Coronavirus outbreak

Snohomish County COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 for 2-week rolling period (updated Mondays). (Snohomish County Health District)

Inslee loosens rules for bars, libraries and movie theaters

In Snohomish County, COVID cases are continuing to rise as leaders warn of a third wave.

Snohomish County COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 for 2-week rolling period (updated Mondays). (Snohomish County Health District)
The White House is seen in Washington, early Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, the morning after President Donald Trump returned from the hospital where he was treated for COVID-19. Traffic moves along K Street NW as TV crews set up in Black Lives Matter Plaza. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump halts COVID-19 relief talks until after election

The president instead wants to focus on confirming his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

The White House is seen in Washington, early Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, the morning after President Donald Trump returned from the hospital where he was treated for COVID-19. Traffic moves along K Street NW as TV crews set up in Black Lives Matter Plaza. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Comment: Covid only latest threat to nation’s food workers

Considering the history of in-house medical care to some, covid clinics at factories are a bad idea.

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State still sifting through thousands of unemployment claims

The recent Lost Wages Assistance program pumped an extra $625 million to Washington’s unemployed.

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Don’t let your covid guard down among friends, family

We have a blind spot when it comes to covid. We must turn our attention to informal gatherings.

Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sunrise resident, 82, happily on house arrest, COVID-style

Quarantine began after he went on a fishing trip. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

Michael O’Donnell, 82. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
President Donald Trump waves to members of the media as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump headed to the hospital for ‘few days’ with ‘mild symptoms’

The president announced Thursday night that he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump waves to members of the media as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)

Snohomish County sees another uptick in COVID-19 cases

It’s too early to call it a third wave, but the numbers are cause for concern, Dr. Chris Spitters said.

Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)
In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up his facemask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. In this (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Comment: What happens if the president is ‘unable’ to serve?

The law is clear about how illness is handled, but not every contingency is clearly spelled out.

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up his facemask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. In this (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Comment: We could see a type of vaccine before election

It won’t be an active vaccine that most know, but a passive type that could offer some protection.

Bellingham man’s date with Canadian girlfriend was spendy

Turns out he was in violation of Canada’s Quarantine Act.

Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

COVID-19 updates for employees and employers

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

Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)
Lake Stevens teacher’s upbeat lesson goes viral on TikTok

Lake Stevens teacher’s upbeat lesson goes viral on TikTok

A video posted by kindergarten teacher Mackenzie Adams has been viewed more than 10 million times.

Lake Stevens teacher’s upbeat lesson goes viral on TikTok
Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

A jump in tax collections cuts a projected $9 billion shortfall in half, acccording to new forecast.

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

Comment: Why the covid-19 death toll of 200,000 may be low

A excess of nearly 250,000 deaths have been reported this year over last; what does that say for covid’s risks?

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

COVID metrics continue a positive trend, but masks and social distancing are here to stay, officials say.

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic
Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

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.

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay
Paine Field gets $5M grant to remedy a CARES Act oversight
Paine Field gets $5M grant to remedy a CARES Act oversight
Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?

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.

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

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.

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