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Substitute teacher Alison Davies, left, holds the door while leading second-graders back to their classroom at Union Ridge Elementary School  on Nov. 17.

Clark County schools’ COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Substitute teacher Alison Davies, left, holds the door while leading second-graders back to their classroom at Union Ridge Elementary School  on Nov. 17.

January 26, 2022, 4:56pm Clark County Health

Clark County schools are maintaining the sky-high COVID-19 rates seen in recent weeks, according to new data. Read story

People walk past the sundial near the Legislative Building in Olympia just before dusk on Tuesday, the shortest day of the year. (ted s.

Washington’s paid family leave program running short on cash

People walk past the sundial near the Legislative Building in Olympia just before dusk on Tuesday, the shortest day of the year. (ted s.

January 26, 2022, 2:09pm Health

Washington’s paid family leave program could hit a deficit as early as March and there are concerns about long-term solvency following a significant increase in demand for the benefit that launched in 2020. Read story

Volunteer Elizabeth Stoltz of Heisson waters the Fort Vancouver Garden in Vancouver, Wash., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Stolz said things were extra dried out because of the wind and smoke. "The wind sucks the life out of everything," she said. Stoltz said she is still not under evacuation from the Big Hollow Fire but her family made a plan in case it gets to that point. Clark County entered hazardous air-quality territory late Thursday as wildfire smoke traveling from other areas enveloped Southwest Washington.

WSU study finds air pollution, brought on by heat and wildfires, is increasing in the West

Volunteer Elizabeth Stoltz of Heisson waters the Fort Vancouver Garden in Vancouver, Wash., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Stolz said things were extra dried out because of the wind and smoke. "The wind sucks the life out of everything," she said. Stoltz said she is still not under evacuation from the Big Hollow Fire but her family made a plan in case it gets to that point. Clark County entered hazardous air-quality territory late Thursday as wildfire smoke traveling from other areas enveloped Southwest Washington.

January 26, 2022, 9:28am Health

On Aug. 24, 2020, 68 percent of the western United States experienced extreme levels of air pollution caused by wildfire smoke and rising heat, according to a newly published study from Washington State University researchers that sheds light on the broad health impacts of fires and heat. Read story

Pharmacies are turning away immunocompromised patients seeking 4th COVID shot

January 26, 2022, 8:51am Health

Patients with weakened immune systems — who are at high risk from COVID-19 — say pharmacies are turning them away when they seek additional vaccine doses recommended by federal health officials. Read story

Carter’s dream, almost reached: Guinea worm cases drop to 14

January 26, 2022, 8:49am Health

Guinea worm infections dropped to just over a dozen worldwide last year, getting closer to fulfilling former President Jimmy Carter’s dream of completely eradicating the disease during his lifetime. Read story

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk on a street Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.

What to know about at-home COVID-19 tests

FILE - Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.

January 26, 2022, 7:46am Health

With new websites to order at-home COVID-19 tests and shifting guidance on what to do if you test positive, we’ve compiled a guide of what you need to know about coronavirus testing. Read story

Malcolm Reed, left, dressed as the tooth fairy, signs "thank you" to a student on Tuesday, following Delta Dental of Washington's "The Tooth Fairy Experience" presentation at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver. Excited students were given gift bags with dental health items after the event.

Washington School for Deaf students embrace lessons from the tooth fairy

Malcolm Reed, left, dressed as the tooth fairy, signs "thank you" to a student on Tuesday, following Delta Dental of Washington's "The Tooth Fairy Experience" presentation at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver. Excited students were given gift bags with dental health items after the event.

January 26, 2022, 6:08am Clark County Health

Kids typically get paid a visit from the tooth fairy in the nighttime, right? Read story