Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday regions would not move backward in the Healthy Washington phased reopening plan, and that the pause would last at least several weeks.
All eight regions have been in Phase 2 since Feb. 14, which allows for more activities including indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Future phases are still being discussed by state leaders in partnership with stakeholders in local government, business and labor.
Inslee said he is optimistic about current trends in COVID-19 activity, particularly the steady decrease in cases and hospitalizations since the pandemic's third wave peaked toward the end of 2020. These trends coincide with progress in another important front in the battle against COVID-19: More than 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Washington.
A Third Vaccine
The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. One dose was 85 percent protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents. In the USA, the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna shots were 95 percent protective against symptomatic COVID-19. J&J's one-dose effectiveness of 85 percent against severe COVID-19 dropped to 66 percent when moderate cases were rolled in, according to The Associated Press.
On the morning of Saturday, February 27, both the Raymond Fire Department and South Bend Frie Department were busy in Raymond with a training exercise. A run-down house on the corner of Second Street (across from HAVA) was set on fire and the firefighters practiced their skills putting the blaze out.
Ross Baker has been hired as the new Raymond School District Superintendent of School effective July 1. The action took place at last Thursday's school board meeting.
Baker takes over for Dr. Stephen Holland, who retired as reported by the Herald last December. Holland stepped down after 18 years at Raymond School District. He notified the Raymond School Board of his decision last October.
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