Coronavirus

All Washington schools K-12 to close until April 24

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday expanded school closures and prohibited large gatherings across all of Washington in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus while health officials reportedat least five new deaths and more…

PNNL staff member being tested for COVID-19

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced Friday that a staff member who has been experiencing respiratory illness is undergoing testing for COVID-19. "The test results will not be available until next week, but as a precaution we…

Third COVID-19 case in Yakima County

UPDATE: Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all K-12 schools statewide to be closed March 17 to April 24.  YAKIMA, Wash. --  During a press conference Friday morning, a third confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was announced in Yakima County…

Central Washington State Fair events canceled through March

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- After Yakima County and the City of Yakima declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19, the Central Washington State Fair events are being canceled this month. Effective immediately, all State Fair Park events are canceled…

Orlando Bloom coming home to self-quarantine

(CNN) -- According to Orlando Bloom, the coronavirus has him headed back to the US. The actor posted a video on his Instagram stories Thursday revealing that he and the cast of his Amazon series "Carnival Row" are leaving Prague…

Hanford employee being tested for novel coronavirus

HANFORD, Wash. — The Department of Energy has stated that a Hanford employee is being tested for COVID-19. The employee had access to the office building located at 3170 George Washington Way. It’s been restricted as a precaution until it’s…

Disneyland closes due to coronavirus outbreak

Disney is closing Disneyland, its flagship theme park in Anaheim, California, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The closure of Disneyland follows the company shuttering some of its parks overseas because of the virus. Disney's theme parks in Shanghai and Hong…

Visitation at Washington state correctional facilities suspended

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Starting on March 13, the Department of Corrections will suspend visitation at all of Washington state's correctional facilities due to the coronavirus. In a press release, they're also working on extra screening protocols for employees, inmates and…

Water2Wine Cruises feeling small impact from coronavirus concerns

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Businesses in the Tri-Cities are feeling the impact of novel coronavirus concerns. Water2Wine Cruises said a corporate event postponed their cruise because some businesses won't let their employees travel due to restrictions. Senior bookings have also dipped…

Yakima County, City of Yakima declare state of emergency over COVID-19

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Commissioners declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon in Yakima County after two residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The decision was described as a critical step to ensure the county receives enough funding to…

NCAA cancels March Madness over coronavirus concerns

The NCAA has canceled Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments and all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. The announcement follows the suspensions of the NHL season and MLB spring training amid coronavirus concerns. This is a developing…