Richland bridal store donates 40 garment bags to be used for homemade masks, filters

RICHLAND, Wash. — When the owner of Amy’s Bridal Boutique in Richland posted on Facebook Monday morning, she was not expecting the response they got. “Overwhelming,” she said. Amy Morris said she found out through a network of bridal shop owners that the garment bags they use for wedding dresses could be used to make masks or filters. “We had…

4,000+ people filed for unemployment in the Tri-Cities last week

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – The Employment Security Department of Washington state is getting flooded with unemployment claims. Last week, Washingtonians submitted 133,464 new claims, which was an increase of 119,310 claims from the week before. About 4,000 Benton County residents filed a claim last week. In addition, 1,100 Franklin County and 720 Walla Walla County residents submitted claims. “We’ve had a…

‘We don’t work, we don’t eat’: Informal workers face stark choices as Africa’s largest megacity shuts down

How will Africa’s most populous nation cope with an outbreak? CNN’s Stephanie Busari visited the isolation center in Lagos where cases are being treated. Many countries in Africa are imposing lockdowns on their citizens as they race to curb the spread of coronavirus. But it has further highlighted the wide gulf between rich and poor, as it becomes apparent that…

5 things to know for March 31: Coronavirus, health, economy, trans rights, Hungary

A spring break for warmth for parts of the South will be ushered in by a line of storms today which will produce strong winds and possibly hail or an isolated tornado. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the timing and how long this cooler weather will last.Here’s something to look forward to: The Tokyo Olympics have a brand new date….

90-year-old Kirkland woman survives coronavirus and shares message

Q13 NewsKIRKLAND, Wash. — 90-year-old great, great, grandmother Geneva Wood is providing so many people hope – at a time we all could use some. She beat coronavirus and has a message for all of us. Wood has been on one scary journey. She suffered a stroke the day after Christmas and ended up at the Life Care Center of…

Staying breezy with a spotty shower Tuesday -Kristin

Happy Tuesday! There will be a little relief from the winds today. Not as windy, but winds could gust up to 25 MPH at times. Keeping things unsettled around the Pacific Northwest. Watch out for a spotty rain shower today especially by afternoon and evening. Mountain snow showers continue today with a Winter Weather Advisory in place for the Cascades,…

Study: Social distancing seems to be helping in King County

SEATTLE (AP) — Public health officials and researchers said Monday social distancing appears to be helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Seattle area, where many of the first U.S. deaths occurred, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that the public still needs to be prepared for the state’s current two-week stay-at-home order to be extended. Dr. Jeff Duchin,…

More than a dozen COVID-19 cases at psychiatric hospital

Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.SEATTLE (AP) — At least 12 workers and four patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital have tested positive for the new coronavirus and one patient has died from the disease, officials said Monday. The 85-year-old Western State Hospital patient tested positive on March 21 and died last Thursday, the Washington Department of Social and…

Healthcare workers falling ill amid lack of protections

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Confronted with a lack of protective equipment, healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients are reusing masks that are supposed to be used once and then discarded and are even making their own — and more are getting infected. Twelve staffers at Oregon Health and Science University have tested positive for COVID-19, said Danny Jacobs, the president of…

Virus: Firefighters ask public to be honest if they’re sick

SEATTLE (AP) — Firefighters and first responders in Washington state are seeking donations of protective gear and ask the public to be honest about their symptoms when they call for help so that workers can prepare. People may not be forthcoming or truthful about their condition and fail report a fever or cough when they call 911. For this reason,…

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread voting by mail — to protect the November election. But Democrats’ hopes for using the crisis to expand voting by mail face firm Republican opposition, as…

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing. But standing in the Rose Garden, Birx also mentioned another model, created independently, that “ended up at the same numbers.” That analysis, which is publicly…

‘Take the corona back you ******’: Yakima police investigate racist graffiti at Asian buffet

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police are investigating the vandalization of a local Asian buffet after someone left spray-painted racist graffiti on their wall. Police were called about 12:45 p.m. Monday to reports that the Minado Buffet, 501 N. Front St. had been vandalized. The buffet serves a variety of Japanese, Chinese and Korean foods. Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely said…

John Krasinski and Steve Carell gave us a mini ‘The Office’ reunion

Actors John Krasinski and Steve Carell reunited on Krasinki’s new YouTube show “Some Good News” and reminisced about their favorite scenes and moments from the workplace comedy.Bless you John Krasinski for bringing us “Some Good News.”That’s the title of Krasinski’s new YouTube show in which he tries to lift our spirits during the pandemic by launching “a good news network.””John…

Good Samaritan calls 911 on Pasco burglary suspects, leading to arrests

PASCO, Wash. — Police arrested two burglary suspects in Pasco thanks to a vigilant citizen who called 911 on them Sunday evening. Police said the 911 caller was driving in the 600 block of S. Owen Ave. when they witnessed one person trying to pry open the front door of an apartment while the other acted as a lookout. The…

‘There’s no blueprint’ – Virus upends college recruiting

After Michigan lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the women’s Big Ten Tournament, coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff immediately hit the road. They intended to take advantage of a full week off before the NCAA Tournament by making visiting as many potential recruits as possible.

The Good Stuff: Aquarium puppies, a Zoom wedding and a flower photo swap

Adoptable puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society explore the Georgia Aquarium as it remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of people have this idea that you need to be accomplishing something to make the most of your free time, even if it’s time you only have because you literally can’t go anywhere or do…

Gov. Inslee, law enforcement announce measures to enforce WA stay-at-home order

  OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee, along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state police chiefs, announced steps that will be taken by local law enforcement should people or businesses be found violating the recent Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Inslee said the focus will remain on education throughout the tenure of the order, which he reiterated could be…

‘I Love Rock and Roll’ co-writer dies of virus complications

Alan MerrillNEW YORK (AP) — Alan Merrill — who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett — died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 69. Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in the morning. “I was given…

Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo on hand washing

NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on. The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing. One of Elmo’s signature songs,…

West Richland woman donates hand-sewn masks to local police

Photos: WRPDWEST RICHLAND, Wash. – A West Richland woman is going above and beyond to provide protective equipment for the men and women of the West Richland Police Department. According to their staff, a woman named Collette donated hand sewn masks with medical grade filters inside them and made enough for everyone in their office. “Thank you Collette,” the department…