After a summer in which Washington health officials often announced as many as 800 or 1,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases daily, Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday said he was “cautiously pleased” the state’s situation is now improving.
Tallies for new daily confirmed cases have trended down, which has also brought down the average number of cases per 100,000 state residents over a recent two-week span.
In a news conference, the governor also cited a model showing a dip in the rate of transmission, which estimates how many people an infected person goes on to sicken.
“I am cautiously pleased to tell you that we have seen a decline in diagnosed cases in the last two weeks and that some of our other data shows some positive trends,” said Inslee.
Kamala Harris’ nomination as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate has spurred another cultural reckoning in the United States. Reams and gigabytes are being spent examining her multicultural identity and discussing women’s ambition. But while Harris’ story is undeniably distinctive, it is her mother’s story that foregrounds ambition among a group that is seldom recognised as having any agency – immigrant women.
Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was born in India in 1938 and immigrated to the US in 1958. After earning a master’s degree, she completed a doctorate in nutrition and built a career as a breast cancer researcher. Her journey, arduous and successful, is part of a long history of independent immigrant women who have contributed substantial labour and intellectual resources to the economy and to the women’s movement in the US.
They're not alone in their concerns. Western Washington University students working to become teachers also are asking for the requirement to be waived. They have gathered at least 86 signatures toward that end, most of them from WWU teacher candidates and their professors as well as from teachers in school districts in Whatcom County.
They are among more than 300 signatures from across Washington state.
Laurie Trautman, one of the panelists and the director for the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, estimated that Whatcom County lost $60 million in cross-border retail sales in the first half of 2020.
Here are some of the topics discussed during the event:
WHEN WILL THE RESTRICTIONS END?
That remains unclear, but some of the panelists expect that the recent pandemic surge and U.S. presidential election is putting this issue on the back-burner for now.
What’s been particularly painful for businesses near both sides of the border is the 30-day extensions, said Andrea Van Vugt, one of the panelists and global director of Harper & Associates in Canada. It makes it difficult for businesses to plan; providing some measurement about when the border might open would be helpful, she said.
COVID-19 flare-ups on college campuses across the nation are disrupting the start of fall term, but in Washington — where most colleges are on the quarter system and don’t start classes until late September — the quads are largely empty, and cases have been few and far between.
Four of Washington’s five public universities and one college, The Evergreen State College, are all planning to teach remotely this fall. Many are keeping dorms open for students who need to live on campus, but university presidents have encouraged students to say home, if they can, and study from there.
Nearly two in five of Whatcom County’s new COVID-19 cases identified during the fifth month of the pandemic were diagnosed in residents between the ages of 20 and 39, The Bellingham Herald learned by analyzing data released by Whatcom Unified Command.
Residents in the 0-19 and 40-59 age groups each represented nearly another quarter of the 322 cases reported between July 10 and Aug. 10, according to the data released in Unified Command’s daily situation reports.
That means that residents 60 and older accounted for only 12.8% of all new cases between July 10 and Aug. 10.
Western Washington University alumnus Cosmos Cordova was recognized this spring as an outstanding graduate by university faculty.
Cordova, son of Summer Moon Scriver and Jamie Cordova, attended Lopez Island High School and received his bachelor’s degree from WWU in urban planning and sustainable development, along with minors in sustainable design, Spanish and environmental policy, in June.
It was 2016 and Cameron Whitley was gravely ill. He was urgently in need of a kidney transplant, which should have been no problem. He was young and otherwise healthy. He had medical insurance. He even had several gallant friends willing to undergo major surgery for him.
There was a catch, however. His doctors were missing a crucial piece of information – one which, until then, no one had thought to look into. Without it, they weren’t able to put him on the list.
And so, more than a year after he first turned up at a hospital in the US Midwest with mysterious ear pain – eventually leading to a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease – he was forced to go on dialysis. By this point, his organs were functioning at less than 8% of their normal capacity.
But here again, Whitley hit a snag: his doctors were in need of another vital piece of information – and without it, they couldn’t work out how often he would need this treatment. They had to guess; they got it wrong; he became yet more unwell. All this time, his friends were practically throwing their kidneys at him.
Finally, just as Whitley, who is an assistant professor of sociology at Western Washington University, was approved for a transplant, his dialysis treatment led to massive blood loss and the operation had to be delayed. “It was really hard. I was horribly sick,” he says.
What was going on?
Emmalene Madsen and Shapei Baker met as students at Gig Harbor High School. In June, the pair graduated from Western Washington University, both earning the accolade of Outstanding Graduate, an award given to one student from each department every year.
Now, Madsen and Baker are both preparing to start careers in Asia — Madsen in international education and Baker in international business.
In a study published Aug. 12 on The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin tested samples from patients with COVID-like symptoms in Wuhan, China, and the Seattle metropolitan area, including King and Snohomish counties.
Their conclusion: “The spread of COVID-19 in Wuhan and Seattle was far more extensive than initially reported."