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Moderna announces step toward updating COVID shots for fall

April 19, 2022, 7:32am Business

Moderna hopes to offer updated COVID-19 boosters in the fall that combine its original vaccine with protection against the omicron variant. On Tuesday, it reported a preliminary hint that such an approach might work. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, hospitalizations hold steady

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April 14, 2022, 2:43pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s reported COVID-19 activity rate rose slightly this week as disease activity and new hospitalizations continue to plateau. Read story

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Delano Union School District Student Support Services in partnership with the California Farmworkers Foundation in the Central Valley on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Delano, CA.

Washington Board of Health opts against COVID-19 school vaccine requirement

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Delano Union School District Student Support Services in partnership with the California Farmworkers Foundation in the Central Valley on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Delano, CA.

April 13, 2022, 3:20pm Editor's Choice

The Washington state Board of Health has decided that COVID-19 vaccines will not be required for students to attend K-12 schools this fall. Read story

David Lawyer visits the grave of his father, Neil Lawyer, for the first time since the inscription went up on his tombstone in Seattle, Sunday, March 20, 2022. In February 2020, an unfamiliar respiratory illness started spreading through an area nursing home, the Life Care Center of Kirkland. Lawyer, 84, was a short-term patient there and had joined other residents for a belated Mardi Gras party. Days later Lawyer and others fell ill. "By the time he got to the hospital they allowed us to put on these space suits and go in and see him," son David Lawyer says.

A million empty spaces: Chronicling COVID’s ruthless U.S. toll

David Lawyer visits the grave of his father, Neil Lawyer, for the first time since the inscription went up on his tombstone in Seattle, Sunday, March 20, 2022. In February 2020, an unfamiliar respiratory illness started spreading through an area nursing home, the Life Care Center of Kirkland. Lawyer, 84, was a short-term patient there and had joined other residents for a belated Mardi Gras party. Days later Lawyer and others fell ill. "By the time he got to the hospital they allowed us to put on these space suits and go in and see him," son David Lawyer says.

April 13, 2022, 8:42am Health

On the deadliest day of a horrific week in April 2020, COVID took the lives of 816 people in New York City alone. Lost in the blizzard of pandemic data that’s been swirling ever since is the fact that 43-year-old Fernando Morales was one of them. Read story

FILE - Medical staff prepare to move the body of a deceased COVID-19 patient to a funeral home van at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April 2022 confirms that 2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history.

COVID-19, overdoses pushed U.S. to highest death total ever

FILE - Medical staff prepare to move the body of a deceased COVID-19 patient to a funeral home van at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April 2022 confirms that 2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history.

April 12, 2022, 10:22am Health

2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad. Read story

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