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Category Archives: Healthcare

COVID-19 Update: Many school districts plan to open for the fall in remote-only mode

Excerpt: As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the longer-term repercussions of the nation's failure to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic are starting to become painfully apparent.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Business, social activities restricted as region struggles to combat virus

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest is trying to determine the best combination of restrictions to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 without going back to a full scale lockdown.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency powers affirmed by federal judge

Excerpt: While new cases of COVID-19 proliferate, the right wing continues to hamper efforts to fight the virus, despite losing a major legal challenge.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Rolling, rolling, rolling…

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest faces increased rate of infection from the pandemic and considers its options.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Tim Eyman says he’s worried about facial recognition. So why won’t he wear a mask?

Excerpt: Throwing on a face covering can help frustrate the very technology that Tim Eyman says is a danger to our personal liberty. But Eyman has likened mask wearing to tyranny.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest embraces mandatory mask directives

Excerpt: As British Columbia makes additional moves to reopen its economy, Washington has mandated the wearing of masks in public and Oregon has completed a special legislative session focusing on COVID-19 and police reform.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: States grapple with rise in new coronavirus cases in rural communities

Excerpt: Seeking to avoid squandering the hard won progress of the spring, Pacific Northwest governors and public health officials are exhorting and even ordering their constituents to wear masks.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The Pandemic is Personal: Patti Dailey on adjusting to not going out during COVID-19

Excerpt: A Pierce County activist and public servant reflects on keeping up a strict physical distancing regimen to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Written by:Patti Dailey
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COVID-19 Update: Districts accelerate their planning for the 2020–2021 school year

Excerpt: A return to in-person classroom learning is being contemplated by school administrators across the region, but students and faculty will need to observe physical distancing protocols.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The Pandemic is Personal: Rituja Indapure on how COVID-19 has changed everyday life

Excerpt: One of NPI's Advisory Councilmembers describes her spring with the pandemic in a series of journal entries recorded at one month intervals.
Written by:Rituja Indapure
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COVID-19 Update: Food, transparency, and the fallout in our hardest hit communities

Excerpt: Food processing facilities remain a primary coronavirus outbreak nexus. We look at the fallout in that industry and highlight two areas within the Pacific Northwest hard hit by the pandemic in this installment of COVID-19 Update.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The Pandemic is Personal: Nadine Brumbaugh on giving up her massage therapy practice

Excerpt: A longtime massage therapist writes about what it's like when you have to leave your career, which you love, for the sake of your patients.
Written by:Nadine Brumbaugh
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest states gingerly move forward with reopening plans

Excerpt: Pacific Northwestern states are moving towards reopening their economies at different speeds. Idaho is on the fastest track, followed by Oregon, and then Washington.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Food, fraud, the homeless, strikes, the courts and miscalculations

Excerpt: In Washington, food processing plants are becoming hotspots for both disease and dissatisfaction, Oregon's Supreme Court has told a circuit court judge to explain at length why he thinks Governor Brown overstepped her authority, and Idaho is implementing a new plan for testing and tracking.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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