COVID-19 coverage

Prematurely lifting mandates to ‘return to normal’ is wishful thinking

A number of Washington students — including hundreds of students who have protested K-12 mask mandates in Washougal, Ridgefield and Cowlitz County this month — are joining a growing list of people across the globe who are fed up with public health mitigations meant to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

New Washougal group aims to address ‘homegrown extremism’

In 2021, a group of Camas and Washougal residents came together to discuss critical race theory — an academic movement that examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism — and to try to figure out why CRT had become a highlight of contentious school board meetings across the country.

Anti-maskers shut down Washougal School Board meeting

The Washougal School Board said it postponed a public meeting after multiple people in the audience refused to follow a state mandate requiring face coverings inside public school board meetings to help curb the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Local schools try to ride out most recent COVID-19 wave

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Clark County, Camas School District administrators say they are doing everything they can to maintain in-person learning and extracurricular activities.

Staffing shortages force Washougal City Hall closure

Clark County Public Health says COVID-19 numbers continue to rise; testing in high demand

Inslee responds to virus surge

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee responded last week to the recent COVID-19 surge caused by the highly contagious omicron variant.

Camas School District: ‘In-person is our priority’

Camas School District officials said this week they are committed to maintaining in-person learning amid surging COVID-19 infections — fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant — that have led to staffing shortages and student absences throughout the region and prompted a return to remote learning in several Vancouver-Portland area schools.

City of Camas responds to ‘uptick’ in COVID-19 cases

Camas city leaders took steps this week to help protect public employees during the most recent COVID-19 surge.

Give health care ‘heroes’ a gift this holiday season: listen to their cries for help

The message coming from doctors and public health officials this week is loud and clear: The omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus – second only to measles with cases doubling every two to three days – and is threatening to sink our already stressed-beyond-belief health care system.