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What Washington’s public health officials are saying about the Omicron variant

The first known cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the U.S. as many questions remain, including how well vaccines and natural immunity...Read More

Washington State Wire’s return to in-person events

As we get closer and closer to the 2021 Re-Wire Policy Conference I wanted to take a moment to explain our choice to return to in-person events....Read More


The commission to explore universal health care in WA is behind schedule

Washington State is behind schedule for establishing a Universal Health Care Commission, which is tasked with exploring ways to implement universal coverage for residents.  The...Read More

Strickland introduces legislation to support foster youth affected by the opioid crisis

Today, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), a member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, introduced H.R. 5469, the...Read More

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommends Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster shot after six months

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine...Read More

Three Washington budget requests we’re tracking

Washington State agencies submitted their budget requests to the Governor’s office this month, documents which generally highlight their priorities for the coming fiscal year and...Read More

DoH releases COVID surveillance report

A new surveillance report from the Washington State Department of Health highlights how powerful existing vaccines are at combating COVID-19, and keeping people alive and...Read More

Two lawsuits to be aware of

There’s two lawsuits to be aware of today concerning access to abortion nationwide, and conversion therapy in Washington State.  On abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court...Read More

COVID patients expected to strain Washington’s ICU capacity this fall

The COVID-19 pandemic’s fifth wave is sweeping through Washington State and will likely continue through the holidays, placing pressure on health care systems along the...Read More

Three takeaways from back-to-school guidance

Students are preparing to return to classrooms across Washington State in the coming months as the Delta variant continues to drive up infections. The state...Read More