Coronavirus outbreak

Seth McCoard, of Townshend, Vt., gets a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot during a vaccine clinic held by Rescue Inc. at Leland & Gray Middle and High School, in Townshend, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Comment: Is covid-19 pandemic over? The answer is yes, but …

A health expert, an economist and an education professor walk into the question of where covid has left us.

 

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COVID, monkeypox levels down

State says prevention efforts will continue.

 

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State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster

Under a tentative deal state employees would get $1,000 bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

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Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

1,700 people aided by $1.8 million Snohomish County ARPA money

A Mill Creek mother of four was out of work after heart surgery. The YWCA helped with truck repairs, rent and her resume.

Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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COVID boosters targeting omicron are here, in limited supply

The new bivalent shot offers some protection against the variant now causing nearly all infections.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Oct. 31

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday the order will end nearly three years after he first issued it.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Comment: Next pandemic, make closing schools the last resort

Relying on remote learning during covid did too much harm to children and with little health benefit for kids and adults.

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Health officials: Get updated COVID-19 booster, flu shot

Seattle and King County health officials are urging people to get the new COVID-19 booster.

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County’s priorities for $80M in relief: Mental health, shelters, youth

Snohomish County published a report on how it intends to spend a one-time cash influx from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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Comment: CDC needs to be transparent about its covid mistakes

The agency needs to be clear about what it didn’t know and what the purpose of its guidance was.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Providence nurse’s tearful plea shines light on short-staffed ER

The nurse described an overwhelmed emergency department, as staff have pleaded with the Everett City Council for hazard pay.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
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Snohomish County, cities announce $9.6M for mental health, shelter

Projects span from Edmonds to Sultan. Each city is using American Rescue Plan Act money, with the county contributing, too.

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Seattle ends COVID hazard pay for grocery store workers

The now repealed policy had required grocery stores to pay employees an additional $4 per hour.

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Comment: FDA finally has a simple, well-timed booster plan

With new covid boosters ready this fall, they can be paired with flu shots. But Congress has to fund them.

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King County considers mandates, urges masking, boosters

Hospitalizations in King County have increased three-fold since April, resulting in talk of mandates.

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Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Providence nurses seek hazard pay from Everett amid staffing woes

Council members agreed to review their options to support nurses, but mandating extra pay may not be possible.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)

Judge dismisses GOP lawmakers’ challenge of House vax rule

Rep. Robert Sutherland and five colleagues fought a requirement barring access to the House floor unless vaccinated

Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)
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)

Governor wants to make vaccine mandate permanent for new hires

Jay Inslee also wants to require current and future state employees keep up with their shots, if they want to keep their jobs.

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)
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New health officer worked closely with Snohomish County in pandemic

The outgoing health officer has “nothing but confidence” in his successor. The two say they had similar approaches to COVID.

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