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COVID-19 NEWS

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

Updated 3 months ago

Additional COVID-19 boosters recommended

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has approved a second mRNA COVID-19 booster shot for people ...

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Inslee activates Washington National Guard due to omicron

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference he is activating 100 Washington National Guard troops to help in hospitals ...

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
COVID-19 hospitalizations down, transmission rate ‘high’

The number of COVID-19 patients at Samaritan Hospital has declined in recent weeks, with Wednesday’s total at three, the most recent information available.

Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
MLSD facing sub shortage

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake School District is facing a shortage of substitute teachers after about 30% of its substitute staff failed to comply with the dis...

Updated 7 months ago
Health district announces more COVID-19 deaths

Twenty-seven residents died from COVID-19 in October and November, bringing Grant County’s total to 212 and one pending, the Grant County Health District announced Wednesday.

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Samaritan sees fewer COVID-19 patients

The number of patients with COVID-19 at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake appears to be steadily declining, while Grant and Adams counties have a high communi...

Updated 8 months ago
How they got their jobs back: Moses Lake firefighters ‘set a precedent’; union sign-off on deal is next

Two out of three Moses Lake Fire Department firefighters will get their jobs back, as city officials said they could be accommodated for not getting a COVID-...

Updated 8 months ago
Samaritan, counties see drop in COVID-19

Samaritan Hospital’s COVID-19 patient numbers were down from previous weeks Thursday, with 17 patients, compared to last week, when there were 20.

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Coronavirus vaccinations for children expected soon

Health officials in Washington said Wednesday they’re expecting doses of child-sized COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in the state next week.

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Newhouse introduces bill ahead of federal shot mandate

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., on Tuesday introduced legislation to provide an antibody exemption to any federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for any federal employee or contractor who provides proof of COVID-19 antibod...

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Firefighters reinstated: Council brings back three after they lost their jobs over vaccination mandate

MOSES LAKE — City council members voted Tuesday to reinstate three local firefighters who lost their jobs this month after refusing to be vaccinated against ...

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
All three COVID-19 vaccine boosters available for some

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to certain people after getting recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Centers for Disease Con...

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Short-staffed Samaritan loses some workers to mandate, keeps caring for COVID-19 patients

Ten employees at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake lost their jobs due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, but only two of those were Monday, officials s...

Updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Fifteen local WSP troopers lose jobs due to mandate

Fifteen Washington State Patrol commissioned officers who cover Grant and Adams counties, as well as other areas in WSP’s districts 4 and 6, of which the cou...

Updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Samaritan’s COVID-19 number declines; more deaths in county

Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake remains busy, although the number of COVID-19 patients is decreasing. And the Grant County Health District released information on more COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Inslee: Nine out of 10 state workers complied with vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said thanks to the more than 91% vaccination and exemption rate among state employees, essential state services should be relatively unaffected as the vaccination deadline passes on Monday.