Coronavirus

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed…

Alaska records first virus death of resident in Washington

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has recorded its first death from the coronavirus, state officials said Tuesday evening. Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s chief medical officer, said the elderly person in a high risk group contracted the virus and died…

Washington state's stay-at-home order at a glance

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary and for non-essential businesses to close for at least…

Washington considers pot shops 'essential' during stay-at-home order

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington's marijuana shops will not be forced to close under Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order to prevent spreading of COVID-19. The order, which immediately banned gatherings and unnecessary activities for at least two weeks starting Monday, requires…

Fred Meyer installing plexiglass partitions to checkout lanes

Fred Meyer is installing plexiglass partitions to all store checkout lanes in order to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak. "Many of our stores are beginning the installation process this week, and we anticipate every checklane having a partition,…

3 new coronavirus cases in Tri-Cities area, bringing total to 19

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- The Benton-Franklin Health District on Tuesday announced three new coronavirus cases in the Tri-Cities area, bringing the total to 19. So far, there have been 12 cases in Benton County and seven in Franklin County. Of those…

Ford is working with 3M and GE to make respirators and ventilators

Ford announced Tuesday that it's working with 3M and GE Healthcare to produce medical equipment and protective gear for healthcare workers to help address shortages in the fight against the coronavirus.Healthcare workers around the country have expressed concern about difficulties…

Franklin County closes offices amid coronavirus outbreak

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Franklin County is taking added precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including closes offices to the public except for appointments. "Franklin County initiated changes over the past week in closing or partially closing offices, restricting public access,…

Yakama Nation issues stay-at-home order

YAKAMA RESERVATION, Wash. - The Yakama Nation Tribal Council Executive Committee has officially issued a stay-at-home order for all residents because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" means residents can only leave their home for necessities, or…

The Latest: Trump order makes it crime to stockpile supplies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order making it a crime to excessively stockpile personal protective equipment that is needed by medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has already…

Volunteers sew masks for health workers facing shortages

CHICAGO (AP) — Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy’s Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks.…

First Yakima County resident dies from COVID-19

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Health District has reported its first COVID-19 death in the county, and the number of cases have also increased. The resident was an elderly person who lived at a long-term care facility. Their gender and…