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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced during a press conference on Thursday.

Why it matters: Washington — like other states such as Michigan — is experiencing a surge in COVID cases driven largely by variants of the virus, predominantly the one first discovered in the U.K.

What they're saying: "The virus is not done with us," warned Inslee.

  • “Unfortunately, we now are seeing the beginnings of a fourth surge in the state of Washington."
  • "And we are starting unfortunately at a higher level than where the other waves started from," Inslee said about the number of current cases.

What's more: Inslee noted that hospitalizations are also rising at a "significant pace" and more young people are getting inflected.

  • He added that by the end of the week the state will have administered its 5 millionth dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Inslee urged citizens to get vaccinated, noting that Washington has the capacity to increase the number of vaccines it administers daily if it receives more doses from the federal government.

Flashback: Washington was an early coronavirus hotspot in the spring of 2020.

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Coronavirus cases aren't budging — even after vaccinations doubled

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. is pumping out coronavirus vaccines by the millions, but the coronavirus isn’t slowing down.

The big picture: This spring has seen a surge in vaccinations but almost no change in the coronavirus’ spread, leaving the U.S. with an outbreak that’s still too big.

Apr 22, 2021 - Health

Health care workers feel stress, burnout more than a year into the pandemic

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More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, some 3 in 10 health care professionals say they've considered leaving the profession, citing burnout and stress, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll out Thursday indicates.

Why it matters: Studies throughout the pandemic have indicated rising rates of depression and trauma among health care workers, group that is no longer seeing the same public displays of gratitude as during the onset of the pandemic.