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Washington hospitals hoping to avoid crisis standards of care

January 19, 2022, 7:41am Health

Despite the repetitive nature of things being “unprecedented” for hospitals and the health care system during a nearly two-year long pandemic, many hospital and health care administrators statewide are especially concerned about the next few weeks. Read story

President Joe Biden, accompanied by FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell, 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.

Website for free virus tests is here. How does it work?

President Joe Biden, accompanied by FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell, 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 18, 2022, 2:37pm Health

Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden’s administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits officially launches Wednesday — but was available to use Tuesday —… Read story

A worker at a drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Puyallup puts a nose swab into a tube of liquid. People who think they may have COVID-19 are urged to visit testing sites, not emergency rooms, to get a test. (Ted S.

Clark County health officials offer guidelines for what to do if you think you have omicron

A worker at a drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Puyallup puts a nose swab into a tube of liquid. People who think they may have COVID-19 are urged to visit testing sites, not emergency rooms, to get a test. (Ted S.

January 15, 2022, 6:09am Clark County Health

Clark County hospitals are slammed with people testing positive for COVID-19, and public health officials worry that they will soon be overwhelmed. 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

Josef Triman, a senior defensive back at Pacific Lutheran, waits in line to take a three-times-a-week COVID-19 test Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. Like the big programs that played in the fall, testing, distancing and protective equipment have topped the priority list in trying to pull off a season. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington logs 1 million coronavirus cases

Josef Triman, a senior defensive back at Pacific Lutheran, waits in line to take a three-times-a-week COVID-19 test Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tacoma, Wash. Like the big programs that played in the fall, testing, distancing and protective equipment have topped the priority list in trying to pull off a season. (AP Photo/Ted S.

January 13, 2022, 7:30am Health

The number of coronavirus cases in Washington state has surpassed 1 million, with a new surge in cases largely driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Read story

Congressional candidate Joe Kent: "Our nation right now is under attack from the left," he said.

Protesters descend on Washington Board of Health after misinformation about vaccine plans goes viral

Congressional candidate Joe Kent: "Our nation right now is under attack from the left," he said.

January 12, 2022, 8:10pm Clark County Health

Late last week, disturbing rumors started to fly on social media. Read story

A school bus passes a speed limit sign near the intersection of Northeast 18th Street and 172nd Avenue on Friday afternoon.

COVID-19 cases soar in Clark County schools

A school bus passes a speed limit sign near the intersection of Northeast 18th Street and 172nd Avenue on Friday afternoon.

January 12, 2022, 5:24pm Clark County Health

Reported COVID-19 cases in Clark County school districts have rapidly increased since students and staff returned from winter break last week. Read story

Eileen Quiring O'Brien (The Columbian files)

Clark County Council wrestles with COVID, new mapsvideo icon

Eileen Quiring O'Brien (The Columbian files)

January 12, 2022, 4:00pm Clark County Health

County Councilor Gary Medvigy’s calls for better civility and collaboration among council members fell on deaf ears Wednesday as the Clark County Board of Health met to discuss the ongoing pandemic. Read story