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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, hand sanitizer, wipes, and surgical masks rest on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley. Washington State authorities said Thursday, May 13, 2021, all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks as a COVID-19 mitigation effort. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington schools to open full time in fall, masks required

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, hand sanitizer, wipes, and surgical masks rest on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley. Washington State authorities said Thursday, May 13, 2021, all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks as a COVID-19 mitigation effort. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 13, 2021, 2:39pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington authorities said Thursday all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks. Read story

President Joe Biden claps with Vice President Kamala Harris after speaking on updated guidance on face mask mandates and COVID-19 response, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington.

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

President Joe Biden claps with Vice President Kamala Harris after speaking on updated guidance on face mask mandates and COVID-19 response, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington.

May 13, 2021, 2:00pm Health

WASHINGTON — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. Read story

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Clark County reports 37 new COVID-19 cases as disease activity declines

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May 13, 2021, 1:14pm Clark County Health

Clark County added 37 new COVID-19 cases to its total and no new deaths Thursday as disease activity continues to decline in the region. Read story

Jane Ellen Norman, 12, holds vaccination cards for her and her 14-year-old brother Owen outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The two were vaccinated Tuesday morning, after U.S. regulators expanded use of Pfizer's COVID-19 shot to those as young as 12.

COVID-19 vaccine available to Clark County 12- to 15-year-olds

Jane Ellen Norman, 12, holds vaccination cards for her and her 14-year-old brother Owen outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The two were vaccinated Tuesday morning, after U.S. regulators expanded use of Pfizer's COVID-19 shot to those as young as 12.

May 13, 2021, 10:46am Clark County Health

Clark County vaccination locations have begun offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 12 to 15 after an independent committee of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Wednesday and voted to recommend the vaccine for children. Read story

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Seattle. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 10, 2021, expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S.

When can 12- to 15-year-olds get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Washington?

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in Seattle. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 10, 2021, expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 13, 2021, 7:45am Health

Young Washingtonians forced to live portions of their formative years in front of computer screens rather than in school hallways could soon have license to new freedoms. Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center honors caregivers, patients

May 13, 2021, 6:02am Clark County Health

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center caregivers will create a luminary lighting display tonight to honor health care workers who have served patients throughout the pandemic, along with patients who have died from COVID-19. Read story

Haeng Chong, who's owned Fourth Plain One Hour Dry Cleaning for 40 years with his wife, pauses for a portrait Wednesday, May 12. Last year, Chong's business received $16,000 through a small business grant program that just reopened for a third time. Applications are due May 19.

Grants help small businesses in Fourth Plain corridor survive COVID-19

Haeng Chong, who's owned Fourth Plain One Hour Dry Cleaning for 40 years with his wife, pauses for a portrait Wednesday, May 12. Last year, Chong's business received $16,000 through a small business grant program that just reopened for a third time. Applications are due May 19.

May 13, 2021, 6:01am Business

In the 40 years that Haeng Chong has owned his Vancouver dry cleaning business, he’s never seen demand drop like this. Read story

Clark County Board of Health mulls vaccine incentives

May 12, 2021, 5:21pm Business

As COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Clark County and the United States begins to dwindle, most of the Clark County Board of Health is supportive of any incentives offered locally to help encourage vaccination. Read story

Kindergartner Emily Christel, foreground, joins classmates during in-person learning at Eisenhower Elementary School on Monday, the first day of expanded in-person instruction at Clark County's second-largest district.

State asks K-12 schools to plan for return to full-time, in-person in the fall

Kindergartner Emily Christel, foreground, joins classmates during in-person learning at Eisenhower Elementary School on Monday, the first day of expanded in-person instruction at Clark County's second-largest district.

May 12, 2021, 2:09pm Latest News

The Washington State Department of Health is asking public and private K-12 schools in the state to plan for a full-time return to in-person learning for the next school year, public health officials said during a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday. Read story

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Clark County reports 92 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

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May 12, 2021, 1:26pm Clark County Health

Clark County reported 92 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Wednesday as disease activity appears to be holding steady or even declining slightly. Read story