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Free N95 masks coming to Washington pharmacies and grocery stores

January 28, 2022, 7:50am Health

Free N95 masks will soon be available at multiple pharmacies and grocery stores in Washington, with some locations already offering masks as early as Thursday. Read story

Sen. Annette Cleveland bill seeks hazard pay for health care workers

January 27, 2022, 5:10pm Clark County Health

With hospitals and medical providers reporting continuing staff shortages, state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, has proposed legislation to give hazard pay retention bonuses to some health care workers. Read story

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Clark County reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths, a record number

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January 27, 2022, 2:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 28 new deaths due to COVID-19 this week, the most reported in a seven-day period since the pandemic began. Read story

A bill in the Washington Legislature would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly display a fraudulent proof of vaccination, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. It would also make it a class C felony to knowingly sell fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Having a fake COVID vaccine card could become a crime in Washington, if bill passes Legislature

A bill in the Washington Legislature would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly display a fraudulent proof of vaccination, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. It would also make it a class C felony to knowingly sell fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

January 25, 2022, 9:00am Latest News

Possessing a fake COVID-19 vaccination card may soon be a crime. Read story

From left: Willie Hurst and Katelyn Benhoff, outreach case managers with Share, speak with Mitch and Patrick S., who declined to provide their last names, on Jan. 24, 2019, while performing the annual Point in Time count, a census of the homeless population.

Clark County Point in Time count, resource fair delayed due to virus

From left: Willie Hurst and Katelyn Benhoff, outreach case managers with Share, speak with Mitch and Patrick S., who declined to provide their last names, on Jan. 24, 2019, while performing the annual Point in Time count, a census of the homeless population.

January 24, 2022, 5:24pm Churches & Religion

The Council for the Homeless’ annual Project Homeless Connect and the national Point in Time count have been rescheduled for Feb. 24 due to surging omicron outbreaks in Clark County. Read story

People hold placards as they attend a protest against vaccine passports Saturday in London.

Vaccines protested in European capitals

People hold placards as they attend a protest against vaccine passports Saturday in London.

January 22, 2022, 3:34pm Nation & World

Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements that governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

Omicron COVID-19 variant straining Clark County hospitals

The PeaceHeath Southwest Medical Center emergency room.

January 22, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is rampant in Clark County. Read story

Washington launches site for free at-home COVID-19 tests

January 21, 2022, 12:14pm Health

Washington launched a new state portal Friday for residents to order free at-home COVID-tests, but health officials are urging patience since the state has only been able to acquire a portion of the 3.5 million tests that will be ultimately be made available. Read story

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where a man with the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States is being treated on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Everett, Wash. A U.S. resident who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus. Health officials said Tuesday that the man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began.

Washington confirmed the country’s first COVID patient 2 years ago. What have we learned?

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where a man with the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States is being treated on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Everett, Wash. A U.S. resident who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus. Health officials said Tuesday that the man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began.

January 21, 2022, 7:34am Health

Infectious diseases were all Everett physician Dr. George Diaz had ever wanted to study. Read story

COVID-19 cases continue to rise among students and teachers in districts around Clark County.

COVID keeps rising in Clark County schools

COVID-19 cases continue to rise among students and teachers in districts around Clark County.

January 19, 2022, 7:26pm Clark County Health

Reported COVID-19 cases in Clark County schools are continuing to rise dramatically, following last week’s trend. Read story