County joins regional group in reopening plan

Island County has joined San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties following new state guidance.

Coupeville School District approves reopening plan

Some students could be back in class on Feb. 1.

Oak Harbor school board adopts decision matrix for older grades

Students in grades 7-12 could be back to hybrid in-person learning in early February.

State health officer temporarily helping county

Dr. Lindquist has been serving on an emergency basis since Dec. 31 and will continue until Jan. 20.

Board to consider hiring public health officer

Officials will meet Wednesday to hire a new public health officer to replace one who quit.

Officials: There is no vaccine waitlist on Whidbey

Vaccines will be given out according to the state’s distribution plan, not by a community list.

County sales tax receipts showing a big increase

September sales tax receipts were 20 percent higher than the same month a year ago.

State takes over COVID tracing from county

Several staff from Island County Public Health quit, so state contact tracers have stepped in.

First Vaccine, Dr. Nick Perera

ER medical director is first to get vaccine on Whidbey

The hospital’s plan is to vaccinate about 1,600 of the high-risk health care workers in 14 days.

First Vaccine, Dr. Nick Perera

First vaccinations begin Thursday with island healthcare workers

Vaccines for COVID-19 are expected to be available at WhidbeyHealth this week for healthcare workers.

Teachers voice concerns over plan to reopen schools

The Oak Harbor School Board approved a modified plan for Pre-K through sixth grade classes.

Oak Harbor School Board votes to change reopening plan

School leaders pressed to bring students back inside buildings when classes resume in January.

County records 207 new COVID cases, six deaths in three weeks

First round of vaccinations to begin Dec. 28 for health care, first responders.

Hospital, county prepping for COVID vaccine

Island County may be near the front of the line for new vaccines.

Island school districts likely returning to remote learning

Increasing case numbers in the county have school officials considering a move to at-home learning.

COVID-19 outbreak being investigated at Regency

18 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a long-term care facility in Oak Harbor.

Superior court trial rescheduled because of COVID exposure

A domestic assault trial was delayed after a defense attorney was exposed someone with COVID-19.

As COVID cases rise, businesses respond to new state restrictions

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase sharply across the county and state, Whidbey Island has also been experiencing an escalation of the virus. At… Continue reading

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Navy woman arranging letters to send to seniors increasingly isolated by pandemic

While visiting a fundraiser at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care, Mackenzie Ball learned that some seniors had not received visitors since February. She said… Continue reading

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COVID-19 numbers rising, but remain below those of surrounding counties

Health officials are also planning for future vaccine distribution.