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Pandemic, politics drive mass exodus of Washington public health leaders

August 16, 2021, 6:02am Health

Erika Lautenbach likes to joke that she has the worst job in Whatcom County. Read story

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff.

Pac-12 says COVID-19 issues can result in forfeits in 2021

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff.

August 12, 2021, 3:03pm College

Pac-12 teams that cannot play because of COVID-19 issues will likely be forced to forfeit games this season. Read story

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Clark County reports 964 COVID cases, 4 deaths

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August 12, 2021, 1:35pm Clark County Health

Clark County Public Health reported 964 new cases of novel coronavirus on Thursday afternoon — an increase of more than 50 percent over last week.  Read story

Medical assistant Melanie Zamudio is reflected in the window of a car as she reaches in to take a nasal swab from a driver at a drive-up coronavirus testing site in April 2020 in Seattle.

Fueled by delta variant, Washington hits 500,000 coronavirus cases

Medical assistant Melanie Zamudio is reflected in the window of a car as she reaches in to take a nasal swab from a driver at a drive-up coronavirus testing site in April 2020 in Seattle.

August 12, 2021, 7:45am Health

The number of coronavirus cases in Washington state has surpassed 500,000, with a new surge in cases fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant. Read story

FILE - In this April 1, 2021, file photo May Nast arrives for dinner at RiverWalk, an independent senior housing facility, in New York.

Nursing home overhaul bill would boost staffing, oversight

FILE - In this April 1, 2021, file photo May Nast arrives for dinner at RiverWalk, an independent senior housing facility, in New York.

August 11, 2021, 7:47pm Newsletter

WASHINGTON — Responding to the ravages of COVID-19 in nursing homes, senior Democratic senators Tuesday introduced legislation to increase nurse staffing, improve infection control and bolster inspections. Read story

Ridgefield’s Presley McCaskill adjusts her mask during a timeout on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield won 25-20, 25-9, 25-12 over Mark Morris in its first volleyball match since winning the 2A State Championship in fall 2019.

State department of health says prep athletes don’t have to wear masks during competition

Ridgefield’s Presley McCaskill adjusts her mask during a timeout on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield won 25-20, 25-9, 25-12 over Mark Morris in its first volleyball match since winning the 2A State Championship in fall 2019.

August 11, 2021, 5:59pm Latest News

Mask wearing will not be required for fall sports competitors in high school sports, according to updated health guidelines released Wednesday by the Washington State Department of Health. Read story

FILE - In this April 11, 2021, file photo, residents wearing masks walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Ore.

COVID: Oregon issues mask mandate, warns of hospital surge

FILE - In this April 11, 2021, file photo, residents wearing masks walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Ore.

August 11, 2021, 1:41pm Latest News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced a statewide indoor mask requirement due to the spike in coronavirus hospitalizations and cases, warning that the state's health care system could be overwhelmed. Read story

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbingly high numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.

CDC urges COVID vaccines during pregnancy as delta surges

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbingly high numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.

August 11, 2021, 10:15am Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged all pregnant women Wednesday to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hot spots around the U.S. see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus. Read story

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state.

Oregon requires masks indoors, vaccines for state employees

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state.

August 10, 2021, 3:49pm Health

PORTLAND — As Oregon surpassed its COVID-19 hospitalization record on Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown announced that she is issuing two new coronavirus-related mandates — a vaccination requirement for state employees and statewide indoor mask requirements. Read story

Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Ruth Gorley gives Vancouver resident Ryan Tydingco a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine May 8 at Clark County Public Health's short-term vaccination pod at Woodland High School. After an early rush of people, the flow had slowed down by the late morning for the drop-in vaccination event.

Clark County virus data shows who is getting sick

Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Ruth Gorley gives Vancouver resident Ryan Tydingco a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine May 8 at Clark County Public Health's short-term vaccination pod at Woodland High School. After an early rush of people, the flow had slowed down by the late morning for the drop-in vaccination event.

August 9, 2021, 6:48pm Clark County Health

Who’s seriously ill with COVID-19 in Clark County? Read story