Coronavirus

State workers seek exemptions to Washington vaccine mandate

Leo CorreaFILE – In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, a health worker administers a dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson in the Medina neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal. The World Health Organization and partners said on Tuesday, Sept. 14 they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines they need by February, badly…

Washington state records over 7,000 deaths from COVID-19

Ted S. WarrenFILE – In this Friday, April 17, 2020 file photo, a health worker arrives to take a nose swab sample as part of testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. With COVID-19 on the rise again and many nursing home staffers unvaccinated, families still lack easy access to crucial Medicare immunization data…

POLL: Do you think we'll see another spike in Covid cases like last winter?

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Travel clinic offers free vaccinations in Pasco

PASCO, Wash. — Medical Teams International is running free vaccination clinics around Pasco this week. The first clinic is Tuesday, Sept. 14, running until 7 p.m. at the Old Boys and Girls Club, 333 Court Street. "Our team is coming…

Tri-Cities: 668 new COVID cases, high case rate

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-Cities area tallied 668 new COVID-19 cases in the last three days, one of the highest-ever local three-day counts, the Benton-Franklin Health District reports. Benton County's 434 new cases pushed the county to another milestone: 25,000…

FDA experts among group opposing US booster shot plan

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.

80% of Oregon's new COVID cases are among unvaccinated

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon and clog the medical system, state health officials say that the rate of coronavirus in unvaccinated people is currently five times higher than in those who are vaccinated. A report released by the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday shows more than 80% of COVID-19 cases last week were among unvaccinated people. Breakthrough cases — fully vaccinated people who test positive for the coronavirus — accounted for about 20% of last weeks cases. Oregon is in the midst of its worst COVID-19 surge since the start of the pandemic — which health officials say is fueled by unvaccinated people and the highly transmissible delta variant. 

Tri-Cities region loses 400th community member to COVID-19

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Public health officials for the bi-county region that encompasses the Tri-Cities have announced 11 more community deaths to COVID-19 complications. This brings the region past 400 community members lost to the virus during the pandemic. According to…

‘This is not leadership’: Idaho exploring legal action to stop Pres. Biden’s vaccine mandate

Darin OswaldFILE – In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little gestures during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Gov. Little has issued an executive order repealing a mask-mandate prohibition put in place while he was out of the state by the lieutenant governor, describing her actions as a tyrannical abuse of power and…