OLYMPIA, Wash., December 24, 2021 – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Thursday announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. It is uncertain which variant he has but, according to Ferguson, he is experiencing COVID symptoms.

Ferguson began experiencing symptoms on Sunday, December 19, and is currently isolating with his family. Ferguson, who is vaccinated, expressed that he is feeling better and looking forward to getting a booster shot.

“This evening, I received word that I tested positive for COVID-19. I have been isolating at home since I began experiencing symptoms on Sunday. My family and I will continue to isolate per public health guidelines.

“While the timing is unfortunate, and I’m disappointed to miss Christmas with family, I’m grateful to be vaccinated and managing my symptoms at home. I’m beginning to feel better and look forward to getting my booster shot.”

As of December 20, 4.9 million Washingtonians have been fully vaccinated or 75.6% of the population ages 12 and up. According to the Washington State Disease Reporting System, 30 percent of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Snohomish County are classified as COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases.

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Figure 13: COVID-19 case rates per 100,000 by month and vaccination status. Source: Snohomish Health District.

According to the Snohomish Health District, a COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough case is defined as a COVID-19 lab positive case in a person that is considered fully vaccinated (≥2 weeks after 2nd mRNA vaccine or 1st Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

On Wednesday, December 22, the FDA authorized Pfizer’s Paxlovid take-at-home pill for adults and children ages 12 and older with a positive COVID-19 test who experience symptoms.

Pfizer will ship tens of thousands of treatment courses in the U.S. before the end of this year, and hundreds of thousands at the start of 2022. The U.S. government has agreed to pay $5.29 billion to purchase 10 million treatment courses that Pfizer will deliver by the end of next year.

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Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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