Friday, January 21, 2022


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

Updated 1 week ago

Inslee activates Washington National Guard due to omicron

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference he is activating 100 Washingto...

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Big Bend to require vaccination for all on-campus students

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend Community College announced Friday all students who want to attend classes on campus or instructional sites during the winter quarter will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Schools adjust after cases of COVID-19

EPHRATA — A surge in COVID-19 cases in Grant and Adams counties required local school officials to make some adjustments, returning to a distance-learning format for quarantined classrooms or an entire building.

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Samaritan sees drop in COVID-19 patients, handles staffing

The number of COVID-19 patients at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake has dropped about a couple of handfuls — 21 to 12 — since last week, but officials cautio...

Updated 3 months, 2 weeks ago
ML girl hospitalized with rare condition linked to COVID-19

The Rowe family, of Moses Lake, has been through a lot in the last couple of months, especially when their daughter developed a rare complication from COVID-...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Samaritan faces staffing hurdles

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake continues to have staffing challenges and has not received help from the Department of Defense, as Gov. Jay Inslee said he a...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
State officials hopeful health care workers won’t quit, get fired

SPOKANE — Citing rising vaccination rates, state public health officials are hopeful large numbers of health care workers will not quit or be fired once Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandatory vaccination deadline is reached...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Newhouse calls on Inslee to support a type of COVID-19 therapy, hospitals

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Inslee calling on him to prioritize and publicly acknowledge the success and the availability of monoclonal antibody therapy as a tool that has the a...

Updated 4 months ago
Samaritan Hospital postpones elective procedures

MOSES LAKE — All elective surgical procedures at Samaritan Hospital will be postponed until at least Oct. 1, hospital officials announced Wednesday, due to “...

Updated 4 months 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 months 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 4 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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