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First case of B.1.351 variant identified in Washington State as cases of B.1.1.7 increase

| Feb 23, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) along with Public Heath – Seattle & King County and the UW Medicine Virology Lab, announce that the B.1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in King County, WA. The variant, initially identified in South Africa, was identified yesterday through genomic sequencing at...[ Read More ]

Freshman Representative Jessica Bateman on the intersection between health and housing

| Feb 18, 2021 | Washington

Representative Jessica Bateman is a newcomer this year in the House, but she is no stranger to politics in Olympia. From 2012 to 2015, she worked as a legislative assistant to former Representative Chris Reykdal. Then in 2015, she was elected to the Olympia City Council and later served as...[ Read More ]

Washington announces Vaccine Equity Initiative

Emily Boerger | Feb 18, 2021 | Washington

State leaders announced on Monday the All in WA Vaccine Equity Initiative – a campaign that aims to support equitable vaccine access across Washington. The new initiative is looking to raise $30 million in combined private and public funds to help vaccinate underserved communities. Most federal funds will not be...[ Read More ]

Op-ed: Why direct cash is a critical mental health strategy

, | Feb 18, 2021 | Washington

During this past year of global health crises and economic pressure, we have seen a growing awareness of the importance of mental health. For many, the pressures of COVID-19 and its financial fallout have exacerbated day-to-day pressures. For some, this time has led them to seek out mental health resources...[ Read More ]

A bill in Washington on COVID-19 liability protections makes it through to Senate Rules

| Feb 17, 2021 | Washington

Senate Bill 5271 passed through the Senate Law and Justice committee and on to Senate Rules Thursday. This bill would provide liability protections to providers and facilities by amending the necessary elements of proof of injury during the COVID-19 pandemic.     This bill provides a method for determining the...[ Read More ]

DOH expands school testing initiative to encourage more in-person learning

| Feb 17, 2021 | Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Washington Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) and Health Commons is expanding its COVID-19 testing service for schools and adding voluntary testing options to its toolkit for school districts. This is part of the ongoing...[ Read More ]

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