Coronavirus

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, greets a new trooper during a graduation ceremony, as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on in the Rotunda at the Capitol Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Rather than get vaccine, nearly 2,000 state workers lose jobs

Ten troopers north of Seattle, 54 Monroe prison workers and hundreds more across the state refused the governor’s mandate.

 

Special vaccine clinics planned in Langley, Oak Harbor

A couple of special vaccination clinics are planned for this week. Island County Public Health will host a pop-up vaccine clinic during the first day… Continue reading

 

County survey gauges child-care needs

The county is asking parents, guardians and future parents about their child care needs.

 

Whidbey schools to receive millions in federal stimulus

The COVID-19 relief package includes more than $122 billion for K-12 education across the nation.

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

The COVID effect: Show might go on this year

Here’s a list of what many of Whidbey’s favorite events are doing this year.

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times
Restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and other indoor business activities will be able to operate at 50% capacity when the state moves to Phase 3 of the reopening plan on March 22. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Moving to Phase 3: Fans in stadiums and more indoor dining

Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.

Restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and other indoor business activities will be able to operate at 50% capacity when the state moves to Phase 3 of the reopening plan on March 22. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor High School students back in class

They are the first high school students on Whidbey to be allowed back inside.

Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Rise in suicides during COVID-19 cause for concern

The local increase in suicidal ideation among young people is particularly concerning.

South Whidbey students returning to school next week

First and third graders will return to school Feb. 22 and others will be phased back in March.

Restaurants can open now that Island County moved to Phase 2

Restaurants in Island County will finally be able to serve food indoors, albeit with restrictions. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the North Region, of… Continue reading

Larsen letter: Island County shortchanged on vaccine

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen sent the White House a letter complaining about the lack of of local supply.

Unemployment in county reaches dismal high

“I do think we have a long road ahead of us,” said a regional economist.

Island Drug receives extra vaccine in mistake

Instead of 200 doses that were expected last week, Island Drug received 2,000.

County should have received more vaccine

The number of vaccinated people in Island County is slightly less than the state average.

Leaders confront gov’s office over reopening plan

Island County officials are not happy Whidbey is stuck in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

Oak Harbor girls softball team members are allowed to workout together under current COVID-19 restrictions, but are not yet allowed to return to formal practices and competition. School sports may resume this month if Island County and others in the North region can move into Phase 2. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Athletic directors ‘cautiously optimistic’ for return of sports

School sports may be starting this month for Island County athletes if COVID-19 conditions are met.

Oak Harbor girls softball team members are allowed to workout together under current COVID-19 restrictions, but are not yet allowed to return to formal practices and competition. School sports may resume this month if Island County and others in the North region can move into Phase 2. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Officials decry COVID-19 reopening inequity

People are frustrated that Island County is still in Phase 1 while other counties moved to Phase 2.

South Whidbey School District to delay return of students

Superintendent Jo Moccia made the call Monday not to allow the return of first graders on Feb. 8.

Island County not immune to staggering demand for COVID-19 vaccine

WhidbeyHealth canceled 12,000 vaccine appointments this past week.

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