Inslee announces reauthorization of Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday announced that the Western States Workgroup that includes Washington state has authorized resuming the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement comes after the FDA and CDC also authorized the restart of the J&J COVID vaccine. The Western States Workgroup, comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada,…

County taskforce to open mass vaccination site at Ash Way Park & Ride April 21

A new mass vaccination site is scheduled to open Wednesday, April 21, at the Ash Way Park & Ride, just off the 164th Street Southwest exit in South Snohomish County. This is the seventh mass vaccination site in the county operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce. It is located at 16327 Ash Way, Lynnwood….

Coronavirus Chronicles: Edmonds singer pivots around COVID  

Dinner and a show are back on the menu, according to Edmonds resident Elizabeth Galafa, who is doing her best to return to a normal life after a year when singing on a public stage has been difficult if not impossible. Now, as things are beginning to open up, the singer is eager to show…

Everyone 16 and older in Washington state now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

As of April 15, everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one in Washington. The eligibility expansion marks the four-month anniversary of vaccine rollout in the state. Since mid-December, nearly 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the state. More than 2.67 million people have received at least…

COVID-19 briefing: Snohomish County pauses adminstration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

During the weekly Snohomish County briefing on COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters announced Tuesday that effective immediately, the county is “putting a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.” The rationale, he said, comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration…

FEMA offering financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses

If you have lost a loved one to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for coronavirus-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 202. The funds are provided under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To apply,…

Scene in Edmonds: Waterfront Center hosts drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic

The cold, wind and Northwest drizzle could not keep them away. The cars lined up like clockwork at their scheduled time to get their Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine through the window of their car, administered by the able team from South County Fire & Rescue. We were aiming for 50 vaccines, but we delivered…

South County Fire offering COVID-19 vaccines in Lynnwood April 8

South County Fire, under the direction of the Snohomish Health District, will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Northwest Life Church, 6510 188th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Registration is required here. The vaccine is the Johnson and Johnson single-dose, and it’s free with no insurance information needed. Those eligible include seniors…

Inslee announces vaccine eligibility expansion to all adults April 15

Responding to a recent surge in coronavirus cases statewide, Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Over the past four months, since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system —…

SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount…

State to launch new round of Working Washington small business grants March 29

The Washington State Department of Commerce will open applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com. This is the fourth round of the Working Washington grant program. Legislators approved $240 million for the current round as…

Snohomish County COVID briefing: New cases at lowest level since early October

“We’re starting to see the horizon on this pandemic.” With those words, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Tuesday launched this week’s COVID update. Starting May 1, anyone in Snohomish County over 16 will be eligible for the vaccine. But Somers warned that we should not expect to enjoy “the regular rhythms of life for some…

State Senate resolution honors work of Washington Kids in Transition

The Washington State Senate last week honored the work that Washington Kids in Transition has done in local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resolution 8613 –co-sponsored by State Sens. Marko Liias of the 21st District and Jesse Salomon of the 32nd District — notes that Washington Kids in Transition (WAKIT) “has gone above and beyond…

Inslee announces extension of eviction moratorium, expansion of vaccine eligibility; long-term care visitations may resume

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 20, as well as upcoming vaccine eligibility expansion, including restaurant workers and Washingtonians 60 and older. He also announced that effective immediately, visitations at long-term care facilities and nursing homes may resume. In addition, the state Department of Health (DOH)…

Coronavirus Chronicles: Amid pandemic, local opioid overdoses accelerate

While COVID-19’s devastating toll has taken center stage over the past year, another health crisis has quietly raged on. Nationally, opioid overdoses have accelerated amid the pandemic’s daily life disruptions. In Washington state, overdose deaths increased by 38% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period the previous year, according to the…

South County Fire among county fire agencies participating in vaccination effort

South County Fire is among 23 Snohomish County fire agencies participating in the effort to vaccinate communities against COVID-19 through the county’s Vaccine Taskforce. Mass vaccination sites where Snohomish County fire agency staff are administering vaccine include the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe and Arlington Municipal Airport. Mobile vaccination units are also currently visiting adult…