Northwest News

Gov. Kate Brown orders Oregonians to stay home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home Monday and banned all non-essential gatherings no matter how small to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus after crowds of people descended on the state's…

Target apologizes for selling face masks amid shortage

SEATTLE (AP) — Target Corp. apologized Saturday for selling face masks in Seattle stores while hospitals face a dire shortage amid a growing coronavirus outbreak. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his office intervened when it received reports Saturday that the…

WSP quashes rumor about Washington border closure

The Washington State Patrol said Friday that state borders along Oregon and Idaho will not be closing despite circulating rumors. Trooper Chris Thorson tweeted that WSP offices and local 911 centers have been getting calls from people wanting to…

Safeway, Albertsons add 'sneeze guards' and expand senior hours

Safeway and Albertsons stores will be installing Plexiglas "sneeze guards" in their checkout lanes as a protective barrier between customers and checkers as an added precaution during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Albertsons Companies announced Friday. The sneeze guards will be…

Death toll from coronavirus up to 74 in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — The death toll in Washington state from the coronavirus increased to 74 on Thursday, and the number of cases topped 1,300, according to state health officials. King County reported four new deaths — bringing its total to…

Bicyclist dies in propane truck crash

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — A bicyclist was hit and killed by a propane truck on the Oregon coast in Florence, authorities said. The crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 126, KEZI-TV…

Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers

SEATTLE (AP) — Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. At least 30 coronavirus deaths have been linked…

Washington driver’s license offices closed this week

Washington Department of Licensing offices were closed Tuesday and will remain closed through Sunday night at the earliest to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The agency said employees will spend this week working to create social distancing measures…