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Tag Archives: COVID-19 Update

Coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19 for short) is an infec­tious dis­ease caused by SARS coro­n­avirus 2 (SARS-CoV­‑2). It is a res­pi­ra­to­ry ill­ness that is cur­rent­ly spread­ing around the world, includ­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west. Sci­en­tists and pub­lic health author­i­ties around the globe are rac­ing to learn more about the dis­ease, iden­ti­fy peo­ple who may be sick with it, and test/develop antivi­ral drugs to com­bat it. The pop­u­la­tions most sus­cep­ti­ble to becom­ing crit­i­cal­ly ill from COVID-19 are the very young and the very advanced in age (young chil­dren and seniors). We are track­ing the dis­ease and the pub­lic health response to it in our spe­cial series COVID-19 Update. You’ll find an archive of install­ments from this series below.

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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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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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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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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COVID-19 Update: Illegal openings, legal confusion and questionable tests

Excerpt: Two gyms were given cease and desist orders in Washington State, while Oregon's stay at home order is under review by the state's Supreme Court, and a test used in Eastern Idaho is being questioned as to its accuracy.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: New mask requirements, threats, lawsuits, and antibody tests

Excerpt: King County has announced new mask-wearing requirements, while the religious right in Oregon has joined militant Republicans in Washington in launching legal maneuvers against stay at home orders.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Elected officials call for testing, tracing, and mitigation

Excerpt: Both Governors of Washington and Oregon have extended their stay at home orders, and both have unveiled plans for reopening their states in conjunction with plans for testing, tracing and mitigation.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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