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COVID-19 cases hit plateau in Clark County schools

March 24, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

Clark County school districts are reporting 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, a slight uptick from 51 cases last week. Weekly virus cases in schools had previously been experiencing a pattern of steep decline since late January. Read story

COVID-19 outbreak ends at Larch Corrections Center

March 24, 2022, 6:01am Clark County Health

For the first time since early February, the Washington Department of Corrections reported no active COVID-19 cases at Larch Corrections Center, according to a Wednesday bulletin. 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.

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shots work for kids younger than 6

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 23, 2022, 12:15pm Health

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine works in babies, toddlers and preschoolers, the company announced Wednesday -- and if regulators agree it could mean a chance to finally start vaccinating the littlest kids by summer. Read story

Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest looks across the room 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.

Omicron subvariant found in 25 percent of cases tested at UW lab

Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest looks across the room 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.

March 23, 2022, 7:25am Health

Health officials say the subvariant of omicron known as BA.2 accounts for about one-fourth of COVID-19 cases sequenced in Washington. Read story

A lone pedestrian strolls through an empty campus at Washington State University Vancouver in late March.

Advisers at Clark County high schools say students exhausted by remote learning, pandemic disruptions

A lone pedestrian strolls through an empty campus at Washington State University Vancouver in late March.

March 23, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

With just a few months until high school graduation, advisers and career counselors are growing concerned about what lies ahead for the class of 2022. Read story

Months after COVID-19 infection, patients coping with long-term symptoms

March 20, 2022, 6:05am Health

Seven months after Karilynn tested positive for COVID-19, she still is on oxygen. Read story

COVID-19 cases still declining in Clark County schools

March 17, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Health

Clark County school districts are reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, continuing a pattern of decline since late January. Last week, schools reported 77 new cases of the virus. Read story

FILE - Workers from a Servpro disaster recovery team wearing protective suits and respirators enter the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., to begin cleaning and disinfecting the facility, March 11, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home was at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Two years later, COVID still creates questions

FILE - Workers from a Servpro disaster recovery team wearing protective suits and respirators enter the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., to begin cleaning and disinfecting the facility, March 11, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home was at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S.

March 12, 2022, 4:19pm Health

The conversations went like this: It will be just a few days. It can be kept at bay. There will be some inconvenience, sure, but the world will merely be paused — just a short break, out of an abundance of caution, and certainly not any kind of major grinding… Read story

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COVID cases continue to drop at Larch

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March 12, 2022, 6:20am Clark County Health

The Washington Department of Corrections on Friday reported eight active COVID-19 cases among incarcerated individuals at Larch Corrections Center. There were two active cases among staff members. Read story

In a photo provided by Multnomah County, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, center, leads the illuminated walk over the Hawthorne Bridge with Commissioners Lori Stegmann, left, Jessica Vega Pederson, second from right, and Susheela Jayapal, right, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Portland, Ore., during an event held two years after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Portland.

2 years into pandemic, world takes cautious steps forward

In a photo provided by Multnomah County, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, center, leads the illuminated walk over the Hawthorne Bridge with Commissioners Lori Stegmann, left, Jessica Vega Pederson, second from right, and Susheela Jayapal, right, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Portland, Ore., during an event held two years after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Portland.

March 11, 2022, 7:52am Health

With COVID-19 case numbers plummeting, Emily Safrin did something she hadn’t done since the pandemic began two years ago: She put her fears aside and went to a concert. Read story