In the Media

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 2:11pm
Skagit Valley Herald

Arielle Luckmann

Age: 35

Residence: Mount Vernon

Occupation: Farmer

Education: Western Washington University, theater and French

Why did you move to Skagit County? “I was living in Chicago, and started considering getting into farming in the Midwest, but I got a job working at Rabbit Fields Farm in Skagit County. I’d always loved Skagit and this is where I wanted to be.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 11:14am
The Bellingham Herald

Planning and preparation at Bellingham’s St. Joseph hospital continues in earnest for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases that hospitals around the world have seen during the coronavirus pandemic, PeaceHealth officials say.

The officials spoke to The Bellingham Herald Saturday, March 28, in response to concerns raised earlier this month by longtime Bellingham Emergency Department doctor Ming Lin over the hospital’s testing and screening procedures, how well the hospital is protecting its caregivers on the front line and how prepared it is to face the pandemic.

Lin said Friday, March 27, that he was fired over his public criticism of the hospital.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 11:12am
Seattle Times

Hospitalizations for patients with symptoms of COVID-19-like illnesses in Washington declined last week by more than 20%, a hopeful sign for the region and a nation gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Department of Health (DOH) survey, covering the seven-day period that ended Saturday, tallied 193 admissions of patients with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, down from 251 the previous week. This also marks the end of a monthlong rise in these admissions, which dates back to the last week in February, when only 61 hospitalizations of COVID-19-like illness were counted in Washington state.

“It is a little bit of good news,” said Amy Reynolds, DOH spokeswoman.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 11:11am
Inside Higher Ed

The University of Washington was one of the first U.S. institutions to move online amid the pandemic. Here's how faculty say the transition is going.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:27am
The Bellingham Herald

Getting the lab validated took many long hours over the past few weeks, Bull said, but a recent decrease in the number of other types of tests requested helped create time to move through the process. Northwest Laboratory will use 14 Western Washington University grad students to assist with the testing.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 2:23pm
Seattle Times

Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

It was a stark shift in tone by the Republican president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been “aspirational.”

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 2:22pm
The Bellingham Herald

Given the new restrictions in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Whatcom’s construction industry is in a situation similar to what restaurants and bars have been dealing with the past two weeks.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee recently clarified what was considered essential construction work in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” plan, indicating most projects need to stop until at least Wednesday, April 8.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 2:21pm
My Ferndale News

The Ferndale family of a recent graduate from Western Washington University had been looking forward to the March 21st WWU graduation ceremony but were disappointed when it was cancelled as part of the state’s social distancing mandates to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

“They cancelled the last couple of weeks for the quarter, they cancelled the graduation ceremony and the restaurant we were going to for the celebratory lunch had to close,” the mom explained in an email. Then she saw a story on TV about a birthday party with a parade of cars. She said it was only 3 cars but “it’s still a parade.”

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 2:41pm
Seattle Times

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill.

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 2:40pm
The Bellingham Herald

New unemployment insurance claims soared for the week ending March 21 as Washington state workers stayed home under Gov. Jay Inslee’s order.

The number of Whatcom residents filing for unemployment benefits totaled 4,428, according to new data from the Washington State Employment Security Department. That’s a huge jump compared to the previous week, when 238 people filed an initial claim.