Why it matters: Officials across the country are worried about the impact of a possible "tripledemic," in which a rise of seasonal influenza, RSV and COVID-19 may collide this fall and winter.
COVID-19 hospitalizations locally and statewide have fallen by about 50% since the peak of the most recent Omicron wave in July, public health data shows.
Why it matters: Fewer hospitalizations mean fewer people are getting seriously ill from the virus.
Demand for Omicron boosters is off to a slow start in the Seattle area.
Driving the news: As of Monday, 6.8% of eligible King County residents had received a bivalent booster aimed at fighting the latest strains of COVID-19.
Applications are open for a new fund that will provide financial aid to undocumented immigrants in Washington state.
Why it matters: During the height of the COVID pandemic, undocumented immigrants weren't eligible for unemployment assistance or federal stimulus checks. State officials wanted to provide them with an alternate means of assistance.
As companies like Apple enact stricter return-to-office policies, many large employers in the Seattle area are reluctant to take such a hard line.
Driving the news: Several businesses contacted by Axios in the past two weeks said they remain focused on giving their employees flexibility — which, in many cases, means letting them work from home most of the time.
Washingtonians' life expectancy dropped by nearly a year from 2019 to 2020, in large part because of COVID-19, according to newly released CDC data.
By the numbers: In 2019, infants born in Washington could expect to live an average of 80 years.
Washington's COVID-19 state of emergency is coming to an end.
Driving the news: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the state's last 10 COVID-19 emergency orders will expire Oct. 31.
Updated COVID-19 booster shots are arriving in King County this week, and public health officials urge most people 12 years and older to get them.
Driving the news: By week's end, King County will get about 30,000 doses of the new boosters tailored to fight the widely circulating BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants.
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