On Sunday, there were 455 new coronavirus cases confirmed. The state has confirmed 28,680 cases out of 474,938 tests for the novel coronavirus, including 1,270 deaths, according to the state Department of Health. A total of 4.4% of people diagnosed in Washington have died. A 106-year-old woman from Yakima has reportedly recovered from COVID-19. Pacific County still has only 12 confirmed cases. Nationally, through Sunday there have been 2,290,936 confirmed cases and 120,643 deaths. The USA leads the world with the most cases, and Brazil is second at 1,085,038. New York has the most cases in America at 396,452, followed by California (178,227), New Jersey (172,567), Illinois (136,762) and Texas (111,601).
The Black Lives Matter Movement held a small protest in Toledo on Friday, June 19, a day that is known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth, which stands for June 19th is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
William Flerry and Erica Castro along with their kids organized the event. William and Erica, are a bi-racial couple with bi-racial children. William posted a letter about why they organized the event, it reads in part: "Thank you for coming out to support such a meaningful cause.
The Winlock Rolling Car Show Parade was organized in place of Winlock Egg Days due to Covid 19. The community came together to help celebrate a day that is special to many of us. The third weekend has been Winlock Egg Days for years, it's a joyous occasion where the community participates and comes together.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March, Lewis County Seniors (LCS) has been working tirelessly to provide access to quality meals for seniors across all of Lewis County. During the past 3.5 months, they have been providing seven frozen meals a week to over 600 seniors with the help of Twin Transit.
Nathan Suhrbier, 2020 graduate of Winlock High School received a full 4 year ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) scholarship including tuition, room and board. Nathan is the son of Ben and Ericka Suhrbier.
Nathan, who plans on attending Pacific Lutheran University stated "My Uncle Hank Nordquist told me about the ROTC benefits. This will pay for my college so my parents don't have to and will give me a chance to become an officer. ROTC is worthwhile and I will gain more leadership experience and what I want to do in life, my lot in life. I have been thinking about this since my sophomore year." Nathan will do Basic Training (Army) during the Summer after his Junior Year of college.
Catholic Community Services coordinated food delivery sites with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. On Saturday, June 20 volunteers distributed boxes of food to community members. The free food consisted of a dairy box, a vegetable / fruit box, and a dairy / lunchmeat / vegetable box.
On June 16, 2020, Pacific County entered Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's Safe Start Plan. Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Pacific County's move into the new reopening level.
"It is important to keep in mind that this does not mean that we are going back to normal," said Pacific County Emergency Operation Center Kathy Spoor. "There are still restrictions in place. We are still asking folks to social distance, and to wear a mask while they are in public. Folks who are at high risk need to be very careful as people come from out of the area to our area and people are in closer proximity."
As of last week only 11 counties in Washington are in Phase 3. Businesses that are approved to move into the new phase must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in the Safe Start Plan. Phase 3 means that most of the businesses that haven't been open can do so.
Gatherings are still limited, but they are now up to 50 people. Many events in the area have been canceled because they pull in a larger crowd.
Outdoor group recreational sport activities are allowed if the group contains no more than 50 individuals. Recreational facilities like public pools can be reopened, but only at 50% of their capacity. Non-essential travel is approved to resume in the county.
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