Thursday, September 23, 2021


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

Updated 2 days, 1 hour 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 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.

Updated 1 month ago
Wahluke School District students back in class Aug. 30

MATTAWA — After 18 months of remote instruction or part-time classes, Wahluke School District students return to the classroom full-time Aug. 30.

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Grant County Health District, board issue plea to residents

The Grant County Health District and Grant County Board of Health on Thursday issued an impassioned plea to residents about the delta variant and “recent COVID-19 surge.”

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Health officers urge wearing of masks

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officers throughout Washington have issued a joint statement recommending all residents wear facial coverings in indoor public settings where the vaccination status of other people is unknown.

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Inslee orders state, health care workers to get vaccine

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee is ordering all state government employees and health care workers across Washington to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 or risk losing their jobs.

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Health district defers on masking guidance

Grant County Health District Officer Alexander Brzezney announced on Thursday the end of most mask mandates, after analyzing county data on COVID-19 incidence rates, according to a press release from the GCHD.

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Opening up: Day arrives for end of pandemic-related restrictions imposed on businesses

OLYMPIA — Most of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place and modified several times since last spring were to be lifted in Washington state Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., meaning restaurants and bars and oth...

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Nine residents die from COVID-19 in Grant County

The Grant County Health District on Tuesday announced nine more people died from COVID-19, bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 134.

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Moses Lake receives new recovery funds

MOSES LAKE — When Washington’s Office of Financial Management sent word that Moses Lake must return all documents to receive further coronavirus fiscal recovery funds by June 18, 11 days after correspondence, cit...

Updated 3 months ago
Inslee creates ‘bridge’ on eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA — As the state’s eviction moratorium prepares to end on June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a short-term “bridge” to help both renters and...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Grant County Fair to go on without restrictions

The 2021 Grant County Fair will go on without restrictions on crowd size or carnival rides, for the livestock sale or the concert venues. In fact, there will...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Ride of passage: Moses Lake High School sends off 2021 graduating class with parade ceremony

The Moses Lake High School class of 2021 made its way across town from Grant County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon to six locations to celebrate with a graduat...

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Inslee: state close to fully opening

Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday the state of Washington has a total COVID-19 vaccination rate of 66% and is “close to being able to fully reopen.”

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Mobile clinics designed to bring COVID-19 vaccine to patients

MOSES LAKE — Maybe work has been crazy busy, or maybe the clinic giving COVID-19 vaccinations is 45 minutes away.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break. The decision was unanimous: summer school.