Coronavirus outbreak

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)
FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Bly Fire Camp on the southern edge of the Bootleg Fire, in Klamath County, Ore. People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will be once again be required wear masks in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Arden Barnes/The Herald And News via AP, File)

Masks to be required in Oregon’s outdoor public settings

Health officials say they’re seeing instances where cases are clustering around outdoor events.

FILE - In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Bly Fire Camp on the southern edge of the Bootleg Fire, in Klamath County, Ore. People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will be once again be required wear masks in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Arden Barnes/The Herald And News via AP, File)

Comment: GOP governors should stop fighting covid mandates

State bans against mandates for masks and vaccines go against long-held conservative principles.

Comment: Want to thank health workers? Wear mask, get vaxxed

Doctors, nurses and hospitals are swamped with covid cases. You can easily lighten their burden.

Cameron Beardsley dives for a ball during practice on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

EvCC, EdC begin competitions still dealing with COVID protocols

40-plus college soccer teams converge in Tukwila this week as NWAC sports get underway again.

Cameron Beardsley dives for a ball during practice on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A car drives past a large group of anti-vaccine mandate protestors outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County infections near the highs set last winter

Vaccines have tempered this latest wave, officials say, but far more people need to gets their shots.

A car drives past a large group of anti-vaccine mandate protestors outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: Should vaccination be a factor in who gets ICU care?

Giving priority to those who are vaccinated might seem justified, but medical care is owed to all.

Students walk round to find their schedules and get checked in during the first day of school at Everett High on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Students gear up for a year of reading, writing and masking

The excitement of returning to classrooms is tempered by a surge in COVID-19, mask wars and vaccine mandates.

Students walk round to find their schedules and get checked in during the first day of school at Everett High on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington state’s mask mandate went into effect Monday

The governor’s office is working with state partners to reestablish an enforcement system.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Editorial: Differing points on mandates need reason, respect

Officials must take more care in how they argue their points about the measures used to fight covid.

Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Snohomish County COVID cases still surging in fifth wave

Snohomish Health District data continue to show that unvaccinated residents are driving the surge.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State employee union raps Inslee over vaccine mandates

A 45,000-member union is criticizing Gov. Inslee’s implementation of a broad COVID vaccine mandate.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Klickitat Co. sheriff with COVID-19 still fighting mandates

The 76-year-old’s diagnosis led to a five-day hospital stint. He’s back home now and using oxygen.

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.