Citing delta variant, Washington state urges indoor masks

Washington state’s top epidemiologist is recommending that everyone wear a mask or face covering in crowded indoor places because of the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant -- even if they have been vaccinated. Dr. Scott Lindquist said Friday the state is seeing a “fifth wave” of the new coronavirus that is sending more people to the hospital. The state saw 2,572 new cases reported for Wednesday, July 21, compared with 750 seven days earlier. The state Department of Health reports that about 350 people statewide are hospitalized with COVID-19, which is roughly half the figure for earlier waves of the pandemic.

Ellensburg veteran wins $100,000 through WA vaccine lottery

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A former Coast Guardsman from Kittitas County won a $100,000 grand prize through “A Heroes Thanks;” a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program for Washington state veterans through the Governor's Office and Washington's Lottery. The winner is Mark W.,…

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic's shadow

This year's Eid al-Adha, or the "Feast of Sacrifice," comes as many countries battle the delta variant, prompting some to impose new restrictions or appeal for people to avoid congregating.