Abrupt federal shift on coronavirus vaccinations catches Washington state by surprise

Six days after state health officials unveiled careful plans for the next stages of prioritized coronavirus vaccination, the Trump administration asked governors nationwide to scrap much of that work and rapidly expand eligibility to receive doses. Alex Azar, the federal secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), called for governors to allow vaccination of anyone […]

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Coronavirus daily news updates, January 3: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

The United States has surpassed a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths and 20.4 million cases of the virus. In Southern California, funeral homes say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up. The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated. […]

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First flight from U.K., where coronavirus variant is spreading, lands at Sea-Tac

The first flight from the United Kingdom to arrive in Washington state after Gov. Jay Inslee announced quarantine requirements on travelers from countries with a new, more transmissible coronavirus variant, landed Wednesday. The British Airways flight from London landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport carrying about 80 passengers. They are all required to quarantine for 14 […]

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COVID-19 ripped through communities east of the Cascades, killing people at twice the rate of Western Washington

SOAP LAKE, Grant County — For months, McKay Healthcare & Rehab staff kept its elderly residents safe from COVID-19. But in late October, the virus slipped into the center’s 8-decade-old building. By mid-December, 15 of the 31 residents had died from the disease. In the struggle to fight the virus, some staff members worked 24-hour […]

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Seattle to open 2 new coronavirus testing sites Saturday in Northgate, Central District

Two new self-administered, oral coronavirus testing sites will open to Seattleites in Northgate and the Central District this weekend, adding more than 1,000 tests to the city’s daily capacity, city officials announced Friday. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins confirmed the new sites during a news conference last month. The testing […]

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Health workers, long-term care residents should get first doses of coronavirus vaccine, federal panel recommends

Health care workers on the frontlines against the coronavirus and residents of long-term care facilities should get the first doses of vaccines, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee decided Tuesday. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) decision — which received 13 votes of approval and one against — will help […]

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