Tuesday, September 21, 2021


Keep up with all the fast-moving novel coronavirus news, particularly as it impacts the Columbia Basin.

Updated 12 hours, 19 minutes ago

Governor asks feds for medical staffing help; Samaritan sees severe challenges

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake hadn’t heard of any help on Monday.

Updated 4 days, 12 hours ago
COVID-19 still looms large for Samaritan

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake, like those throughout the country, continues to provide care for patients with COVID-19.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Hospitals, health district deal with COVID-19 surge

MOSES LAKE — Regional hospitals are dealing with an influx of patients with COVID-19, according to information from Samaritan Healthcare of Moses Lake and Co...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Hospital deals with COVID-19 surge

Samaritan’s chief medical officer, Dr. Andrea Carter, will have a free Zoom discussion at 10 a.m. Friday for anyone.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
Counts for COVID-19 continue

MOSES LAKE — The count of COVID-19 cases in the area continues, although the figures can differ depending where and when one looks.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
State mandate extends to 4-H volunteers, drawing objections

OLYMPIA — The requirement that all 4-H volunteers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 has some legislators concerned about the future of the program.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
DOH watches capacity as hospitalizations rise

The Washington State Department of Health said Wednesday it is watching hospital capacity across the state and addressing the need to stretch health care resources

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
Sip & Stroll rescheduled over safety concerns

MOSES LAKE — COVID-19 concerns have led to a decision to cancel this year’s Sip & Stroll event scheduled for Saturday.

Updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Counting COVID-19 cases continues, can be tricky to tally

The count of the number of people in Grant and Adams counties who have COVID-19 continues even though reporting COVID-19 deaths can be difficult.

Updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Employees in some organizations may face insurance surcharges

MOSES LAKE — An announcement Wednesday by Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines that it will charge a monthly surcharge for employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be a harbinger of things to come.

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Protest in Othello opposes mandates

OTHELLO — About 75 people gathered in front of the Othello School District office Monday evening to protest an order from Gov. Jay Inslee requiring most scho...

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Othello schools seek control over masks, vaccinations

OTHELLO — The Othello School Board voted Monday to send a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to restore local control to school districts and allow them to decide if masks and vaccinations should be required in...

Updated 1 month ago
COVID-19: Transmission rates ‘high’; Samaritan still has room, contingency plan

The COVID-19 transmission rate recently has prompted health officials to require people to take precautions, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, even if they’re vaccinated.

Updated 1 month ago
Vaccinations ordered: Protesters gather to challenge mask, vaccine mandates

MOSES LAKE — At a Wednesday mid-afternoon press conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced all K-12 teachers, university instructors, and early learning teachers ...

Updated 1 month ago
Health district links more COVID-19 cases to festival

The Grant County Health District announced Tuesday there were 112 more cases of COVID-19 linked to the Watershed Musical Festival July 30-Aug. 1 in George, bringing the total to more than 230.