A few complaints over a gay pride decoration were all it took to close down a beloved Woodinville tradition.
As part of a series of events that went viral last week after social media posts were picked up by a local TV station, the city of Woodinville Monday cleared decorations from the fish sculpture at the corner of Woodinville Way and the Woodinville-Duvall Road. City Manager Brandon Buchanan also declared that no more decorations would be allowed at the site, ending a longstanding tradition in the city.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected from its original: the next full meeting of negotiators from the school district and the teachers' union will take place Aug. 15.
There’s still no firm date for when students in the Northshore School District will be heading back to class this fall – but things are looking promising for union negotiations that have so far blocked getting the date set.
A young woman from Snohomish County has tested positive for the Zika virus, according to results released to the Snohomish Health District. She had recently traveled to Ecuador, one of the areas known to have mosquitos infected with the Zika virus.
While she is not pregnant and no longer exhibiting symptoms, the Snohomish Health District is working closely with her health care provider to ensure that she follows CDC guidelines. For women, this includes preventing pregnancy for eight weeks after symptom onset. Zika has been linked to increased risk of birth defects in pregnant women, as the virus can be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or birth.
The virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. While this species is not currently in Washington, people who travel to and from areas where Zika is spreading can return with the illness. Men can transmit Zika through sexual contact. In general, women who may have been exposed are advised to wait at least eight weeks before attempting to conceive. Men who have been exposed through travel or have tested positive for Zika are encouraged to either abstain from sexual contact or use condoms for up to six months after testing positive.
The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.