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Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest fills out records while treating a COVID-19 patient 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.

Tracking COVID’s unequal, unpredictable toll across Washington

Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest fills out records while treating a COVID-19 patient 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.

April 12, 2022, 8:18am Health

For most of the pandemic, coronavirus surges followed a now-familiar pattern. Read story

FILE - Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" Broadway opening night at the Hudson Theatre on Monday, March 28, 2022, in New York.  Both Broderick and Parker have tested positive for COVID-19. The U.S. is getting a first glimpse of what it's like to experience COVID-19 outbreaks during this new phase of living with the virus, and the roster of the newly infected is studded with stars.

Outbreaks give taste of living with virus

FILE - Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" Broadway opening night at the Hudson Theatre on Monday, March 28, 2022, in New York.  Both Broderick and Parker have tested positive for COVID-19. The U.S. is getting a first glimpse of what it's like to experience COVID-19 outbreaks during this new phase of living with the virus, and the roster of the newly infected is studded with stars.

April 8, 2022, 8:02pm Health

The U.S. is getting a first glimpse of what it’s like to experience COVID-19 outbreaks during this new phase of living with the virus, and the roster of the newly infected is studded with stars. Read story

Oregon sues COVID test company, millions of dollars pocketed

April 7, 2022, 4:02pm Health

The state of Oregon sued an Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company on Thursday, saying its owners took millions of dollars in federal funds and insurance money for themselves and boasted about buying a mansion and expensive sports cars. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate drops slightly, at low for 2022

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April 7, 2022, 2:29pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s reported COVID-19 activity rate dropped slightly this week as the epidemiological curve continues to plateau. Read story

Workers exit a large tent set up in front of the emergency room at EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In the area that has led the country in COVID-19 coronavirus cases and also across the country, hospitals are gearing up for an onslaught of coronavirus patients, but staff on the front lines are stretched thin and don't have the equipment they need to protect themselves from the highly contagious virus. (AP Photo/Ted S.

New glimpse into Washington’s earliest COVID deaths — and why we may never have a complete record

Workers exit a large tent set up in front of the emergency room at EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In the area that has led the country in COVID-19 coronavirus cases and also across the country, hospitals are gearing up for an onslaught of coronavirus patients, but staff on the front lines are stretched thin and don't have the equipment they need to protect themselves from the highly contagious virus. (AP Photo/Ted S.

April 6, 2022, 7:43am Health

On the Saturday afternoon of Feb. 29, 2020, reporters joined local and state health officials, packing into a room for a news conference in downtown Seattle. Details were shared about what appeared to be the first COVID-19 death in the nation just the day before. Read story

COVID-19 cases dip in Clark County schools

April 1, 2022, 6:01am Clark County Health

Clark County school districts are reporting 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a slight decrease from the 53 cases last week. Weekly virus cases in schools are now experiencing a plateau in recent weeks after a monthslong pattern of steep decline began following the omicron surge in… Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate hits plateau

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March 31, 2022, 2:57pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported that its COVID-19 activity rate plateaued this week, meaning the precipitous drop in cases that began in February has ended. The rate of new hospitalizations continued to decrease this week, however. Read story

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Clark County vaccine supply good as second COVID booster OK’d

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The company announced early findings from a study of children younger than 6 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

March 30, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 vaccine recommendations to align with the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of a second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — for certain groups at higher risk of severe illness. Read story

Contagious omicron subvariant in Oregon

March 24, 2022, 4:19pm Health

An extra-contagious version of the omicron variant that is fueling COVID-19 surges in parts of Europe and Asia has been found in the wastewater of some Oregon communities. Read story

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Clark County reports drop in COVID-19 activity rate, hospitalizations, deaths

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March 24, 2022, 3:48pm Clark County Health

Clark Country reported yet another drop in its COVID-19 activity rate and hospitalizations this week, as well as the fewest number of deaths since the week of Sept. 2. Read story