In terms of reported cases and hospitalizations, Whatcom County just completed its worst month of the 19-month-long COVID-19 pandemic, so far. With 73 more confirmed COVID cases reported by the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard Thursday, Sept. 30, Whatcom County had 1,943 confirmed cases during the month of September — an average of 64.77 reported cases per day. That average was second only to the 66.16 cases per day Whatcom saw in January, when the county had 2,051 confirmed cases reported.
Indigenous leaders and communities across the U.S. and Canada continue to come together in person or virtually to reflect on the Indian Residential School system during the week of The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30 is a day of remembrance to honor those who were lost, killed and survived the schools. Created in 2013 by First Nations peoples in Canada to bring awareness to the horrors, cultural genocide and historical trauma that residential schools inflicted on their communities, the sorrowful holiday is also observed by U.S. Indigenous communities through events and moments of silence. At Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Native activists, allies and Tribal members gathered to share prayers and songs of healing Thursday, Sept. 30. Organized by Aletha Wilson of Lummi Nation and Thrisa Jimmy of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, the group of 40 participated in a two-minute, 15-second moment of silence beginning at 2:15 p.m. in honor of the 215 Indigenous children whose bodies were uncovered at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia earlier this year.
A group of University of Washington (UW) students is demanding that the university offer remote classes to all students this fall.
In-person fall classes started Wednesday as mask-wearing students rushed across the large campus to make it to class on time.
Some students on their way to campus said they were happy they don't have to stare at a computer monitor for long lectures this fall.
It looks like Seattle music fans will get a peek at the new Climate Pledge Arena a little sooner than we thought.
It appears that Foo Fighters are set to headline the Seattle Center arena’s first concert on Oct. 19, a few days earlier than a Coldplay show previously billed as CPA’s grand opening.
As of this writing, no official word from the band or arena brass has come down, though we’ve reached out to CPA reps for comment. But a Ticketmaster ticket page to what’s described as “A New Way Home” benefit concert is live, indicating that tickets go on sale at noon Thursday.
Seattle indie rock stars Death Cab for Cutie are also on the bill and announced the concert through their email list. According to the band’s newsletter, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Real Rent Duwamish and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and fans can access the sale with the pass code “DCFCSEATTLE.”
romptly at 4 p.m., eight hospital workers garbed in gowns, masks and face shields file into a room of the third floor of the intensive care unit.
They gather around a COVID-19 patient, comatose and intubated — three on each side with one near the head to keep an eye on the ventilator.
As a nurse at the foot of the bed reads instructions, gloved hands disconnect lines to monitoring equipment and gather the sheets around the patient. The team carefully hoists and flips the patient onto his stomach — in the prone position — to give his battered lungs a better chance at healing.
Jackie Whited, the director of intensive care here at Central Washington Hospital, watches the team through a window in the hallway. This is the first of three patient flips that have become part of the daily rhythm as the hospital struggles to keep alive its sickest COVID patients.
“Because as the sicker they get, the stiffer their lungs get, and it takes more pressure for the ventilator to get the oxygen through,” says Whited.
Like medical centers across rural Washington, the fifth pandemic wave has overwhelmed the hospital in this river town of 36,000.
The Lynden and Meridian areas showed increases in COVID-19 infection rates last week, but all other areas continued to show decreases. And, COVID-19 cases miscategorized during data entry, primarily in the last several weeks, led to a big jump in numbers assigned to the Meridian sub-county area this week, according to the Whatcom County Health Department. “This correction affects both case rates and cumulative counts on sub-county area charts,” according to a Tuesday, Sept. 28, news release about numbers included in the most recent Whatcom County data dashboard update.
In a surprise announcement during an early morning Zoom staff meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Clackamas High School (CHS) educator Ethelyn Tumalad was named and celebrated as Oregon’s 2022 Teacher of the Year! Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and Deputy Director Carmen Xiomara Urbina virtually joined North Clackamas School District Superintendent Shay James and Clackamas High School Assistant Principal Alyssa Engle in honoring Tumalad as an exemplary educator, student advocate, and equity champion.
A video message from Governor Kate Brown was played during the announcement event, offering personalized congratulations and gratitude to Tumalad. “Inside and outside of the classroom, Ethelyn is a strong advocate, a wonderful listener, and an empathetic colleague, teacher and friend,” she stated in the video. “Educators like you are the shining stars our students need.”
Twin telepathy is a real thing in Western Washington
Like the Squiers sisters, twins Chloe Roetcisoender (formerly Biscup prior to her 2018 marriage) and Tess Biscup have been to the DII women’s volleyball summit. The two played sparingly as freshmen for the 2018 national runners-up team that fell just short in Tampa, Florida. Now, the duo has played in every 2021 match for Western Washington, a program that once again finds itself in the top 25 in DII women’s volleyball.
In March 2019, Benjamin Newton, the sustainability director at Central Community College (CCC) in Grand Island, Nebraska, watched what meteorologists called a bomb cyclone. First came a snow storm that froze the land, then heavy rains that brought on intense flooding, and lastly heat.
“They say here in the Midwest you can experience all three seasons in one day. Well, that's what happened that month,” said Newton. “When the weather warmed up after the storm, all the rivers were still frozen, but the ice started breaking up. Our rivers moved with one-ton ice chunks. It was like seeing a bunch of one-ton pick-up trucks floating down the river. That caused our worst flooding in 50 years.”
YouTube announced a sweeping crackdown of vaccine misinformation Wednesday that booted popular anti-vaccine influencers from its site and deleted false claims that have been made about a range of immunizations.
The video-sharing platform said it will no longer allow users to baselessly speculate that approved vaccines, like the ones given to prevent the flu or measles, are dangerous or cause diseases.
YouTube’s latest attempt to stem a tide of vaccine misinformation comes as countries around the globe struggle to convince a somewhat vaccine hesitant public to accept the free immunizations that scientists say will end the COVID-19 pandemic that began 20 months ago. The tech platform, which is owned by Google, already tried to ban COVID-19 vaccine misinformation last year, at the height of the pandemic.