The coronavirus pandemic continues its surge throughout the United States.
In Washington state, new cases continued to exceed 1,000 cases daily. Through mid-afternoon Sunday, another 1,320 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Washington, bringing the total number of diagnoses to 117,331, including 4,239 deaths, according to the state Department of Health (DOH). At least 8,803 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus. Last Wednesday (Oct. 4), health officials reported 1,469 new coronavirus cases -- a daily record for the state -- and 16 more deaths in Washington on Wednesday.
Gov. Jay Inslee made the following statement today congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the popular vote and the Electoral College.
SOUTH BEND - Pacific County turned in a whopping 84.73 percent voter turnout in the 2020 General Election last Tuesday (Nov. 3). Statewide, the voter turnout is 81.26 percent. A total of 14,134 ballots were tabulated of the 16,681 registered voters in the 39 precincts. The next ballot count is Nov. 24, which is the certification date. The last ballot results in the county were calculated Friday, 4 pm, and there are only five left to count. The next statewide ballot count was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9.
Lewis County elections have been decided and a few changes are taking place. We have a new legislator for the 20th district and two new county commissioners to assist Lewis County as they continue to grow.
First, Peter Abbarno won his legislative seat in the 20th District easily with a landslide victory of 72.64%. Abbarno is an attorney in Centralia with Althauser, Rayan and Abbarno, LLP, and now he represents the people in Olympia. He stated, "I appreciate all the support from my family, friends, community and voters throughout the 20th district and beyond. The state is facing some serious issues that need real solutions. I will work hard and represent the values of SW Washington every step of the way to make sure our students, families and small businesses don't get left behind."
At the end of the 2019-2020 school year Geoff Parks, the former Napavine superintendent, announced that he had accepted a position in Arizona so that he and his family could be closer to his wife's family. This was sad news to the district. With this news, the school board asked Shane Schutz to step in as interim superintendent. Schutz said he was "very surprised" and that it "felt like an honor to apply for this position and the opportunity to run a district."
Last week, Pacific County saw a major increase in positive COVID cases. 35 cases were reported to Pacific County Health and Human Services bringing the case count from 120 to 155. There are currently 33 active cases being monitored by public health nurses. All cases are confirmed and isolating at home. Case investigations and contact tracing are on-going.
One case is a male, 0-10 years old, linked to a holiday party. Three other cases are males, 0-10 years old, are linked to household positive cases.
Another case is male, 10-20 years old, which is linked to a holiday party. Three other cases are males, 10-20 years old, linked to household cases. Two cases are female, 10-20 years old, linked to household cases.
Another case is a female, 20-30 years old, linked to a household positive case.
Nelia Woods immigrated to the United State from the Philippines in 1976. When she turned 25 in 1978, she went from working for a company that made copy machines in Chicago to joining the U.S. Air Force.
"I was watching TV and saw this commercial 'Join the Air Force and see the world!' I had to join! On June 6, 2978, I was with the 3707 BMTS (Basic Military Training Squadron)."
Basic training was 6 weeks long at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
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