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Q&A: Chief nursing officers discuss challenges facing rural hospitals during COVID-19

| Aug 26, 2021 | Washington

Terra Palomarez is the chief nursing officer at Astria Toppenish Hospital, a rural medical center located in Toppenish, WA. Amber Hunsaker is the chief nursing officer at Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Astria’s second rural hospital located in Sunnyside, WA. In this Q&A, both Palomarez and Hunsaker update State of Reform on...[ Read More ]

King County lifts mask mandate

| Jun 29, 2021 | Washington

As of Tuesday, June 29th, King County is lifting its mask mandate as COVID-19 infection rates continue to fall and the number of people vaccinated in the county surpasses 70%. According to the announcement, with the lifting of the mask directive, fully vaccinated people are now able to go without...[ Read More ]

Recent UW and DOH study states WA Notify has saved lives

Ian Portmann | Jun 14, 2021 | Washington

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recently announced they believe the Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify) tool has saved lives from COVID-19. WA Notify is an exposure notification tool that can be enabled on smartphones. The tool utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals...[ Read More ]

Governor signs entire “Cascade Care 2.0” bill into law

Emily Boerger | May 10, 2021 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on Monday that aims to increase the affordability of standardized health plans on the individual market. Among several provisions, Senate Bill 5377 establishes a state premium assistance program for certain individuals purchasing health insurance on the state exchange. The bill also builds on the 2019...[ Read More ]

Inslee expands vaccine eligibility to all adults starting April 15

Michael Goldberg | Mar 31, 2021 | Washington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that starting April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.     At an afternoon press conference, Inslee said: We must do everything possible to ensure that we can keep cases down. We have concerns...[ Read More ]

Gov. Inslee loosens COVID-19 restrictions for most counties in Washington

| Feb 11, 2021 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday that five of the eight regions in his reopening plan will advance to the second phase of reopening on Sunday.     The  East, North, North Central, Northwest and Southwest regions will advance to the second phase. The West and Puget Sound regions will remain...[ Read More ]