event mask requirement and vaccine verification.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (left) and Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters provide updates on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday. (Snohomish Health District)
Pam Woods of Marysville along with others gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)

State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate

An agreement between the state and their union also provides for some leeway in meeting the deadline.

Pam Woods of Marysville along with others gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)
Several audience members refused to wear a mask or leave the building after Oak Harbor School Board President John Diamond asked them to comply with Gov. Inslee’s indoor mask mandate during the Aug. 30 meeting. (Jason Uemoto, file)

Oak Harbor school board disrupted a 2nd time by anti-maskers

Future meetings will be virtual “for the safety of staff, students and community,” the district said.

Several audience members refused to wear a mask or leave the building after Oak Harbor School Board President John Diamond asked them to comply with Gov. Inslee’s indoor mask mandate during the Aug. 30 meeting. (Jason Uemoto, file)
Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on July 12. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seahawks, Sounders, Kraken to require proof of vaccination

UW and WSU also join the Seattle professional teams and announce updated attendance guidelines.

Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle on July 12. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Space Needle in Seattle on Sept. 2. (Ted S. Warren / AP Photo)

King County moves toward vaccine verification system

The verification system could go into effect next month at places like clubs, theaters and stadiums.

The Space Needle in Seattle on Sept. 2. (Ted S. Warren / AP Photo)

Essential workers to receive up to $1,250 starting Sept. 22

Over 1,900 in Snohomish County will get the bonuses for their frontline work during the pandemic.

Trooper doesn’t want the vaccine, and locals want to hire him

Troopers willing to leave over the governor’s vaccine mandate could be coming to a department near you.

County’s $80M proposal will prioritize COVID-19 response

Economic recovery projects may lose money in the next round of American Rescue Plan Act spending.

Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah wears a mask as he listens to questions at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

‘Critical time’: 101 hospitalized here, 25 on ventilators

As people gather over the holiday weekend, officials warn the health care system is in critical condition.

Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah wears a mask as he listens to questions at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Anti-mask protests force 3 schools into lockdown

The far-right activists falsely believed the schools were arresting non-mask wearing children.

108 cases of COVID-19 linked to Northwest Washington Fair

Whatcom County health officials said the number may increase as they continue to investigate.