Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Sept. 8

A registered nurse stands in the “hot zone,” defined by red tape on the floor, as she waits to exchange equipment with a colleague who will remain on the other side.

‘A lot of these people are not going to make it,’ official warns as Washington COVID hospitalizations continue rising
While recent state data is still preliminary, early reports show COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the state are up after the Labor Day weekend, pushing hospital leaders to continue their plea for residents to mask up, get vaccinated and be wary of mass gatherings. At a news briefing Tuesday morning, Washington State Hospital Association CEO Cassie Sauer said that after the weekend, hospital officials counted 1,674 Washingtonians hospitalized with the virus, a 7% increase from last week. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Elaine Thompson)

A woman outside the Capitol in Olympia protesting Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate for state workers

State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate
Washington’s largest union of public service workers has struck a deal with the state to provide employees an incentive to get a COVID-19 vaccination by the Oct. 18 deadline set by Gov. Jay Inslee — and ways for them to avoid getting fired if they don’t. Under the tentative agreement, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) will receive an extra day off in 2022 if they comply with the governor’s mandate. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Drew Perine)

UW Medicine tracking new mu variant in Washington
Cases driven by the delta variant are still on the rise, but now health officials are starting to closely monitor another variant called the mu variant. Its mutations are raising concerns that it may be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines. According to outbreak.info, a Scripps Research website, the mu variant has spread to 49 states, including Washington state. UW Medicine’s virology labs handle the bulk of COVID-19 genetic sequencing in the state. Continue reading at KIRO 7.


Associated Press
King County moves toward vaccine verification system
Seahawks, Sounders, Kraken to require proof of vaccination
COVID hospitalizations rise, outdoor mask mandates begin
COVID-19 deaths overwhelm morgue in Cowlitz County
WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

Auburn Reporter
King County braces for more wildfires in rural areas

Bainbridge Island Review
COVID cases higher than ever
Opinion: Washington is taking the worry out of long term care

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County continuing to see more ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases and deaths
Port of Bellingham suggests this may increase container shipping contracts
Whatcom sees second-highest weekly COVID increase of pandemic and another death reported
Capital Press
Skyview students, parents ready to counter anti-mask protesters
Opinion: In Our View: Afghanis should be welcomed to Washington

The Daily News
County to declare emergency to get refrigerated trailer as COVID deaths overwhelm coroner, funeral homes

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
En marcha evacuación de hogares en Bumping River Road por incendio Schneider Springs
Se triplican llamadas a centro toxicológico estatal por ivermectina para tratar COVID-19

Everett Herald
We just surpassed last winter’s coronavirus infection rate
State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Oak Harbor school board disrupted a 2nd time by anti-maskers
VIDEO: Auburn police let suspected vehicle thief go, citing new laws (Johnson)
Editorial: There’s time to fix Social Security, but less now
WaPo Comment: Why vaccine skeptics are all in for ivermectin
Bloomberg Comment: It’s simple; getting covid vaccine can save your life
Comment: What you need to know about COVID-19 booster shots
Letter: Thanks for efforts being made on affordable housing

High Country News
‘Deadbeat dams’ and their impact on cold-water ecosystems

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Some WSF employees threaten ‘sickout’ over busy sailing weekend

News Tribune
20th anniversary of 9/11 observed in local ceremonies

Seahawks, Kraken, Sounders, UW, WSU requiring vaccination or negative COVID test for fans
11 more Thurston residents die of COVID-19, 693 more cases reported in the past week
Here are Tacoma, Pierce County restaurants and venues requiring COVID vaccination proof

Peninsula Daily News
Berry critics pack into board meeting
Exhausted health care workers tell of virus surge
Staffing issues make mandate hard for businesses

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle sporting events to require full vaccination for fans, employees
Forget vaccine incentives. Many employers are exploring penalties for holdouts.
Vaccine verification policy in the works for some King County businesses
ACBJ Travel Survey: Business Journals readers detail cuts to budgets, uncertainty into 2022
Hotels and airlines dial down hopes for Q4 as flight cancellations mount
Vaccine hesitancy is disproportionately high in the construction industry. Here’s how that’s affected bottom lines.
All eyes on September: Hotel industry expected to see slowdown with close of summer travel season, Delta variant
Opinion: Diversity and inclusion is crucial to a healthy business community

