COVID test sites; More snow possible; Starbucks vaccine mandate; Doctor fined; New alert.

UW Medicine to limit COVID-19 testing

UW Medicine is temporarily shutting down three community COVID-19 testing sites and reducing testing availability at nine other testing sites due to high positivity rates.

Starting Tuesday, UW Medicine will limit appointments for COVID-19 testing to people who show symptoms of a respiratory illness or to those with known positive exposure to the virus.

The three community COVID-19 testing sites in Ballard, Sammamish and Seattle City Hall will temporarily close until positivity rates drop. Once the positive rates decline, the testing sites should reopen. Read more

More snow in the plains possible this week

Parts of the Puget Sound Lowlands saw some relief from the arctic cold and snow over the weekend, but that relief may be short-lived.

Cooler air is expected to enter parts of western Washington again this week, bringing another chance of snow to the plains. On Monday, the National Weather Service said the highest risk of snow on the plains would be in western Whatcom County, the northern Olympic foothills and the Cascades foothills from Wednesday night through Thursday. Read more

Starbucks announces new COVID vaccination policy

Starbucks says its U.S. employees must be fully immunized by February 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement.

The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday it was acting in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which issued a vaccine or testing requirement for companies with more than 100 employees in November.

Starbucks says its U.S. employees must be fully immunized by February 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement. The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday it was acting in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which issued a vaccine or testing requirement for companies with more than 100 employees in November. Read more

State fines Ellensburg doctor over COVID-19 mask violation

State regulators fined a doctor in Ellensburg $ 30,000 for failing to require employees and patients at his medical clinic, Awake Health, to wear masks.

Osteopathic doctor Anna Elperin was at the center of a KING 5 investigation in November for selling COVID-19 vaccines and mask exemptions to undercover journalists without medical justification.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which regulates worker and workplace safety, issued Elperin’s citation on December 22 as a “serious willful violation.” Read more

New statewide alert proposed for missing Indigenous women

A newly proposed bill would create a statewide alert for missing women and indigenous people in Washington, the first of its kind in the United States.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Representative Debra Lekanoff (D-Anacortes) announced the bill on Monday.

House Bill 1725 would work the same way as a “Money Alert”, which is used when a vulnerable adult goes missing. Read more

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