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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: Biden gets boosted again; federal COVID fraud inquiry begins in Idaho

Excerpt: A new vaccine has been approved to protect Americans against COVID-19. Meanwhile, President Biden's personal physician is providing regular updates on his battle with COVID. The President is taking Paxlovid and isolating as he recovers from his bout with the virus.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Novavax wins FDA approval; President Biden fights off BA.5

Excerpt: A new vaccine has been approved to protect Americans against COVID-19. Meanwhile, President Biden's personal physician is providing regular updates on his battle with COVID. The President is taking Paxlovid and isolating as he recovers from his bout with the virus.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants may make for a difficult summer

Excerpt: The newest variants of COVID-19, BA.4 and BA.5, are highly transmissible and creating new waves of COVID-19 infection as we enter summer.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: States, local governments consider drawdown of mask mandates

Excerpt: As the omicron wave begins to fade, states and local governments are considering changes to rules requiring the wearing of masks to protect against COVID-19.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Supreme Court blocks vaccine/test mandate for large employers

Excerpt: The decision, which was criticized by the administration, was then followed by a second decision allowing a more modest mandate requiring healthcare workers at facilities receiving federal money to be vaccinated.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: New Secretary of State Steve Hobbs implements vaccine mandate

Excerpt: Hobbs' predecessor Kim Wyman, a Republican, had chosen not to require employees reporting to her to be vaccinated, in a break with the rest of the state's executive department.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: State, local governments place big orders for COVID-19 test kits

Excerpt: While the federal government is purchasing 500 million rapid tests to distribute free to the public in response to the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, governments in the Pacific Northwest have decided to acquire their own supply.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Governments ramp up testing as omicron looms over holiday season

Excerpt: Ahead of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's, the Biden-Harris administration announced new steps to address the omicron variant, which is rapidly accounting for an increasing percentage of new coronavirus cases.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Pandemic set to enter a new phase as omicron variant spreads

Excerpt: With the omicron variant B.1.1.529 threatening to complicate management of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is working on vaccinating young children against COVID-19 and enforcing vaccine mandates.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Young children are now vaccine-eligible, to the relief of many parents

Excerpt: With the omicron variant B.1.1.529 threatening to complicate management of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is working on vaccinating young children against COVID-19 and enforcing vaccine mandates.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: President Biden unveils new plan to get more Americans vaccinated

Excerpt: Read about the more aggressive steps the federal government will be taking to get tens of millions of Americans vaccinated between now and mid-October 2021, and what Pacific Northwest states are currently doing to combat the virus.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Vaccine mandates ramp up as nation feels the strain from delta variant

Excerpt: Mask mandates are also coming back as officials in the Pacific Northwest grapple with the more infectious delta variant, which now accounts for most new COVID-19 cases.
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COVID-19 Update: Governments at every level begin rolling out vaccine mandates

Excerpt: Getting all of us protected against an incredibly infectious disease that ruthlessly maims and kills is arguably the most pro-life move ever. So let's get it on.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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