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Gov. Inslee to hold in-person press conference on COVID response

Rachel La CorteOLYMPIA, Wash. — On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee will be holding an in-person to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be joined by State Department of Health secretary Umair Shah, MD, and executive director of external affairs Nick Streuli. It will happen at 10:30 a.m. and will be livestreamed by TVW. RELATED: 9…

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the spread of the more infectious delta variant.

Yakima Fire Department to buy 2 new fire trucks

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima City Council has approved the purchase of two new pumper fire trucks to replace some of the city's aging fire apparatus. The council approved the plan July 20 to buy the trucks, which will cost…

COVID-19 Comeback: Local health districts report cases rising

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Several health districts from Washington and Oregon came out Tuesday with new information showing COVID variants are taking hold, powering local infection spikes. RELATED: Washington’s COVID infections are trending back up as vaccination rates slow RELATED: CDC…

Rep. McMorris Rodgers slams CDC’s new mask guidance, claims it ‘undermines vaccine confidence’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) released a statement claiming the Centers for Disease Control’s updated guidance on masking “undermines vaccine confidence.”  The CDC on Tuesday recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors when in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of COVID-19. The updated guidance comes as the Delta variant rages across the United States.  A…

Feds issue big fine to 2 Yakima County fruit companies

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The federal government has issued big fines against two Yakima County fruit companies for missing the annual deadline for filing forms reporting that their facilities store anhydrous ammonia. Stadelman Fruit LLC was fined $238,875 by the…

Tri-Cities COVID count: 326 new cases in three days

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Benton-Franklin Health District on Monday released new data showing more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area since Friday. Here is the three-day count: Benton County: 201 new cases Franklin County: 125 new…