Coronavirus update: Positivity declines nearly 2%

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Public health officials from the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) announced updated coronavirus positivity rates from the CBC West testing site in addition to updates to the bi-county case count. According to the BFHD, Benton County added just…

Johnson & Johnson vaccine authorized by Northwest multi-state review group

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The group _ comprised of public health experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada _ was created last year  to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states. Their decision on the latest vaccine comes after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization for the vaccine. An estimated 60,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to arrive in the state this week.

Coronavirus update: 55 cases added, vaccine doses increase

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Public health officials at the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) released their daily update on the local coronavirus metrics for Tuesday, March 2, 2021. That included updated hospitalization rates and additions to the total case count for the…