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COVID 'super immunity'; Vaccine survey; Manny Ellis update; Pitch for more funding; Returning a bracelet.

The potential for COVID-19 'super immunity'

COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections are becoming more common with the highly contagious omicron variant surging across the country. 

If there is any good news, it's that the combination of vaccination plus natural immunity from infection does appear to provide an extra defense against the virus.

"You do have some kind of 'super immunity''', said Dr. Anna Wald,  head of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. Read more

Washington Board of Health launches survey on COVID vaccine requirement for students

The Washington State Board of Health is asking for parents and caregivers to give feedback about whether the state should add the COVID-19 vaccine as a school requirement.

The Board of Health launched a survey that includes five questions related to the idea of a vaccine requirement for public schools and daycares. It’s part of the work of a technical advisory group that is working to review the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Washington restaurateurs make pitch for another round of federal funding

Several Washington state restaurant owners made a pitch Tuesday that there should be another round of revitalization grants after the original package left out hundreds of businesses. 

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell led a roundtable of restauranteurs as a way to garner support for additional funding in upcoming budget bills.

A $29 billion program, which was part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, dried up quickly. Read more

Tacoma delays posting updates on Manuel Ellis investigation

The City of Tacoma tweeted that new updates to the Manuel Ellis murder investigation would be announced during a public study session Tuesday. 

But when the time came, council members stated that updates with the investigation will be put on hold for the next few weeks so incoming Police Chief Avery Moore can be brought up to speed.

The council didn’t provide an exact date of when the updates will resume. Read more

Burlington woman seeking owner of bracelet from the 1960s

A Burlington woman is asking for help to find the owner of a bracelet that might mean the world to the family missing it.

"I see a journey that someone took and I'd just like to return it to that person," Lorri Garske said.

Garske is now going on her own journey to reunite this bracelet to its rightful owner. Read more

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