Coronavirus

School closures for Monday, March 16

 Tri-Cities-area School Districts (1) • Richland Sch. Dist. - All schools closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. Visit www.rsd.edu to read a message from district leaders and detailed updates. Posted: Sun. 15th, 11:57 AM • Kiona-Benton City: Closed  Yakima-area School Districts (9) • East Valley…

Fact-checking the Sanders v. Biden Democratic debate

Welcome to CNN's fact check coverage of the eleventh Democratic presidential debate from Washington, DC, ahead of the nation's third super Tuesday, where primaries will be held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio on March 17.In a debate hosted by…

Gov. Inslee says bars and restaurants will be closed for two weeks

UPDATE: Inslee said Monday that bars and restaurants will remain closed for two weeks.  OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Sunday night that he will sign an emergency proclamation tomorrow to close all restaurants, bars and…

COVID-19 concerns hits grocery stores

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The demand for groceries is extremely high. Shelves are bare and some families are still looking for food. Multiple stores are out of items such as bread, milk,…

Yakima School District closing all schools on Monday

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima School District will now close on Monday instead of Tuesday. The district said the change is to "enforce social distancing due to COVID-19." Schools were expected to close on the day the governor's executive order…

Taco Bell may close dining rooms because of coronavirus

Taco Bell said Saturday the fast-food chain is considering closing dining rooms amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Chief Executive Officer Mark King said in a statement that the company is equipping U.S. locations to provide food via drive-thru windows or deliveries, as more…

Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday, according to a government official. The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, the official said,…

Oregon Health Authority: 39 COVID-19 cases reported

PORTLAND, Ore. – 39 people in the state of Oregon have tested positive for COVID-19. Most recently, three new cases came back positive. One is in Yamhill County, another in Deschutes and the last one in Linn. The ones in…

Second DOC employee tests positive for COVID-19

Olympia, Wash. – The Department of Corrections has reported another positive COVID-19 test for one of their employees. They said the employee works on the third floor at their headquarters. They tested positive on March 13 and was last in…

Mattawa priest hospitalized at Kadlec for COVID-19

UPDATE (2:20 p.m.) -- The Grant County Health District said the man hospitalized had foreign travel prior to his illness. They said the man in his 40s has not been linked to other cases. YAKIMA, Wash. – Rev. Alejandro “Alex” Trejo,…

Two COVID-19 clinics opening in Yakima, hospital says

YAKIMA, Wash. – Virginia Mason Memorial hospital has repurposed the Creekside HealthyNow clinic for COVID-19 evaluations. According to the hospital, people who are experiencing novel coronavirus symptoms can go to healthynowclinic.com or call (509) 225-4669 the clinic to set up…

Washington state coronavirus death toll hits 40

SEATTLE (AP) — The death toll from the new coronavirus in Washington state jumped to 40 on Saturday when King County health officials reported three new fatalities — two from the nursing home that’s been the epicenter of the outbreak.…