Seattle Medium
Commerce Department Awards $39 Million To Address Homelessness

Seattle Times
‘A lot of these people are not going to make it,’ official warns as Washington COVID hospitalizations continue rising
Seattle native Will Swenson, a Medal of Honor recipient, reflects on the war in Afghanistan now lost
How Washington state’s onetime ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive, in his last act, broke through the vaccine impasse
King County to pay $3.5 million to settle suit alleging deputies left teen at massage parlor, where she was forced into prostitution decades ago
Washington’s Cowlitz County to declare emergency to get refrigeration trailer as COVID deaths overwhelm morgue
Renton-based debt collector to pay more than $1.6 million over ‘deceptive’ letters
Northgate light rail opens Oct. 2. How will the new stations change your travel routine?
King County developing vaccine verification system as more venues require inoculation
Editorial: Standing on the right side of Jan. 6 history

Skagit Valley Herald
Sen. Patty Murray has goal of making community college free
Supply chain issues affect school lunches
Skagit’s economy still recovering as unemployment aid expires

South Seattle Emerald
State plans overhaul of guidelines for attorneys who represent kids in foster care cases
‘Compassion Seattle’ charter amendment won’t appear on November ballot
Opinion: ‘Normal’ isn’t good enough for returning school kids
Opinion: It’s time to put an end to racially disparate police stops and searches
Opinion: Redistricting happens once a decade — let’s increase BIPOC representation

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities hospitals hit record number of COVID patients. Few ICU beds left in WA state
All Richland school open houses canceled by high COVID rates in Tri-Cities
Hanford investigation says toxic waste vapors didn’t sicken workers. Some question that
Benton sheriff applicants asked about loyalty to Trump, COVID vaccine

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Excitement high as Walla Walla High School students make full-day return to classroom
Dixie students join Dayton middle and high schoolers in distance learning, others districts hang on

Washington Post
Biden wants the sun to provide nearly half the nation’s electricity by 2050
Black people are about to be swept aside for a South Carolina freeway — again
Pediatric cases surge in U.S. as students head back to school
The world 9/11 created: The sprawling, dark legacy of U.S. counterterrorism

Whidbey News-Times
Opinion: In Our Opinion: Unvaccinated need to take responsibility for their choices

Yakima Herald Republic
Naches Valley Elementary welcomes kids back to classes after facing fire and flooding
Opinion: What we lost that sunny morning


Know before you go: COVID-19 policies for western Washington’s largest event venues
What does Idaho’s ‘Crisis Standards of Care’ mean for Washington hospitals?

First-ever legal sports wagering coming soon to a tribal casino near you
UW Medicine tracking new mu variant in Washington
New sightings record set after nearly 30 orca whales seen over Labor Day weekend
Local debt collector to repay thousands of Washington consumers in settlement over ‘zombie debt’
Hospital leaders react to growing COVID-19 hospitalizations
Huskies, Cougars, Mariners to require COVID-19 vaccinations for home games

Vancouver granted $5 million for new shelter units

Sen. Warren sends Amazon a letter, accuses it of peddling misinformation about COVID-19
Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation orders in place due to Schneider Springs Fire
Washington Poison Center sees ivermectin related calls triple this year
Over 100 Kennewick students test positive for COVID since start of school
Federal unemployment benefits end, possible turnaround for staffing shortages
State’s largest union voting on agreement giving workers wiggle room with vaccine mandate

Listen: COVID’s current effect on schools, state workers and hospitals in Washington

Washington Police Divided on Banning Less-lethal Ammunition Under New Law (Goodman)
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
Breakthrough cases have you headed for the bunker? Experts say vaccines are working
Enough With The Climate Jargon: Scientists Aim For Clearer Messages On Global Warming

‘It is a gut wrenching decision’: Washington scrambles to keep state out of crisis care levels
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be required at all WSU, UW athletic events

NW Public Radio
Largest State Employee Union Strikes Tentative Deal Over Inslee’s Vaccine Mandate


How one WA school district boosts the crucial freshman year

Dozens at Kirkland school told to stay home after two test positive for COVID
Attendees of Labor Day events in central Washington should get COVID test
Over a year later, poll shows broad support for Seattle’s big business tax
State’s hospitals warn stroke, appendicitis patients seeing delayed care
Tacoma keeps virtual learning option as students return to classrooms
Federal jobless benefits expire for thousands of Washingtonians
UW’s J&J vaccine supply ‘exhausted’ with vaccine mandate cut-off dates looming
Local officials express frustration as ivermectin poison control calls triple statewide
Mayor Durkan leaves newly-passed bill limiting SPD’s use of less lethal weapons unsigned
King County to explore enacting new vaccine requirements for indoor businesses
State employees inch closer to deal with Gov. Inslee on vaccine mandate
Seattle sports teams to require proof of COVID vaccination for fans

We’ve Been Writing the Same Article About Seattle Homelessness for 124 Years

West Seattle Blog
WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Reminder for beachgoers as seal-pup season approaches peak