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These Whatcom communities are doing better than others in CDC’s COVID risk level

Whatcom County returned to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “medium” community COVID-19 risk level, but for the first time in three months, no region within the county would receive a “high” rating.

After one week in the “low” range, Whatcom County’s rate of reported…

WHO: COVID-19 cases rise for the 5th week, deaths stable

he number of new coronavirus cases reported worldwide rose for the fifth week in a row while the number of deaths remained relatively stable, the World Health Organization reported Thursday.

In the U.N. health agency’s weekly review of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO said there were 5.7…

BA.5 makes up growing portion of COVID cases in WA, state data says

Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant continued to tear through Washington state in June, more than tripling its share of the state’s sequenced COVID-19 cases and contributing to high levels of infection in King County.

As of the week ending June 25, BA.5 constituted 37.3% of sequenced COVID cases,…

With COVID surging, Los Angeles may soon require masks

Nick Barragan is used to wearing a mask because his job in the Hollywood film industry has long required it. So he won’t be fazed if the county that’s home to Tinseltown soon becomes the first major population center this summer to reinstate rules requiring face coverings indoors because of…

Will Americans have the right COVID vaccine this fall?

In a few short months, the weather will turn crisp, the holiday season will draw near, and the coronavirus may embark on its third consecutive winter of death and devastation.

That prospect has federal regulators and their scientific advisers engaged in a high-stakes guessing game.…

US regulators OK new COVID-19 shot option from Novavax

The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice as the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared Novavax shots for adults.

Novavax makes a more traditional type of shot than the…

Whatcom County’s weekly reported new COVID cases tick up, as state reports 2 new deaths

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Whatcom County ticked up slightly for a second straight week, and the county had two more deaths linked to COVID.

Whatcom County now has had a total of 43,552 COVID cases reported during the pandemic, according to the Friday, July 8, report on…

All U.S. adults may soon get access to second booster shot

Biden administration officials are developing a plan to allow all adults to receive a second coronavirus booster shot, pending federal agency sign-offs, as the White House and health experts seek to blunt a virus surge that has sent hospitalizations to their highest levels since March 3.

New COVID vaccine developed by UW scientists

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by UW Medicine researchers has been approved in Korea, becoming the first COVID therapeutic technology from the Seattle health care system to be greenlighted for patient use.

UW Medicine scientists who worked on the technology behind the vaccine say their…

A new dominant omicron strain in the U.S. is driving up cases — and reinfections

For much of the pandemic, the only silver lining to coming down with a case of COVID-19 was that you likely wouldn't catch it again for a while (though there isn't exactly a definitive answer on how long…

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