Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday updated and clarified the criteria for counties to stay in Phase 3 of the state's Healthy Washington pandemic reopening plan.
Under the plan that took effect March 22, counties are individually evaluated every three weeks. The first evaluation occurs this coming Monday, and changes to a county's phase status take effect Friday, April 16. In addition to being individually evaluated, large and small counties have different sets of appropriate criteria based on case counts and hospitalizations.
In advance of each county's evaluation on Monday to determine its phase, the governor established that:
In order to move down one phase a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations. Under the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back one phase.
The spectator events guidance is updated to make clear what is allowed for counties in Phase 2 and how these events are related to school graduation ceremonies.
"Given the incredible progress on vaccinations and our focus on protecting people from severe illness, we believe analyzing and requiring both metrics together is the right approach to make sure we're considering the connection between COVID cases and our medical system and hospitalizations," Inslee said.
Case counts and hospitalizations are rising in Washington. This is a concerning trend that is also happening nationally. Vaccines are making a difference in this fight, but millions of Washingtonians still need to be fully vaccinated. About 60,000 doses are being administered daily in Washington, but the governor urged all Washingtonians to be mindful of physical distance, wear masks, and keep gatherings small until COVID activity becomes less of a threat.
Following Monday's evaluation, the next Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan evaluation will occur May 3.
The new Agriculture teacher in Winlock this year is definitely here for the students. Steve Mahitka joined Winlock High School this year and his excitement has shown through.
SOUTH BEND - South Bend School District will receive a plaque from the architects that designed the Mike Morris Elementary school building. The building was designed by the architecture firm Erickson McGovern Architects (EMA) out of Tacoma.
"When we started the planning for the new school, we knew we wanted to design and construct a school our community would be proud of for years to come," South Bend Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jon Tienharra told the Herald. "Our architects at Erickson McGovern nailed it, incorporating a beautiful, yet unique design with all the function demanded by an elementary school. We do have a plaque coming as part of this design award, it will be displayed in the school district office."
In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month local community groups like the Crisis Support Network have created pinwheel gardens throughout Pacific County. Each pinwheel represents the happy, carefree childhoods all children deserve.
Carol Hill, the rock of Toledo and the mother to many passed away recently and left a huge hole in the community.
Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Over the past four months, since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.
Working Washington Grants
The Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. This newest grant round focuses on brick and mortar businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures.
Big Nick's Pizza joined forces with Teen Link, Washington State Health Department and StartTalkingNow.org in mid-March to help teens and young adults to deal with the current COVID crisis and loneliness issues.
Big Nick's received 1000 14" pizza boxes from the Reach Out Over A Slice sponsors and have started delivering pizzas in them. The boxes are covered with trivia and a Truth or Challenge game. One of the squares to play with friends is TRUTH: What's one of your favorite memories? If the player refuses to answer then they do the CHALLENGE: Act out your favorite movie scene. The goal is to get the teens to socialize with members of their family or close friends.
Over the last 14 days, there have only been 13 new COVID-19 cases with only 11 cases being actively monitored by public nurses.
This brings the total number of cases up to 847. There has been no new hospitalization in the last 7 days and no new deaths due to COVID. The current case rate per 100k over 14 days is 60.1.
There is a business in Winlock that is always busy. Usually a bunch of men and maybe a woman or two sitting in the shop, having conversations. The Barber And His Daughter is a barbershop and it's hopping. They always have a room full; it's just a fun place to stop by. We finally had the opportunity to talk with Jacob Hampton, he is the son of the Barber. It's a family of hair care specialists in our very own community.
Toledo Middle School students have been named as a finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for hydroponics. They have received $15,000 for their accomplishments and could garner even more money if they go farther in this amazing competition.
Last Friday marked the 75th day of this year's 105-day legislative session and most legislation without a fiscal impact needed to pass out of committee this week to be considered further.
On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation to strengthen the Office of Cybersecurity's ability to protect data across all state agencies. The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee, where it can be pulled to the floor for a vote.
On Friday, legislation that would move Washington state towards regional health districts was voted out of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee. The bill, which would improve public health by increasing resources and coordination, now goes to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.
More governor-request legislation is scheduled for hearings in the coming days, with a low carbon fuel standard scheduled for a Hearing in Senate Ways and Means on Saturday, and a hearing on establishing an office of independent Investigations in Ways and Means on Tuesday.
The House and Senate also announced their 2021-2023 Budget proposals last week. The 105-day legislative session is set to run through the end of April.
1 Million Washingtonians Fully
Vaccinated; 3 Million Doses Given
Last week, the state crossed two major milestones in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts: The 1 millionth Washingtonian became fully vaccinated, and the state surpassed more than 3 million doses administered.
SOUTH BEND - A decent crowd attended the first track and field meet of the season on a cool, slightly windy, partly sunny Thursday at Don Weisel Oval on the campus of South Bend HS. Raymond won the girls' side and Naselle came away with the boys' team title. A total of five teams competed.
"I was happy with the results from our first meet," Raymond HS head coach Mike Tully told the Herald. "I think we performed as well as can be expected after eight practices.
"Kyra's marks were quite good for this time of year," Tully said. "Her long jump mark was a career best by almost five inches and tied the Raymond junior class record. Her high jump mark was only two inches off her career best, so she's pretty close there as well. I'm looking for her to do some pretty impressive things as the season progresses.
"One surprise was Morgan Anderson in the high jump," Tully said. "He hadn't high jumped in almost three years and hadn't ev
The new metrics for Phase 3 have started. The two key metrics for Pacific County are that we must have less than 100 new cases over 14 days and less than three hospitalizations over 7 days.
Pacific County reported 9 cases over the last 14 days last week with only 6 cases still actively being monitored by the public nurses. This brings the total number of cases since the state of the pandemic to 839.
Only one person has been hospitalized with COVID over the last 7 days and there has been no new deaths.
The Country House has a new owner and is set to succeed. In September of 2020, Choi bought the restaurant, changing the menu to Asian food along with American sandwiches. For the first time ever, Lewis County has Asian food available for delivery in the Toledo area. Choi has years of experience cooking fabulous Asian food.
Choi has worked in many restaurants around the country, starting at Mr. Wasabi in New York. After a couple of years, he moved to Alaska and continued cooking Asian food. He saved at each of these jobs, he wanted to be in Washington and be his own boss. He spent a year in Washington working for Happy Teriyaki before he bought the Country House. Now Choi is his own boss.
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