Moderna says updated COVID shot boosts omicron protection
Moderna’s study results revealed people given the combination vaccine shot had higher antibody levels to fight omicron and other variants.
Omicron subvariant a factor in Skagit County’s 111% jump in COVID case rate
According to CDC guidelines, Skagit County is now in a "substantial" transmission level, up from a moderate level last week. Health officials say omicron subvariants are driving this sharp rises in cases.
COVID-19 Omicron sub-variants dodge immunity from past infection, South African study finds
South Africa's health minister says it is likely the country has entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks.
UW Medicine: 1 in 4 new COVID-19 cases attributed to BA.2 omicron variant
One in four new COVID-19 cases sequenced at UW Medicine’s virology lab is from the omicron BA.2 subvariant.
Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19? Experts weigh in
Experts say it's not likely that the highly transmissible omicron variant — or any other variant — will lead us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19.
What is bebtelovimab? US authorizes new antibody drug to fight omicron
U.S. health regulators on Friday authorized bebtelovimab, a new antibody drug that targets the omicron variant, a key step in restocking the nation's arsenal against the latest version of COVID-19.
Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron? Here's what you need to know
Experts say it's too early to know whether people infected with the omicron variant will develop long COVID. Doctors believe it's possible to have long-term effects from omicron.
COVID-19 hospitalizations falling throughout Washington
Authorities say coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are falling throughout Washington as the surge of the omicron variant subsides.
US COVID-19 death toll hits 900,000, sped by omicron
Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000.
COVID falling in 49 of 50 states as deaths near 900,000
With the brutal omicron wave rapidly loosening its grip, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are falling in 49 of 50 states, even as the nation's death toll closes in on another bleak round number: 900,000.
Spain to drop masks outdoors as omicron surge decelerates
Spain will end a mandate to wear masks outdoors next week, reversing a late December order against an unprecedented surge of coronavirus infections fueled by a highly contagious mutation, Health Minister Carolina Darias said.
Omicron variant raises concerns about long-term COVID-19
Omicron's race across the globe has amped up concerns about long COVID, which some estimates suggest affects a third of COVID-19 survivors.
Russia's daily COVID-19 infections spike above 110,000 as omicron variant impacts country
The daily count of new coronavirus infections in Russia spiked above 110,000 as the highly contagious omicron variant races impacts the country.
New COVID variant BA.2: What's known about 'stealth' omicron?
The new coronavirus variant, which scientists call BA.2, is widely considered stealthier than the original version of omicron because particular genetic traits make it somewhat harder to detect.
New Omicron subvariant BA.2 detected in Washington
A new sub-variant of COVID-19, the BA.2 variant, has been detected in Washington, health officials announced Monday.
UW researchers develop fast, highly-accurate COVID-19 test
University of Washington researchers have developed a new, quick COVID-19 test that they say matches the accuracy of PCR tests.
'We need your help'; King Co. hospitals at breaking point for capacity
King County hospitals are urging people to get vaccinated and boosted, as they are at the breaking point of capacity – and almost all of their COVID-19 patients are unvaxxed.
COVID-19 two years later: First US case reported in Washington state
This week marks two years since COVID-19 changed lives in Washington state, across the country and throughout the world.
Snohomish County to open new vaccination, testing sites
Snohomish County will open a new vaccination site and is working on plans to open a mass testing site in response to the omicron surge.
SPS reports more COVID cases in past 2 weeks than across entire pandemic
Seattle Public Schools reported more COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks than in the entirety of the pandemic.