Working Past COVID: Tri-City Mayors look back

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – A little over a year ago, COVID-19 cases were being reported in Benton, Franklin and Yakima County. For Kennewick Mayor Don Britain, the news of the outbreak was concerning, but he like many others didn’t believe it would impact so much of his daily routine for as long as it has. The only thing he could reference to imagine what was coming was the previous pandemic 12 years ago.

“Even if we go back to the H1N1 health crisis back in 2009, that did not compare to this,” Mayor Britain said. “Shutting down our city offices to the public was big deal. Because in the country we live in, public input is a huge part of that.”