Coronavirus outbreak

Alicia Ramos gets her first shot of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine from Pharmacy Director Jeremy Thompson at QFC on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Inslee: We have vaccine capacity, we just need the doses

Despite continued frustration from those seeking a shot, the state is making progress, he said.

Alicia Ramos gets her first shot of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine from Pharmacy Director Jeremy Thompson at QFC on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Diane Symms, right, has been the owner and CEO of Lombardi's Italian Restaurants for more than three decades. Now in her 70s, she's slowly turning the reins over to her daughter, Kerri Lonergan-Dreke.Shot on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Frustrated restaurateur reflects on transformative pandemic

Lombardi’s owner Kerri Lonergan-Dreke is unhappy with government but is coping with the changes COVID brought.

Diane Symms, right, has been the owner and CEO of Lombardi's Italian Restaurants for more than three decades. Now in her 70s, she's slowly turning the reins over to her daughter, Kerri Lonergan-Dreke.Shot on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Pay freeze for Inslee, lawmakers this year; pay hike in 2022

A citizen panel approved a 1.75% increase for executives, legislators and justices 17 months from now.

People walk into the new Boeing Activity Center COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Indoor vaccination commences at Boeing Activity Center

It’s the fourth mass vaccination clinic in Snohomish County and can administer 10,000 shots per week.

People walk into the new Boeing Activity Center COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Daniel Kolodich works through an assignment Thursday morning at Sno-Isle Tech in Everett on January 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Hands-on instruction in the COVID age is something to savor

At Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, the gradual return of in-person learning is a welcome reprieve from screen time.

Daniel Kolodich works through an assignment Thursday morning at Sno-Isle Tech in Everett on January 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County’s boosted vaccine supply still isn’t enough

The county’s drive-thru clinics could adminster 50,000 shots a week. This week, they’re getting 3,500.

State House approves $2.2B for COVID relief; heads to Senate

The bill allocates federal money to fight the pandemic, help schools open, aid renters and assist businesses.

Dennis Shewey, of Arlington, bowls at Evergreen Lanes on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Starting Monday, certain categories of Snohomish county businesses were permitted to reinstate indoor occupancy at 25% capacity under Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide reopening plan. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Reopening Day: Some businesses return with lockdown lifted

Bowling and indoor dining were back as Snohomish County moved to Phase 2 of the “Healthy Washington” recovery plan.

Dennis Shewey, of Arlington, bowls at Evergreen Lanes on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Starting Monday, certain categories of Snohomish county businesses were permitted to reinstate indoor occupancy at 25% capacity under Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide reopening plan. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for the prized inoculations.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Playing favorites? Hospital boards, donors get COVID shots

Hospital board members, trustees and donors around the country got early access to the scarce drug.

People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for the prized inoculations.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Give teachers a cut in line for covid vaccine

It’s worth considering to get kids back in classrooms, but schools can work to open safely for all.

People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Snohomish barber Bob Martin (Andrea Brown / The Herald) 20210126

Rogue Snohomish barber keeps on running with scissors

Bob Martin, whose license was revoked, has ignored a cease-and-desist order and could face more fines.

Snohomish barber Bob Martin (Andrea Brown / The Herald) 20210126
Ken Turpin struggles to fit a box of PPE into the front compartment of his RV-8 plane as another pilot taxies to the runway as pilots deliver supplies to Native American tribes in Washington from the Arlington Airport on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. More than 35,000 pounds of necessities were flown by volunteers to Native American tribes in all corners of Washington. It’s a unique partnership between a tribal support network and about 100 local pilots, delivering resources while also training for an even worse crisis. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Small planes and generous pilots deliver food and PPE

A partnership at the Arlington airport is taking supplies to tribes while prepping for a big earthquake.

Ken Turpin struggles to fit a box of PPE into the front compartment of his RV-8 plane as another pilot taxies to the runway as pilots deliver supplies to Native American tribes in Washington from the Arlington Airport on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. More than 35,000 pounds of necessities were flown by volunteers to Native American tribes in all corners of Washington. It’s a unique partnership between a tribal support network and about 100 local pilots, delivering resources while also training for an even worse crisis. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

UK COVID-19 strain detected in King County

The B117 variant has recenlty been discovered in Snohomish and Pierce counties, too.

A waiter from Ivar's Seafood packages up food inside the outdoor dining tent on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Restaurant reprieve: State to relax some indoor restrictions

Starting Monday, folks can dine out, bowl and go to movie theaters in much of the Puget Sound region.

A waiter from Ivar's Seafood packages up food inside the outdoor dining tent on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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)

Providence gave special vaccine access to donors, volunteers

The Everett hospital has apologized for sending vaccination invites to more than 200 big-money donors.

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)

We’ve got lots of vaccination capacity, but too few doses

The county set up drive-thru clinics quickly. But it’s still difficult to make an appointment.

A line stretched for several blocks outside UW Medicine – Northwest early Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 after a freezer failure prompted an all-night COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Seattle.  Hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed.  (Evan Bush /The Seattle Times via AP)

Seattle hospitals rush out vaccines after freezer failure

Word of the more than 1,300 unexpected doses spread on social media in the middle of the night.

A line stretched for several blocks outside UW Medicine – Northwest early Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 after a freezer failure prompted an all-night COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Seattle.  Hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed.  (Evan Bush /The Seattle Times via AP)
Third grade teacher Lisa Thompson walks by her ten students, separated at six-foot distance, at Eagle Creek Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The students wear masks, are six feet from each other in class and after recess ends, get a mask break. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Third grade teacher Lisa Thompson walks by her ten students, separated at six-foot distance, at Eagle Creek Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The students wear masks, are six feet from each other in class and after recess ends, get a mask break. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Access to vaccine for Overlake hospital donors draws rebuke

About 110 people who gave more than $10,000 to the medical center were invited make appointments.

People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Still no easy way to get vaccine, but that could change soon

With low supply and high demand, appointments are filled within hours as Snohomish County awaits more doses.

People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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