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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: 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.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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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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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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