Coronavirus

Fifth COVID-19 case reported in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Another person in Walla Walla has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is a man in his 70s and is a Walla Walla resident. According to officials, he had close contact with another person who tested…

COVID-19 claims 13th death in Oregon

OREGON -- The Oregon Health Authority announced the 13th death Saturday morning. The 93-year-old male from Yahmill County tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18, and passed away on March 27 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. The OHA reported that…

Oregon gas stations are now offering self-service

OREGON -- The Office of State Fire Marshal has suspended enforcement of gas station self-service regulations in response to COVID-19. Effective March 28, until April 11, retail facilities of Class 1 flammable liquid transportation fuels that prohibit self-service should implement…

Kwik Lok donates mask-making supplies to Yakima hospital

YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima-based business with an international reach is looking to help out local healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing much-needed mask-making supplies. Kwik Lok — one of the world’s leading suppliers of bag closures for…

FDA clears test that can quickly detect coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new rapid test from Abbott Laboratories, which the company says can detect the coronavirus in about 5 minutes. Medical device maker Abbott announced the emergency clearance of its…

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families…

School zone lights reprogrammed for students picking up lunch

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Though schools are out right now, school zone beacons are still flashing. According to a Facebook post by the City of Richland, the lights have been reprogrammed for the lunch hour so students may safely get to…

US coronavirus cases top 92,000, most in world

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus infections even after a spike of new cases reported in Italy. According to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has more than 92,000…

Solar Spirits asks for isopropyl alcohol donations for hand sanitizer

RICHLAND, Wash. -- During the coronavirus outbreak, local distillery Solar Spirits has channeled their creative energy into making hand sanitizer instead of specialty vodka, but they need the community's help to continue. Jim Batdorf, master distiller at Solar Spirits, sent…

Virus shutdowns cause big spike in Washington jobless claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state was among several states that saw a surge in claims for unemployment benefits as businesses started to temporarily close under state-mandated orders to slow the spread of coronavirus. Numbers released Thursday by the U.S.…

Construction workers question Inslee's new order

UPDATE: On Friday, McKay stated that he has stopped operations at all of his sites. --- KENNEWICK, Wash. – Orders from Governor Jay Inslee regarding the coronavirus have seem pretty simple: “Stay home, stay healthy.” But his order for construction…

McDelivery temporarily removes delivery fee for Uber Eats and DoorDash

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Although restaurants and dining areas are closed due to COVID-19, McDonald's is continuing to serve customers through their drive-thru, carry-out and McDelivery options. From Mar. 24 through Apr. 6, McDelivery will be offering $0 delivery fee for…

Idaho COVID-19 cases increase by over 50%

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Idaho has jumped by more than 50% Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Gov. Brad Little announced a statewide stay-at-home order. According to a running count kept by…