Coronavirus outbreak

Carol Rochnowski, of Lake Stevens, enjoyed a socially distanced dinner with her neighbors, Andy and April Taylor, before the weather changed their weekly meals. The neighbors, along with Rochnowski's housemate Bernie Terry, have supported 24 restaurants during the pandemic. (Courtesy Carol Rochnowski)

With weekly take-out, neighbors feeding their friendships

These Lake Stevens families have made it a point to order takeout from an array of restaurants weathering the pandemic.

Carol Rochnowski, of Lake Stevens, enjoyed a socially distanced dinner with her neighbors, Andy and April Taylor, before the weather changed their weekly meals. The neighbors, along with Rochnowski's housemate Bernie Terry, have supported 24 restaurants during the pandemic. (Courtesy Carol Rochnowski)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, gets the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, from Elizabeth Smalley, right, a medical assistant at a Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia, Wash. Inslee's wife Trudi also received the first dose of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gov. Jay Inslee receives COVID-19 vaccine

He and his wife, Trudi, are 69 and qualify under Phase 1B of the state vaccination schedule.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, gets the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, from Elizabeth Smalley, right, a medical assistant at a Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia, Wash. Inslee's wife Trudi also received the first dose of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State House and Senate Democrats unveil COVID-19 relief bill

The plan would spend $2.2 billion in federal aid money on pandemic relief efforts in Washington.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. Pfizer has committed to supply up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to get affordable vaccines to 92 poor and middle-income countries. The deal announced Friday, Jan. 22 will supply the shots to the program known as COVAX.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Short on doses, county’s drive-thru vaccinations are on pause

Appointments won’t be accepted again until new shipments arrive — next week at the soonest.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. Pfizer has committed to supply up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to get affordable vaccines to 92 poor and middle-income countries. The deal announced Friday, Jan. 22 will supply the shots to the program known as COVAX.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Syringes are filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the first Phase 2 vaccination for Richmond and Henrico, Va., workers in high-risk professions during a Henrico County Health Department event at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. ( Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Scarcity of vaccine doses slows rollout in Snohomish County

Despite qualifying for the vaccine, people over age 65 may have to wait weeks for a shot.

Syringes are filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the first Phase 2 vaccination for Richmond and Henrico, Va., workers in high-risk professions during a Henrico County Health Department event at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. ( Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Comment: Don’t use vaccine proof as get-out-of-covid-jail card

Cards are issued as reminders for a second dose; they shouldn’t be used for immunity segregation.

State’s vaccine schedule draws criticism from Island County

Gov. Jay Inslee’s new plan for vaccinations didn’t include a change for disabled people.

Grant program reopens for businesses suffering amid pandemic

Local businesses that haven’t applied to Snohomish County’s “R3” program can do so until Feb. 2.

A sign in set up to alert that the vaccine station at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is by appointment only, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Inslee: New vaccination phase includes everyone 65 and older

The move to Phase 1b means more than 200,000 Snohomish County residents are eligible for the vaccine.

A sign in set up to alert that the vaccine station at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is by appointment only, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee outlined a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee press conference on vaccination plans

He was scheduled to announce changes to vaccine administration and a new distribution partnership.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee outlined a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Intensive care unit registered nurse Sara Gering at Providence Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington. A year later, Gering and her co-workers are still enduring the physical and emotional exhaustion that comes with caring for patients with COVID-19. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

For Providence ICU nurse, 2020 was a year of isolation

Sara Gering cares for the sickest of COVID-19 patients. She couldn’t do it without her co-workers.

Intensive care unit registered nurse Sara Gering at Providence Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington. A year later, Gering and her co-workers are still enduring the physical and emotional exhaustion that comes with caring for patients with COVID-19. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Peggy Jahn recovered from COVID-19, spending three weeks on a ventilator, and now walks 10,000 steps a day at her home on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 in Marysville, Washington. Jahn was one of Snohomish County’s early cases. Admitted March 14, she spent 42 days at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Once on a ventilator, she’s testament to life after COVID

Peggy Jahn spent six weeks in the hospital. These days, she’s climbing a ladder to paint the bedroom.

Peggy Jahn recovered from COVID-19, spending three weeks on a ventilator, and now walks 10,000 steps a day at her home on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 in Marysville, Washington. Jahn was one of Snohomish County’s early cases. Admitted March 14, she spent 42 days at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Sunrise View Retirement Villa and Convalescent Center Administrator Diane Lopes on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Lopes was the first Snohomish County ---------  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Leader of hard-hit Everett care home reflects on tragic year

Diane Lopes steered the Sunrise View retirement villa through the pandemic. She retired this month.

Sunrise View Retirement Villa and Convalescent Center Administrator Diane Lopes on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Lopes was the first Snohomish County ---------  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dr. Ryan Keay,  emergency department medical director at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, was at ground zero during an unprecedented battle to save lives.

Photographed on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Historic and chaotic is how Prov’s emergency leader sees 2020

Dr. Ryan Keay says “the science just wasn’t there” in the days after Everett hospital first saw COVID.

Dr. Ryan Keay,  emergency department medical director at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, was at ground zero during an unprecedented battle to save lives.

Photographed on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

County leaders push state to move up in vaccination phases

In a letter to Gov. Inslee, they are seeking the authority to begin vaccinating more people.

Dr. Darryl Keffer, a respiratory therapist. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Respiratory therapist keeps patients breathing through COVID

Darryl Keffer has been treating people sick with coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Darryl Keffer, a respiratory therapist. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
A protective gurney was used in January 2020 to transport the Snohomish County man, 35, the first coronavirus case in the United States, to an isolated room at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Providence Regional Medical Center)

It began with ‘Patient Zero’ one long year ago

Since then, everything changed. Here are five stories from the frontline of the COVID crisis.

A protective gurney was used in January 2020 to transport the Snohomish County man, 35, the first coronavirus case in the United States, to an isolated room at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Providence Regional Medical Center)

$300 unemployment supplement headed to bank accounts

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation will be available for up to 11 weeks.

A discarded face mask lies on the sidewalk across the street from Everett High School last December. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

3 local school districts ask for vaccines for all staff ASAP

Edmonds, Everett and Mukilteo superintendants hope to reopen classrooms sooner. The state says it doesn’t have enough doses.

A discarded face mask lies on the sidewalk across the street from Everett High School last December. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
People line up for COVID-19 vaccinations at Paine Field in Everett. (Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center)

Drive-thru vaccination clinics open in Everett and Lynnwood

More sites are planned as Snohomish County gets closer to broadening who is eligible for a shot.

People line up for COVID-19 vaccinations at Paine Field in Everett. (Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center)
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