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Hospitals spent the weekend scrambling to identify and replace counterfeit N95 respirators after learning Friday that fraudulent personal protective equipment (PPE) had been distributed throughout … more
Gov. Jay Inslee Monday put his signature on a bill that slashes a scheduled hike in unemployment insurance for businesses and also expands jobless benefits and protections during the … more
The outlook seemed almost rosy when Dr. Joshua Schiffer and his colleagues set out to determine how factors like vaccination rate, vaccine effectiveness and social distancing might combine to bring … more
After difficulty navigating a fragmented network of COVID-19 vaccine providers, local seniors will soon benefit from a county-run mobile clinic program, as well as a centralized hotline to get … more
Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and 10 of her Republican colleagues urged the President Joe Biden Administration to work with lawmakers from both parties to … more
Lewis County surpassed 3,000 COVID-19 cases last week since the first patient diagnosis on March 15 of last year. The county’s total is now 3,018 after 20 additional cases were announced Friday. … more
On Monday, Feb. 1, lawmakers in the Washington state House of Representatives voted on a bill that would spend $2.2 billion of federal funds on COVID-19 relief.State Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, … more
Lewis County Superior Court will be resuming jury trials starting on Monday, March 1.The trials will be held in two off-site locations as well as Superior Court on the fourth floor of the Lewis … more
Dozens of Washington hospitals have learned that N95 respirator masks believed to be purchased from 3M are knockoffs and were not manufactured by the company. After receiving notice from 3M about … more
Kroger, the grocery chain that owns QFC and Fred Meyer, said Friday it will offer employees a one-time $100 payment after they receive the coronavirus vaccine. Employees who cannot get the vaccine … more
Thurston County reported 48 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but no new deaths, data from Thurston County Public Health & Social Services show. So far this week, 120 new cases have … more
Washington state’s efforts to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 appears to be growing, as state leaders say that the capacity is there to meet their goals for administering doses, as long … more
The Oakville School District gymnasium operated as a COVID-19 vaccination site for about 50 Oakville and Rochester School District employees on Friday. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis … more
Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. “Everybody can have a rational argument against what we’re … more
When James Alford starts talking about the COVID regulations farmers have to abide by, he starts getting frustrated. "The problem is that when you read the rules that are written, they weren't … more
New unemployment claims in Washington state fell slightly last week, the fourth decline in as many weeks, but the overall labor market remains "fragile," a state economist said. Washingtonians … more
The word from Washington state health officials: No Super Bowl parties this weekend, please. On Thursday, officials from the state Department of Health noted the strain of staying ahead of the … more
Washington has now administered 770,000 vaccine doses for the new coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday, and the state is ready to give many more shots once the federal government can … more
Amid a county- and statewide struggle to get Washington’s aging population — especially those with limited internet access or capabilities — vaccinated against COVID-19, Lewis County officials … more
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services reported nine new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total since March to 2,954. The death toll stands at 37. Of Tuesday’s cases, three … more
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