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Clark County reports seven new COVID-19 deaths as disease activity continues to slowly decline

December 2, 2021, 11:57am Clark County Health

Clark County reported 681 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths Thursday as disease activity continues to decline. Read story

Health officials search for omicron variant in Washington, say it’s ‘not a time to panic’

December 2, 2021, 8:59am Health

As state researchers continue to search for the omicron variant of the coronavirus, prioritizing testing travelers, Washington health leaders are reminding the public not to panic. Read story

Vancouver Public Schools COVID test sites to open later than planned

December 2, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

Plans to launch COVID-19 testing sites next week at a handful of locations in Vancouver Public Schools have been put on hold, according to a Wednesday press release from the school district. Read story

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Washington.

Official: 1st U.S. case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified in California

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Washington.

December 1, 2021, 1:55pm Health

SAN FRANCISCO  — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous… Read story

FILE - Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a cooler before being thawed at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, Pfizer asked U.S. regulators to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.

Washington health officials urge not to wait for ‘perfect booster’ as Omicron threat looms

FILE - Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a cooler before being thawed at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, Pfizer asked U.S. regulators to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.

December 1, 2021, 1:51pm Health

TACOMA — As state Department of Health officials were giving their regular COVID briefing on Wednesday, news broke that the first case of the Omicron variant had been detected in California. Read story

Discovery Middle School is seen in the snow as winter weather closes Vancouver area schools Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, 2018.

Vancouver schools COVID-19 test sites plan on hold

Discovery Middle School is seen in the snow as winter weather closes Vancouver area schools Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, 2018.

December 1, 2021, 6:06am Clark County Health

Editor's Note: Vancouver Public Schools said Wednesday morning that a press release about testing sites was sent prematurely and plans for COVID-19 testing sites are on hold for now. Until a vetted partnership is established, the district will continue offering free optional testing at the Jim Parsley Center for current… Read story

Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lisa Nazareno leads students as they practice their letters and numbers  (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Clark County school districts dip into federal funds to offset pandemic costs

Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lisa Nazareno leads students as they practice their letters and numbers  (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

November 30, 2021, 6:33pm Clark County News

Clark County’s three largest school districts received the third batch of federal relief money to alleviate financial and staffing pressure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in Washington

November 30, 2021, 3:38pm Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — Washington has started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that can be used to access businesses and other places where vaccine proof is required. Read story

People wear face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the public transport station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. According to local authorities wearing face masks mandatory in public transport and passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative of the coronavirus.

Omicron variant may have reached Europe earlier than thought

People wear face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the public transport station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. According to local authorities wearing face masks mandatory in public transport and passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative of the coronavirus.

November 30, 2021, 8:31am Health

BRUSSELS — New findings about the coronavirus’s omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm. Read story

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa -- where omicron was first identified -- are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

University of Washington scientist weighs in on spread of new omicron COVID variant

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa -- where omicron was first identified -- are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

November 29, 2021, 7:42am Health

While the world’s newest coronavirus variant of concern, named omicron, hasn’t yet been detected in Washington state or the United States, a UW scientist said Friday that its high number of mutations is particularly concerning. Read story