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President Joe Biden begins to speak Friday about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington.

President advocates for vaccines

President Joe Biden begins to speak Friday about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington.

January 14, 2022, 5:44pm Health

Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration’s sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. Read story

Registered nurse Scott McGieson wears an N95 mask as he walks out of a patient's room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma.

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

Registered nurse Scott McGieson wears an N95 mask as he walks out of a patient's room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma.

January 14, 2022, 2:59pm Health

U.S. health officials on Friday encouraged more Americans to wear the kind of N95 or KN95 masks used by health-care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read story

President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Federal testing website launches next week; 4 tests per home

President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

January 14, 2022, 1:49pm Health

The federal website where Americans can request free COVID-19 tests will begin accepting orders on Wednesday as the White House looks to address nationwide shortages, but supplies will be limited to just four free tests per home. Read story

FILE - Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to the highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jae C.

A shift away from daily COVID case counts has begun

FILE - Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to the highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jae C.

January 14, 2022, 9:08am Health

The most familiar indicator of COVID-19’s inexorable nationwide spread — daily state and local case counts — may be on the way out. Read story

FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, respiratory therapist Neeru Kaur, right, and other medical staff work on a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center, which is part of Seattle-area health care system UW Medicine, in Seattle. The number of deaths in Washington because of the coronavirus has reached 1,000, the Washington State Department of Health reported Saturday, May 16, 2020. The agency added eight more deaths and listed the total number of confirmed cases at 18,288.

Washington hospital workers filed record number of workplace safety complaints in 2021, unions say

FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, respiratory therapist Neeru Kaur, right, and other medical staff work on a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center, which is part of Seattle-area health care system UW Medicine, in Seattle. The number of deaths in Washington because of the coronavirus has reached 1,000, the Washington State Department of Health reported Saturday, May 16, 2020. The agency added eight more deaths and listed the total number of confirmed cases at 18,288.

January 14, 2022, 7:33am Health

Washington hospital workers filed a record number of workplace safety complaints last year, the state’s health care unions reported Thursday — another reminder of the exhaustion and burnout nurses, technicians, therapists, aides and other health care staff have struggled with during the pandemic. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

Clark County emergency rooms report drastic increase in patients

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

January 14, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

Officials at Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center have a request: Don’t visit the emergency room if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms or if you need a walk-in COVID-19 test. Read story

Red Virus and blue DNA strand - medical 3D illustration with dark blue background

New hospital admissions surge as omicron spreads through Clark County

Red Virus and blue DNA strand - medical 3D illustration with dark blue background

January 13, 2022, 4:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported a surge in hospital admissions this week as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread widely throughout the community. Read story

Members of the Washington National Guard toss a bag of potatoes as they load a waiting car, Thursday, May 14, 2020, during the free distribution of 200,000 pounds of potatoes provided by the Washington State Potato Commission in Tacoma, Wash. Most of the potatoes were donated by farmers across the state who have not been able to sell to their regular restaurant customers due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Inslee deploys National Guard to assist hospitals, testing

Members of the Washington National Guard toss a bag of potatoes as they load a waiting car, Thursday, May 14, 2020, during the free distribution of 200,000 pounds of potatoes provided by the Washington State Potato Commission in Tacoma, Wash. Most of the potatoes were donated by farmers across the state who have not been able to sell to their regular restaurant customers due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ted S.

January 13, 2022, 3:05pm Health

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state to set up testing sites and to assist in non-medical tasks amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Read story