Coronavirus

Tri-Cities loses $4.3 million in visitor spending in March

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit every aspect of our society – including the economy. According to Visit Tri-Cities, $4.3 million in visitor spending has been lost since March. This is due to convention, conference and sports…

Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo on hand washing

NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on. The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots…

West Richland woman donates hand-sewn masks to local police

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A West Richland woman is going above and beyond to provide protective equipment for the men and women of the West Richland Police Department. According to their staff, a woman named Collette donated hand sewn masks…

Tri-City school districts begin distance learning plans on Monday

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – On March 30, school districts across the Tri-Cities will continue to teach children from a distance. According to the Kennewick School District, they’re starting a continuous distance learning plan with guidance from the Office of Superintendent of…

Yakima Co. hits 147 COVID-19 cases, third death reported

UPDATE (6:00 p.m.) — The Yakima Health District has reported 147 COVID-19 cases. Additionally, another person has died from the virus. Nine people are hospitalized and the rest are recovering at home. YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima County now has 100 COVID-19…

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…