Coronavirus outbreak

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protestors as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Inslee reinstates indoor mask rule, whether vaxxed or not

The governor also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protestors as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: Parents again anxious about kids’ return to schools

Parents were looking forward to a return to classrooms. That was before the delta variant and new worries.

Fewer renter protections after Monday, but help is available

Programs in Snohomish County can aid tenants behind on rent, but to avoid eviction, they must use them.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters provide updates on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic Aug. 17. (Snohomish Health District)

COVID-19 patients are again filling Snohomish County ICUs

Local leaders are pleading with the unvaccinated to get shots. Next best thing: wearing a mask indoors.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters provide updates on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic Aug. 17. (Snohomish Health District)

Over 200 coronavirus cases linked to Gorge music festival

More than 25,000 fans packed the Gorge for the 3-day country music festival July 30 to Aug. 1.

Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Delta variant is playing hardball; so must we

A mask requirement is the right call, as is a vaccine mandate for state workers. Teachers should be next.

Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: Very few medical exemptions for vaccines legitimate

In cases of allergic reactions to the first dose, for instance, they account for only 5 in 1 million.

Those at risk of losing their job for not taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and their supporters, lined an intersection to protest vaccine mandates in downtown Snohomish Thursday evening. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Amid surging cases, nurses and others protest vax mandates

About 30 people gathered in Snohomish to demonstrate against vaccination requirements.

Those at risk of losing their job for not taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and their supporters, lined an intersection to protest vaccine mandates in downtown Snohomish Thursday evening. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Reykdal presses his case for mandatory teacher vaccinations

Otherwise, the state superintendent warned, schools could close and students might need to be quarantined.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

WSU to end ‘personal or philosophical’ vaccine exemptions

Once implemented, students will have up to 45 days get a shot or request a new exemption.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

State schools chief urges a vaccine mandate for teachers

The superintendent of public instruction says the governor should require vaccinations for school employees.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
Glacier Peak's Adam Troxel celebrates a fumble recovery with teammate Jackson Hawkins at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night in Snohomish on March 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Masks off — sort of: State updates school sports guidelines

Vaccinated student-athletes won’t be required to wear masks while participating in games or practices.

Glacier Peak's Adam Troxel celebrates a fumble recovery with teammate Jackson Hawkins at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night in Snohomish on March 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The muffler man statue along Hewitt Avenue wearing a custom face mask on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

County health officer enacts indoor mask requirement

Starting Thursday, everyone 5 and up, vaccinated or not, must wear a mask in public indoor spaces.

The muffler man statue along Hewitt Avenue wearing a custom face mask on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Northwest Detention Center is shown, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Tacoma, Wash. on the day of a during a car-based protest showing support for detainees inside who were taking part in a hunger strike to protest conditions they say are inadequate to protect detainees from the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COVID outbreak at ICE facility in Tacoma worsens

Since June, 150 people, including seven guards and a health care worker, have tested positive.

The Northwest Detention Center is shown, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Tacoma, Wash. on the day of a during a car-based protest showing support for detainees inside who were taking part in a hunger strike to protest conditions they say are inadequate to protect detainees from the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, a car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. in Blaine, Wash. Canada is lifting its prohibition Monday, Aug. 9 on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians. The reopening is part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Canada begins allowing vaccinated US citizens to visit again

But the United States is keeping its restrictions in place for Canadians.

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, a car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. in Blaine, Wash. Canada is lifting its prohibition Monday, Aug. 9 on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians. The reopening is part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference where he announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Washington state employees and health-care workers, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

Governor will require state employees to get COVID vaccine

Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference where he announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Washington state employees and health-care workers, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

Comment: New surge hits hospitals with worst kind of deja vu

With safe and effective vaccines available, this summer didn’t have to look anything like last winter.

Comment: U.S. companies should mandate vaccines for workers

To protect their employees, their business and the economy, they should make it a requirement of employment.

How to apply for Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness

Businesses that received loans of $150,000 or less can apply through the Small Business Administration.

Dr. George Diaz is vaccinated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Providence)

Fifth wave: Snohomish County COVID hospitalizations rising

Providence Regional Medical Center is treating more than 50 COVID patients. Nearly all were unvaccinated.

Dr. George Diaz is vaccinated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (Providence)
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