This year Thanksgiving comes as chronically under-resourced Native populations are contracting COVID-19 at record rates. In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Native Americans are 3.5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than white people. Continue Reading Educators And Native Leaders Recommend Bringing Anti-Racism To The Thanksgiving Table
University students and staff in the Pacific Northwest are giving a trial run to a smartphone app that tells you if you were recently near someone who just tested positive for COVID-19. State health departments are rolling out similar apps across the country to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Continue Reading Want To Know Whether You’ve Been Exposed To COVID-19? This App Could Help
After some politicking and tweeting — these are blue states, after all — California and Oregon’s major disaster declarations were mostly quickly approved. But it’s now been 71 days since Washington Gov. Jay Inslee petitioned the president, and there’s been no response, not even a denial. Continue Reading Whitman County Fire-Ravaged Farming Town Of Malden In Limbo As It Awaits Aid To Rebuild
Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr., an associate professor at the University of Idaho, uses his voice and his role to make higher education inclusive. He started the Progressive Black Caucus at Oakwood University in Alabama and brought the mission to Idaho to create a more efficient and welcoming environment for students of color. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Making College Feel More Inclusive For Students Of Color
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, it’s now increasingly apparent that 2020 will be remembered for an unusually high death toll — not just from COVID-19. In the medical field, deaths above what you would normally expect are called “excess deaths.” Continue Reading Further Proof That 2020 Stinks: More People Are Dying During The Pandemic, Not Just From COVID
Earlier this year, Yakima County was among the worst-hit places for COVID-19 in Washington and the West Coast. It and the Tri-Cities region were among the last counties to open for indoor bar and restaurant service. Now, with another statewide closure, some restaurant operators are pushing back and refusing to close. Continue Reading As Washington Restaurants Close Indoors Again, Some In Hard-Hit Yakima Say They Won’t
Lori Freeman calls the loss of top public health officers across the country “steady and alarming.” Freeman heads the National Association of County and City Health Officials. More than 70 have been fired, left or plan to leave their posts since the pandemic began in the U.S. In fact, so many are leaving, she’s keeping a spreadsheet. Continue Reading Across The Northwest And Nation, A ‘Steady And Alarming’ Loss Of Health Officials As COVID Surges
The usual Thanksgiving spreads may be too big for this year’s holiday. Instead, Chefs Anita Lo, Aarón Sánchez and Sohla El-Waylly share recipes for a relatively unfussy but still delicious meal. Continue Reading 3 Recipes For Cooking Up A Scaled-Down, Low-Key Thanksgiving Meal
In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” Latinx feminist and mental health activist Dior Vargas shares her history with mental health and why discussing the topic through an intersectional lens is so important. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 6: Dior Vargas On Intersectionality And Mental Health
Disease transmission is skyrocketing, Washington State Health Officer Kathy Lofy said in a news release Monday. Meanwhile, a four-week shutdown on indoor service at restaurants and bars prompted by an alarming statewide spike in COVID-19 cases is expected to cost the industry some $800 million. Continue Reading COVID Transmission ‘Skyrocketing’ In Washington; Restaurants Warn Of $800M Shutdown Losses
Dozens of House Democrats have called on President-elect Joe Biden to make the New Mexico congresswoman the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Continue Reading Possible Native American Interior Secretary ‘Would Mean A Lot To Indian Country,’ Rep. Haaland Says
If you were unaware the Apple Cup was even happening this year, then you’re probably not alone. After all, the Pac-12 football season was canceled. Then it was back, three weeks ago, with a shortened 6-game season and safety protocols. Those required canceling games if a team couldn’t field a minimum number of 53 scholarship players. Continue Reading Annual Apple Cup Rivalry Game Between UW And WSU Canceled Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests
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