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Richland Police addressing school bus laws and safety

RICHLAND, Wash. -- School is back in session, which means school busses are hitting the road. The Richland Police Department posted a school bus informational graphic on their Facebook page, reminding residents when you need to stop for a school…

Seattle Children’s Hospital confirms 1st COVID-19 death

Seattle Children’s Hospital has confirmed its first patient death from COVID-19. The Seattle Times reports the announcement Tuesday comes as hospital leaders throughout the state warn of growing numbers of infections in children. Dr. John McGuire, chief of Seattle Children’s division of pediatrics critical care medicine, said in a statement that the patient died last week, “despite the extraordinary efforts of the care team.” He did not provide the child’s age or date of death. 

Oregon to require masks indoors for K-12 schools

The state of Oregon will require students and staff in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors come fall. Governor Kate Brown’s announcement Thursday follows this week’s updated national mask guidance in schools and a spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon, due to the highly transmissible delta variant. In a statement from the Oregon Department of Education officials say they are working to create a rule requiring face coverings in all indoor school settings — both public and private — for all individuals two years and older. This includes students, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors. Officials say the rule will take effect upon adoption, but the exact date is unclear.