Thursday, May 06, 2021


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

Updated 17 hours, 16 minutes ago

Health officials slightly optimistic about progress

OLYMPIA — Washington state health officials are guardedly optimistic about the progress being made against the C...

Updated 6 days, 17 hours ago
Disneyland opening highlights California's COVID turnaround

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Four months ago, America's most populous state was struggling to combat a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations that packed patients into outdoor tents and killed hundreds of people each day.

Updated 1 week ago
Counties face possible rollback to Phase 2

OLYMPIA — Concern over rising COVID-19 cases in Washington could mean a number of counties — including Grant County — could find themselves set back to Phase 2 in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease.

Updated 1 week ago
Despite odds, city of Moses Lake’s finances improved through COVID-19

“We should do a little dance, a little nice jig, because when COVID hit, we didn’t know what 2020 would end up looking like,” said Cindy Jensen, Moses Lake’s finance director.

Updated 1 week ago
India adds another 375K virus cases, tries to vaccinate more

NEW DELHI (AP) — India set another global record in new virus cases Thursday, with another 375,000 people infected, as the country gears up to open its vaccination rollout to all adults Saturday.

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Othello mayor rescinds emergency power proclamation

OTHELLO — Othello Mayor Shawn Logan rescinded on Monday a declaration of civil emergency signed in March 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, as it was no longer needed, and he never used the power it gave ...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Othello site for medical student research into pandemic impact

Kirsten Myers said the early coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t really cover what was going on outside large cities.

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Amazon launches employee vaccinations in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has started to vaccinate thousands of its warehouse and delivery workers, contractors and their families in Washington state and plans to host more vaccination clinics to inoculate its emplo...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Start out small when you’re ready to return to exercise

The weather is warming up, and it’s tempting to get out there and get a little exercise.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Washington state judge blocks some virus rules on farms

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge has blocked some coronavirus-related restrictions on farms and orchards meant to protect farmworkers.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
In fight against virus, Biden looks for path back to normal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. His task for the next 100 days will be to lay out the path b...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Johnson & Johnson vaccines will resume in Washington state

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Saturday inoculations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can begin in Washington state following a review by scientific experts in a western states work group.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Help Wanted: In pandemic, worry about finding summer workers

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of seafood restaurants on Cape Cod has eliminated lunch service and delayed the opening of some locations because his summertime influx of foreign workers hasn't arrived yet.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Harris to tell UN body it's time to prep for next pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to th...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
Gov. Inslee: WA has entered 4th surge of COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination ca...