Coronavirus

Visitation at Washington state correctional facilities suspended

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Starting on March 13, the Department of Corrections will suspend visitation at all of Washington state's correctional facilities due to the coronavirus. In a press release, they're also working on extra screening protocols for employees, inmates and…

Water2Wine Cruises feeling small impact from coronavirus concerns

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Businesses in the Tri-Cities are feeling the impact of novel coronavirus concerns. Water2Wine Cruises said a corporate event postponed their cruise because some businesses won't let their employees travel due to restrictions. Senior bookings have also dipped…

Yakima County, City of Yakima declare state of emergency over COVID-19

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Commissioners declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon in Yakima County after two residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The decision was described as a critical step to ensure the county receives enough funding to…

NCAA cancels March Madness over coronavirus concerns

The NCAA has canceled Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments and all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. The announcement follows the suspensions of the NHL season and MLB spring training amid coronavirus concerns. This is a developing…

Fake COVID-19 live map circulating on the internet

Local law enforcement agencies are warning the community about a fake website, pretending to give live mapping updates about the novel coronavirus. West Richland and Richland police departments have posted photos of the malicious website on their Facebook pages. The…

MLS shutting down for 30 days due to coronavirus

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Major League Soccer is shutting down for 30 days because of the coronavirus, delaying the home opener for the expansion team co-owned by former England captain David Beckham. MLS Commissioner says the decision was based…

Congressional staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Washington (CNN) — An employee in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the first publicly known case of a congressional staffer with the disease. A statement from Cantwell’s offices said the staffer had no…

Two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Yakima County

YAKIMA, Wash.--- The Yakima Health District was informed on the evening of March 11, 2020 that test results from the Washington State Department of Health Public Health Lab determined that there are two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in…

Governor Kate Brown announces orders on COVID-19 in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Governor Kate Brown announced urgent new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The following measures are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon public health experts, epidemiologists, and…

Tom Hanks, wife test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK — Tom Hanks and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday. Hanks said the couple were in Australia and felt tired, with colds, body aches and slight…

Kittitas County announces second confirmed case of coronavirus

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- The Kittitas County Public Health Department announced Wednesday that a second county resident has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Health officials say the patient is a family member of a 67-year-old woman who tested positive…

KSD: Students should stay home 72 hours after fever is gone

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Per new guidelines from local health officials, the Kennewick School District says if a child has a fever, parents should keep them home for 72 hours after symptoms go away. The Washington Department of Health and the…