Coronavirus

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…

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,…

Badger Mountain Elementary staff member tests positive for COVID-19

RICHLAND, Wash. - A member of Badger Mountain Elementary's staff has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from the Richland School District sent out to parents this morning. The district says that custodial staff will thoroughly clean any…

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…

Lourdes sets up overflow COVID-19 screening tent

PASCO, Wash. – Lourdes Health set up an additional COVID-19 screening tent outside the emergency department on Monday morning. According to Lisa Larson with Lourdes Health, the tent is meant for overflow screening. If the emergency room area starts to…

Texas moves to ban most abortions during outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The governor and attorney general of Texas are moving to ban most abortions in the state during the coronavirus outbreak, declaring they don’t qualify as essential surgeries. Attorney General Ken Paxton said Monday that the order…

Tensions rise as $2 trillion virus aid stalls in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown…

Gov. Kate Brown orders Oregonians to stay home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregonians to stay home Monday and banned all non-essential gatherings no matter how small to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus after crowds of people descended on the state's…