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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: Pacific Northwest mounts valiant effort to avoid wintertime virus spike

Excerpt: From the ashes of the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, attempts at righting the situation are in progress. (Sadly, so are attempts to make things even worse.)
Written by:Rich Erwin
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Healthcare
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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:Rich Erwin
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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.
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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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