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Tag Archives: 2019-2022 Coronavirus Pandemic

“The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, also known as the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, is an ongo­ing glob­al pan­dem­ic of coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute res­pi­ra­to­ry syn­drome coro­n­avirus 2 (SARS-CoV­‑2),” the pan­demic’s Wikipedia entry explains. “The nov­el virus was first iden­ti­fied in Wuhan, Chi­na, in Decem­ber 2019; a lock­down in Wuhan and oth­er cities in Hubei province failed to con­tain the out­break, and it spread to oth­er parts of main­land Chi­na and around the world.”

This is an archive of posts about the pan­dem­ic pub­lished by NPI’s Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate, includ­ing posts pub­lished as part of our COVID-19 Update series.

Transportation providers endanger health of traveling public in rush to abandon masking

Excerpt: The sudden policy shift, made with absolutely no regard for the potential adverse impacts on immunocompromised passengers, children, or those not wishing to travel in mask optional environments, is yet another development that will likely help prolong the pandemic -- with deadly and ominous consequences.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Planning
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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
Categories:Healthcare
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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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2022 legislative session begins; four state senators report positive COVID-19 tests

Excerpt: The 2022 session is expected to run through March 10th, 2022, the last day allowed by the Washington State Constitution for a regular session in an even-numbered election year like the one we're in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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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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Need a fresh supply of good masks or COVID-19 at-home tests? Here’s where to get them

Excerpt: With community spread up and the risk of infection growing, now is a good time to stock up on essential protective supplies as well as reviewing safety protocols and reconsidering travel and gathering plans. Here are some recommendations.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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Republican State Senator Doug Ericksen has died after contracting COVID-19 last month

Excerpt: Ericksen, fifty-two, represented the 42nd Legislative District, which currently encompasses much of Whatcom County, including portions of the City of Bellingham.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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British Columbia Premier John Horgan: Comfortable in power, but embarking on his second fight with cancer

Excerpt: Horgan, who leads the BCNDP, is known for pounding the B.C. Liberals on their (many) misdeeds while running the province for sixteen years. Yet, across the spectrum, Hogan’s illness has produced warm wishes for recovery.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Idaho Governor Brad Little is wrong: Evidence shows vaccine mandates work, and work well

Excerpt: Governor Little can save many Idahoans from a tragic fate by joining Governor Inslee and President Biden in issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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