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Discovery Middle School is seen in the snow as winter weather closes Vancouver area schools Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, 2018.

Vancouver schools COVID-19 test sites plan on hold

Discovery Middle School is seen in the snow as winter weather closes Vancouver area schools Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, 2018.

December 1, 2021, 6:06am Clark County Health

Editor's Note: Vancouver Public Schools said Wednesday morning that a press release about testing sites was sent prematurely and plans for COVID-19 testing sites are on hold for now. Until a vetted partnership is established, the district will continue offering free optional testing at the Jim Parsley Center for current… Read story

Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lisa Nazareno leads students as they practice their letters and numbers  (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Clark County school districts dip into federal funds to offset pandemic costs

Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten teacher Lisa Nazareno leads students as they practice their letters and numbers  (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

November 30, 2021, 6:33pm Clark County News

Clark County’s three largest school districts received the third batch of federal relief money to alleviate financial and staffing pressure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in Washington

November 30, 2021, 3:38pm Editor's Choice

Washington has started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that can be used to access businesses and other places where vaccine proof is required. Read story

People wear face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the public transport station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. According to local authorities wearing face masks mandatory in public transport and passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative of the coronavirus.

Omicron variant may have reached Europe earlier than thought

People wear face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the public transport station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. According to local authorities wearing face masks mandatory in public transport and passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative of the coronavirus.

November 30, 2021, 8:31am Health

New findings about the coronavirus’s omicron variant made it clear Tuesday that the emerging threat slipped into countries before their defenses were up, as two distant nations announced their first cases and a third reported its presence before South African officials sounded the alarm. Read story

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa -- where omicron was first identified -- are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

University of Washington scientist weighs in on spread of new omicron COVID variant

As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa -- where omicron was first identified -- are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

November 29, 2021, 7:42am Health

While the world’s newest coronavirus variant of concern, named omicron, hasn’t yet been detected in Washington state or the United States, a UW scientist said Friday that its high number of mutations is particularly concerning. Read story

People wait to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks.

New omicron variant stokes world fears, triggers travel bans

People wait to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks.

November 26, 2021, 11:08am Health

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets plunged and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. Read story

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Clark County reports 12 new COVID-19 deaths, slight uptick in case rate

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November 25, 2021, 10:32am Clark County Health

Clark County reported 719 new COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Wednesday, showing a slight uptick in disease activity compared with last week. Read story

As winter approaches, health officials likely won’t lift pandemic-related restrictions anytime soon

November 19, 2021, 8:47am Health

State health officials won’t be lifting pandemic-related mandates anytime soon, but Gov. Jay Inslee hinted Thursday at what the end might look like. Read story

Clark County accepting COVID-related rent aid referrals

November 17, 2021, 6:01am Clark County News

Clark County will accept 400 referrals for its eviction prevention rent assistance program at noon today. The programs provide rental help to low-income individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

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Clark County reports nine new COVID-19 deaths as case rate begins to fall

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November 10, 2021, 5:04pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 846 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths over six days in an abbreviated report Wednesday from Clark County Public Health. Case totals remain plateaued at a high rate. Read story