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National Guard gears up for COVID vaccine distribution; Do COVID notification apps work; COVID death stats in Washington; Need for federal aid; New Alzheimer's test

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Alaska Airlines, WA National Guard to take part in COVID vaccine rollout

The Washington National Guard says that it is standing by for any request from the Washington State Department of Health or the U.S. Department of Defense to help in the logistics of distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. 

The National Guard can supply helicopters, trucks and other equipment. Alaska Airlines is helping distribute and store the vaccines.

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Do COVID-19 phone notifications work?

On Monday, Washington state announced a COVID tracking app.

Several states have already been using COVID-19 phone notification apps for months, and while low participation is still a concern, some of the results are encouraging.

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More than 50% of Washington's COVID deaths linked to long-term care facilities

Long-term care facilities are associated with more than 50% of Washington state coronavirus deaths but 6% of the state’s overall cases, according to a report released by the state department of health. 

The report found that 9,606 cases and 1,420 deaths are associated to these facilities as of Nov. 23.

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Need for food services surging in Snohomish County 

Across Snohomish County, the number of meals served by Meals on Wheels workers has increased by 216% since spring. 

Federal funds that supported Meals on Wheels are scheduled to expire later this month. The future of that funding remains unknown.

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New blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's comes with a caveat

A new test that can detect the likelihood of Alzheimer's is gaining popularity.

Right now, the blood test is only available to those age 60 and older with symptoms of dementia. While this is promising technology, the Alzheimer's Association isn't coming out in support of it.

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