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Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Oct. 31
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the order will end nearly three years after he first issued it.
Judge dismisses GOP lawmakers’ challenge of House vax rule
Rep. Robert Sutherland and five colleagues fought a requirement barring access to the House floor unless vaccinated
Inslee changes end of mask mandate to March 12
King County’s indoor mandate will end at the same time.
Governor: Masks can come off March 21 in most public settings
They’ll still be required in some places, but Washington is following several other states now lifting mandates.
Inslee: Mask mandate is going away, but not quite yet
Governor said he’ll say exactly when next week. Meanwhile, a pause on elective surgeries will end Feb. 17.
Surgeries paused, National Guard deployed to assist hospitals
King County health officials say 1 in 7 ICU and acute-care hospital beds are occupied by a COVID patient.
Rather than get vaccine, nearly 1,900 state workers lose jobs
Exactly how many people will be out of work for ignoring Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate isn’t known yet. But it became a lot clearer… Continue reading
Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%
A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.
Masks required at big outdoor events; vaccine mandates expanded
Governor’s mask order takes effect Sept. 13.
State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate
An agreement between the state and their union also provides for some leeway in meeting the deadline.
Governor reinstates indoor mask rule, whether you’re vaxed or not
Inslee also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.
Governor will require state employees to get COVID vaccine
Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.
Editorial: Lifting restrictions doen’t mean pandemic is over
We have work to do to increase the number of vaccinations.
Governor lifts restrictions, but health officials warn the pandemic is not over
As of June 30, bar-goers are able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and diners can sit at restaurant tables that have long been vacant to reduce capacity… Continue reading
Governor extends some protections for Washington renters
Under a new order, landlords can only evict a tenant if they refuse to seek help through a relief program.
As vax rates ease in WA, here come the prizes — including $1 million
Incentives range from big cash drawings to sports tickets and tuition. Drawings start next week.
Washington no longer on pace to beat June 30 vaccine goal
Reaching 70% of adults with at least one shot would trigger the state to drop most COVID-19 restrictions.
Editorial: Parents have decision to make on vaccinating kids
With one vaccine now approved for kids 12 and older, parents shouldn’t wait for a school requirement.
Inslee sets June 30 target for Washington to fully reopen
Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places, the federal CDC said.
Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine
Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.