Coronavirus

Loose Bay Campground has been open to seasonal workers since May 1. The The Regional District of Okanagan-Simlkameen (RDOS) has taken numerous steps to ensure all necessary COVID-19 precautions are taken. (Anne Benn / RDOS)

COVID-19 precautions and testing in place for Loose Bay campers

In the event a camper tests positive quarantine to be facilitated by Interior Health and BC Housing

Loose Bay Campground has been open to seasonal workers since May 1. The The Regional District of Okanagan-Simlkameen (RDOS) has taken numerous steps to ensure all necessary COVID-19 precautions are taken. (Anne Benn / RDOS)
The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo

As Washington state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

A new report warns there may be billions of dollars less for programs and services in coming years.

The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo
Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo

Phased reopening in WA: Golf but no haircuts yet

Barber shops, hair salons and limited restaurant dining coming next month.

Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.

Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order through May 31

Officials urge the public to continue social distancing.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.

Gov. Inslee to extend stay-home order

He said he will lay out a clearer timeline for a phased reopening of the state Friday.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.
Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

Inslee to loosen restrictions on outdoor recreation: “Data, not dates, determine how we act”

Boat ramps, trailheads and golf courses can reopen with social-distancing measures in place.

Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo

Inslee gives construction a green light

It was unclear when sites would re-open, but employees will have to have PPE and stay six feet apart.

Construction worker installs siding to a building in Snoqualmie. File photo
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)

No one fails: School districts won’t give out Fs this year

State Superintendant Chris Reykdal said Wednesday the lowest grade a student can earn is an incomplete.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4

Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4

In a televised address, Jay Inslee announced a framework for a very gradual end to social lockdown.

Governor: Many COVID-19 restrictions to linger after May 4
Former COVID-19 patients’ plasma could help treat the virus

Former COVID-19 patients’ plasma could help treat the virus

Swedish Health Services is going through its bank of recovered patients and asking them to donate.

Former COVID-19 patients’ plasma could help treat the virus
Boeing to resume Washington airplane production next week

Boeing to resume Washington airplane production next week

More than 27,000 employees are expected to return to work at the Everett campus starting Monday.

Boeing to resume Washington airplane production next week
Construction at the intersection of Totem Lake Boulevard and NE 124th St. in Kirkland, WA, on Feb. 10, 2020. File photo

Inslee: We are not close, yet, to lifting restrictions

Governor warns lockdown may last a while, and builders offer path to freeing their industry now.

Construction at the intersection of Totem Lake Boulevard and NE 124th St. in Kirkland, WA, on Feb. 10, 2020. File photo
Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Inslee signs order to free hundreds of nonviolent prisoners

The state may release up to 950 inmates as officials look to prevent COVID-19 deaths behind bars.

Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)
First round of coronavirus stimulus checks arrive

First round of coronavirus stimulus checks arrive

The payments showed up in direct-deposit accounts this week. Couples get $2,400, plus $500 per kid.

First round of coronavirus stimulus checks arrive
Bellevue police town hall addresses racism stemming from COVID-19 outbreak

Bellevue police town hall addresses racism stemming from COVID-19 outbreak

The virtual meeting was also translated into Mandarin.

Bellevue police town hall addresses racism stemming from COVID-19 outbreak
Up to 950 inmates may be let out early amid COVID-19 concern

Up to 950 inmates may be let out early amid COVID-19 concern

After a protest at the Monroe prison, the state says it will take steps to thin populations immediately.

Up to 950 inmates may be let out early amid COVID-19 concern
First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19

The man is the first person in Washington to contract the disease while in a state prison.

First WA state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19
Students will not return to classrooms this school year

Students will not return to classrooms this school year

Monday’s decision applies to all schools — public, private and charter.

Students will not return to classrooms this school year
Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

New self-swab COVID-19 test is just as accurate, study finds

The study, under peer review, was led by an Everett Clinic doctor. It could speed up testing nationwide.

Drive-thru COVID-19 virus testing last week in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. A study by the University of Washington and UnitedHealth Group, conducted at Everett Clinic locations, found that a less-intrusive form of the coronavirus test would require fewer precautions by health care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing

Life Care in Kirkland facing more than $600K in fines for COVID-19 response

The facility has until Sept. 16 to pay or address areas of concern or it will be terminated.

Life Care Center (LCC) of Kirkland is facing more than $600,000 in fines for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in its facility. Samantha Pak/Sound Publishing
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