‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

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‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

It’s tempting to think of the pandemic as something that occurred in the past, but the reality is that COVID-19 continues to be a significant burden in the United States. As of last November, there were more than 39,000 new cases, 3,000-lus hospitalizations, and about 350 deaths attributable to COVID-19 each day nationwide. Despite relatively low rates of COVID-19 in recent months in Pierce and King counties, serious cases and deaths are still occurring, and health officials urge the general public to keep their guard up and keep testing to help avoid spreading the virus and protect their own health.

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News

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Voters in three school districts in Pierce County and one King County school district are being asked to approve school funding measures in a special election in February.

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A place for seniors eyed for Key Peninsula

PenMet Parks is proposing two new recreational and community spots for the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area—one of them a senior center.

Lifestyles

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Food

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Adventures

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Health & Fitness

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Looking for some fitness and exercise programs designed especially for older adults?

Personal Finance/Consumers

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Social Security payments and how they might stack up in the future against the cost of living is the subject of a new study.