What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.?
Funding is available to keep COVID testing sites and vaccine clinics operating in Yakima County well into 2022. The Yakima Health District board of health also discussed the new omicron variant, and natural immunity on Wednesday. Read more
The Yakima County jail is responding to another COVID-19 outbreak, the Yakima Health District announced. Read more
COVID case and hospitalizations are trending down in Yakima County, though patient numbers remain high at Yakima Valley Memorial. That's likely related a backlog of care during this fall's surge. The hospital welcomed 35 nurses and five nursing assistants from FEMA earlier this month. Read more
In addition to stressing the importance of COVID-19 and flu vaccines, the Yakima Health District recommends wearing a face covering in indoor public settings or when in a crowded area to reduce the chances of virus transmission.
In the South Central region of Washington, which includes Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla and Columbia counties, the COVID case rate for Latinos was about double the rate for whites, according to a report issued Nov. 17.
Unlike slow-starting and sporadic public vaccination efforts in the winter of 2020-21, COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, the Pfizer vaccine is an option for anyone 5 years and older and adults who qualify can receive boosters. Youths younger than 18 need a parent or guardian’s consent to get the vaccine.
Over the past year, Yakima Herald-Republic has been checking in with Dr. Roy Simms of Community Health of Central Washington, who has been a pediatrician for 40 years. He discussed the recently approved pediatric COVID vaccine, its safety and what advice he has for parents.
As COVID-19 trends in Washington state continue to plateau at high levels — with some “mild” decreases — state health officials said Wednesday morning there’s growing concern more patients are becoming sick with other respiratory viruses now that colder weather is nearing.
The district received its first shipment of 3,000 pediatric doses Thursday.
With a federal advisory panel’s recent endorsement of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds and authorization expected soon, 10 health care organizations in Yakima County have already collectively preordered several thousand doses.
Yakima area health experts say COVID-19 and the flu are highly contagious respiratory illnesses that are spread in similar ways, and share symptoms with the common cold. People with COVID-19 might lose their sense of taste and smell.
Yakima Valley fire departments and the local Washington State Patrol detachment saw a few losses in their ranks following the governor’s deadline for COVID-19 vaccinations Monday.
Details and enforcement of President Joe Biden’s plan to require many workers to get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 remain vague, but Yakima County employers say they prefer incentives and encouragement rather than a mandate for their employees.
Yakima County saw it's deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic in September even as other coronavirus trends begins to show improvement from the wave of delta variant cases.
Yakima-area health care providers are providing monoclonal antibody therapy to some COVID patients.
Health district data shows that community transmission of COVID-19 remains high in Yakima County, and local demand for tests has been high since September.