Coronavirus outbreak

Edmonds closes city buildings to public as COVID cases rise

The closures begin Friday. City staff will continue to offer services by email, phone and online.

Fans, most without masks, in the stands at Lumen Field watch an NFL football preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

King County reinstating outdoor mask mandate due to COVID-19

Facemasks will be required for outdoor events of 500 or more people, vaccinated or not.

Fans, most without masks, in the stands at Lumen Field watch an NFL football preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Masks on, at a distance, students begin a new year of school

Nervous and excited students filtered back into classrooms full-time in five districts in Snohomish County.

Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Edmonds offers grants to small businesses affected by COVID

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to up to 50 eligible businesses this year.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818

Editorial: Mob’s actions at school board meeting unacceptable

Protesters’ verbal abuse and disruption of a Marysville School Board meeting should not be tolerated.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818
Seattle Children's Hospital. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Seattle Children’s Hospital confirms 1st COVID-19 death

Hospital leaders throughout the state warn of growing numbers of infections in children.

Seattle Children's Hospital. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Comment: There is no silver bullet that can defeat covid-19

As effective as vaccination is, it must be paired with masks, good ventilation and other steps.

Comment: Why statistics can mislead on vaccination’s efficacy

Israel’s higher rate of covid hospitalizations among the vaccinated doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s happening.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where a man with the first case of coronavirus in the United States is being treated on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Everett, Wash. Health officials said Tuesday that the man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began. The man, identified only as a Snohomish County resident is in his 30s, was not considered a threat to medical staff or the public, health officials said. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

Hospitalizations and COVID cases are near last winter’s peaks

Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandates apparently inspired an increase in the state vaccination rate.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where a man with the first case of coronavirus in the United States is being treated on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Everett, Wash. Health officials said Tuesday that the man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began. The man, identified only as a Snohomish County resident is in his 30s, was not considered a threat to medical staff or the public, health officials said. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald via AP)

Tacoma hospitals turning to tents to accommodate COVID surge

Medical staff is being redeployed amid canceled surgeries and other procedures.

Masks mandated for Washington State Fair visitors

Visitors to the largest fair in the Pacific Northwest will be required to wear masks at all times.

Washington hospitals seeing more more pregnant COVID patients

ICU admissions are rising, along with maternal deaths and babies born prematurely.

Comment: ‘Why is this a thing, Mom?’

Why, for the antimask and antivax crowd, is this a political battle that ignores the needs of children?

Comment: Some schools see dress codes as way to mandate masks

Dress codes have been challenged on free-speech arguments, but they’re seen as part of schools’ authority.

Marysville firefighters Chris Burnette (left) and Chris Lytle (right) were part of the crew vaccinating people at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday. Marysville Fire District is part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce working to get communities vaccinated. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 210331

Snohomish County fire unions rail against vaccine mandate

Local departments are far from 100% vaccinated. Unions claim the mandate will thin the ranks.

Marysville firefighters Chris Burnette (left) and Chris Lytle (right) were part of the crew vaccinating people at the Arlington Airport on Wednesday. Marysville Fire District is part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce working to get communities vaccinated. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 210331

At least one COVID case linked to Arlington basketball event

The Snohomish Health District recommends attendees of the three-on-three tournament seek testing.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818

Here and elsewhere, angry unmasked parents disrupt meetings

In Marysville, they shouted obscenities at board members who must comply with a state mask mandate.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818
Head Coach Tom Tri pulls on his mask as he yells to his players as he Lake Stevens High School football team conducts its first practice, marking the first day of practice for fall sports in the Wesco division, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lake Stevens High School’s first 2 football games canceled

The Vikings’ powerhouse program was shut down for COVID-19 protocols after 2 players tested positive.

Head Coach Tom Tri pulls on his mask as he yells to his players as he Lake Stevens High School football team conducts its first practice, marking the first day of practice for fall sports in the Wesco division, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. The falling numbers show the country’s vaccination strategy is working, pushing deaths lower and easing pressure on the frayed hospital system. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Washington

State health officials say that the number of patients in is doubling every 18 to 19 days.

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, registered nurse Andraya Zelle treats a patient in the COVID intensive care unit at UW Medical Center-Montlake in Seattle. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. The falling numbers show the country’s vaccination strategy is working, pushing deaths lower and easing pressure on the frayed hospital system. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2021, file photo, two visitors peer into the room of a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore., as a nurse dons full protective gear before going into the room of another patient. Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, that the state has contracted with a medical staffing company to provide up to 500 health care workers to hospitals around the state to help respond to the surge in patients due to the delta variant. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

‘Crisis teams’ sent to hard-hit COVID hospitals in Oregon

Hospitalizations have increased 990% in the state since July 9, according to health officials.

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2021, file photo, two visitors peer into the room of a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore., as a nurse dons full protective gear before going into the room of another patient. Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, that the state has contracted with a medical staffing company to provide up to 500 health care workers to hospitals around the state to help respond to the surge in patients due to the delta variant. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)