COVID-19 NEWS

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

Updated 7 hours, 55 minutes ago

What we know about the Samaritan staff sickened with COVID-19

MOSES LAKE — On Monday, Samaritan Healthcare announced that two of its staff members had tested positive for the...

Updated 7 hours, 59 minutes ago
Coronavirus: 63 confirmed cases, seven hospitalized

63 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Grant County as of Monday evening

Updated 8 hours ago
Inslee: State seeks voluntary compliance but will enforce closures if necessary

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said he wants all Washington residents to comply voluntarily with his “stay-at-home” order, but that the state is prepared to enforce that order if necessary.

Updated 8 hours, 6 minutes ago
10 of the best sports books

It seems everyone has a little more time on their hands.

Updated 8 hours, 7 minutes ago
Look for the helpers: Ephrata fabric shop co-owner, quilters working to ease mask shortage

EPHRATA — A former nurse practitioner in the area for 20 years, Cindi Rang watched the news last week as hospitals and emergency responders around the countr...

Updated 8 hours, 10 minutes ago
Volunteer lunch program halted, at least temporarily

MOSES LAKE — Dorine Mata and her best friend Erika Espinoza had to make a tough decision.

Updated 8 hours, 12 minutes ago
Happy food: Red Door owners continue to supply community with donuts

MOSES LAKE — “We call it ‘happy food.’”

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago
Samaritan employees fill in as screeners

MOSES LAKE — The stop signs and barriers at Samaritan Hospital, the screening regimen in place before people can move beyond the lobby, are signs of the impa...

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago
When you’re on your own, we are there with you

As the United States faces its worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you.

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago
COVID-19 testing: What happens after a sample is taken?

MOSES LAKE — A person with symptoms that resemble COVID-19 is tested for the virus. What happens to the test? How long does it take to get results back? How ...

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago
Unemployment claims rise rapidly

OLYMPIA — Last week, unemployment insurance claims in the state rose by over 2,346 percent since the end of February due to the closures mandated by public officials following the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated 1 day, 8 hours ago
Most Grant County road work to go ahead as planned

EPHRATA — While the COVID-19 outbreak has postponed some planned repairs to Grant County roads, most of the work will continue as scheduled.

Updated 1 day, 8 hours ago
Coroner’s office taking extra precautions during pandemic

GRANT COUNTY — As with health care workers and first responders adapting to the current pandemic, the coroner’s office, which is tasked with investigating deaths that occur outside of hospitals, has had to take e...

Updated 1 day, 8 hours ago
Grant County to get COVID-19 grant

GRANT COUNTY - Grant County is expected to receive an estimated $145,270 block grant from the state Department of Commerce to assist people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press r...

Updated 1 day, 14 hours ago
Coronavirus: 59 cases in Grant County, Warden reports its first

59 cases, with new cases in most cities and the first confirmed case in Warden