Threat of "tripledemic" looms with RSV, COVID and flu

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Respiratory illnesses in children are on the rise, with physicians reporting more cases of the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, in recent weeks.

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.

Melissa Santos
Oct 17, 2022 - COVID

Washington state COVID-19 hospital stays drop by 50%

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Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

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.

Melissa Santos
Sep 30, 2022 - COVID

Omicron booster rates have "major gaps"

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

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.

Melissa Santos
Sep 20, 2022 - News

Delayed immigrant relief fund now accepting applications

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

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.

Melissa Santos
Sep 11, 2022 - Business

Seattle's softer approach to in-office work

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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 β€” which, in many cases, means letting them work from home most of the time.

Melissa Santos
Sep 11, 2022 - News

Life expectancy dips in Washington state and the U.S.

Data: Arias, et al., 2022, "U.S. State Life Tables, 2020"; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

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.

Melissa Santos
Sep 8, 2022 - News

COVID-19 state of emergency will end Oct. 31, Gov. Inslee says

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Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

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.

Melissa Santos
Sep 7, 2022 - COVID

New COVID-19 vaccine boosters arriving in Seattle and Washington

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

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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