As an Online Editor/Producer at KUOW, Liz writes and edits stories for kuow.org.
Before joining the KUOW newsroom in January 2020, Liz covered education for Crosscut/KCTS 9. She is also an alumna of YES! Magazine, WLWT-TV, and The Cincinnati Herald. Additionally, her work has appeared in USA Today and Rewire.News. Liz is the current president of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists.
Liz was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. A violinist, Liz originally started her college career thinking she'd become a music teacher. But after befriending a journalism major at the University of Cincinnati, she was inspired to pursue a career in news instead.
When she's not busy with the news, Liz enjoys roller skating, traveling, working out, and doting on her Yorkie puppy.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Seattle Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Ida B. Wells Society
Starting Friday, Washingtonians can order free, at-home Covid tests online from the state Department of Health. Each household in Washington is eligible to receive one kit of the rapid antigen tests, available in packs of four to five tests. Officials say residents who order them can expect to receive them within two weeks.
After several weeks of skyrocketing Covid infections, Washington state health officials say this latest surge – which is driven by the omicron variant and has shattered pandemic records – is showing indicators of a drop-off.
Since the highly-infectious omicron variant was discovered in Washington state last month, health officials have warned that a surge in cases could cause hospitals to become severely overwhelmed. Health care workers say that moment is now here.
Class will not be in session for Seattle Public Schools on Monday, Jan. 3. Instead of reopening as originally planned, the district will temporarily convert its schools into Covid-19 testing sites for students and staff. School will resume for students in-person on Tuesday.
Starting Jan. 4, Covid testing through UW Medicine's sites will be limited to people who present with symptoms or have had contact with a known Covid case until further notice.
The Washington State Department of Health has updated its Covid quarantine guidance, advising people who test positive for the disease to isolate for just five days instead of the previously recommended 10 days.
Covid hospitalizations are also on the rise in King County after declining last week. Hospitalizations have gone up nearly 50% over the past seven days, with a daily average of 11 new hospitalizations.
King County reported 2,879 new Covid cases on Thursday — the most new daily cases documented since the pandemic started. New cases of the disease more than quadrupled between Wednesday and Thursday in King County, which has seen a 169% increase in cases over the past week.
Covid cases have spiked sharply in King County within a week, increasing 121% over the past seven days. Hospitalizations are down, however. Omicron is likely becoming the dominant strain in King County, but more testing is needed to confirm.
As the holidays approach and indoor gatherings increase, so does the risk of Covid spread. Officials are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks, and avoid poorly ventilated spaces – especially as omicron begins to make its rounds. Signs point toward community spread of the strain being underway.