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President Joe Biden speaks during a tour of the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Arvanda, Colo.

Biden, CEOs, biz leaders meet on COVID-19 vaccine mandates

President Joe Biden speaks during a tour of the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Arvanda, Colo.

September 15, 2021, 9:54am Business

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders leaders to discuss his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies that employ at least 100 people. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S.

State workers seek exemptions to Washington vaccine mandate

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S.

September 14, 2021, 2:18pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — More than 4,300 state workers are seeking an exemption to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, about 7% of the approximately 60,000 employees subject to the requirement. Read story

Cowlitz County Coroner set to receive refrigerated trailer Wednesday; COVID cases decrease

September 14, 2021, 12:23pm Latest News

Longview — Cowlitz County’s newly purchased refrigeration trailer is set to arrive Wednesday to increase the morgue’s cold storage, which remains above capacity as of Monday, according to the coroner’s office. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's case for sweeping new vaccination requirements.

COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out months of progress

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's case for sweeping new vaccination requirements.

September 14, 2021, 11:42am Health

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements. Read story

Coeur d’Alene School Board opts against mask mandate despite hospital crisis

September 14, 2021, 9:49am Northwest

Spokane — A divided Coeur d’Alene School Board opted against requiring students to wear face coverings despite an onslaught of COVID-19 cases in North Idaho that is forcing hospitals to ration care. Read story

Washington hospital execs say there is little capacity to help Idaho

September 13, 2021, 4:58pm Health

SEATTLE — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Read story

FILE - Francesca Anacleto, 12, receives her first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot from nurse Jorge Tase, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. In most states, minors need the consent of their parents in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Navigating family politics in cases of differing views has been a challenge for students and organizers of outreach campaigns, who have faced blowback for directly targeting young people.

School vaccine campaigns targeting students face blowback

FILE - Francesca Anacleto, 12, receives her first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot from nurse Jorge Tase, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. In most states, minors need the consent of their parents in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Navigating family politics in cases of differing views has been a challenge for students and organizers of outreach campaigns, who have faced blowback for directly targeting young people.

September 13, 2021, 11:49am Latest News

Santa Fe, N.M. — Fearing his parents wouldn’t approve of his decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine but needing their signature, Andrew signed up for the appointment in secret, and then sprang it on them at the last minute. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet -- an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C.

FDA experts among group opposing U.S. booster shot plan

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif.  An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet -- an opinion that highlights the intense scientific divide over the question. (AP Photo/Jae C.

September 13, 2021, 10:06am Health

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal. Read story

A "Welcome Back to School" hangs on a fence at Brooklyn's PS 245 elementary school as children arrive for the first day of class, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. Classroom doors are swinging open for about a million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

School starts for 1 million NYC kids amid new vaccine rules

A "Welcome Back to School" hangs on a fence at Brooklyn's PS 245 elementary school as children arrive for the first day of class, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. Classroom doors are swinging open for about a million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

September 13, 2021, 10:06am Nation & World

NEW YORK — School started Monday for about a million New York City public school students in the nation’s largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

Vancouver resident Dennis Marlowe gets his second vaccination dose from Safeway pharmacist Kristen Morin at the Tower Mall vaccination site in Vancouver on April 5. Vaccinations are available without an appointment at the site, which will close June 29.

Study: Vaccination offers significant protection

Vancouver resident Dennis Marlowe gets his second vaccination dose from Safeway pharmacist Kristen Morin at the Tower Mall vaccination site in Vancouver on April 5. Vaccinations are available without an appointment at the site, which will close June 29.

September 11, 2021, 2:38pm Clark County Health

A new report analyzing vaccination status of Southwest Washington residents hospitalized for COVID-19 shows that vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization by as much as 90 percent. Read story