Author: Associated Press

1,887 WA workers fired, leave jobs due to vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday. The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show…

September marks new peak of Oregon COVID-19 deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least 610 Oregonians died from COVID-19 complications in September, marking the highest fatality count of any month of the pandemic. The death tally increased Wednesday as the Oregon Health Authority announced 1,278 cases and 33…

Washington's COVID-19 cases down across all age groups

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health says COVID-19 cases are down across all age groups, including school-age children. The Seattle Times reports the encouraging trend, revealed Wednesday, comes several weeks after the state passed a peak of infection driven…

Lawsuits claiming 2020 ballots were manipulated come to WA

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Lawsuits have been filed in several western Washington counties claiming auditors used uncertified voting equipment and manipulated thousands of ballots in an unspecified statewide race last year. The Daily Herald reports the lawsuits in Snohomish, Whatcom and Clark…

Outdoor mask mandates begin in King, Pierce counties

SEATTLE (AP) — The two most populous counties in Washington state have begun outdoor mask mandates due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The directives began Tuesday in King and Pierce Counties, regardless of vaccination status, for people age 5…

Portland: City employees must get COVID-19 vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City employees in Portland, Oregon, must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — or obtain a medical or religious exemption — by the middle of October or they will be fired. “With COVID-19 filling hospitals and…

WA hospitals seeing more pregnant COVID patients

The coronavirus pandemic is filling hospitals at an “alarming” rate and continuing to strain health care workers, Washington state health officials said Monday. And for the first time during the pandemic, hospitals are also seeing large numbers of sick pregnant…

Experts: Oregon seems to be in 'perpetual drought'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say Oregon is becoming less resilient to drought as fewer seasons of abundant rain and snow prevent it from bouncing back from hot and dry conditions. The Capital Press reports that Larry O’Neill, state climatologist at Oregon…