Health

Walla Walla County now in Phase 2 of reopening plan

Walla Walla County has been granted a variance for reopening under Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan, county officials announced Wednesday morning. All businesses in the county prepared to follow Governor Jay Inslee’s guidelines are now allowed to reopen,…

UW Medicine to furlough about 4,000 workers

SEATTLE (AP) — UW Medicine announced furloughs of about 4,000 members of its unionized workforce in spite of the healthcare-system’s position at the forefront of COVID-19 response efforts both locally and globally. KOMO-TV reports the decision comes a week after…

Memorial Day tempts Americans outdoors, raising virus fears

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring…

Kittitas County: No word on Phase 2 until May 26

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Kittitas County will have to wait another week to see if it can move to Phase 2 of the governor's reopening plan. Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman told the Kittitas County Incident Management Team that the…

Independent filmmaker, Lynn Shelton, dies at 54

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed “Humpday” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” has died. She was 54. Shelton’s publicist, Adam Kersh, said in a statement Saturday that she died Friday in Los Angeles from an unidentified…

Coronavirus deaths reach 1,000 in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of deaths in Washington because of the coronavirus has reached 1,000, the Washington State Department of Health reported Saturday. The agency added eight more deaths and listed the total number of confirmed cases at 18,288.…