Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

PACIFIC COUNTY — The county will put a caveat on results from rapid covid-19 tests after a patient’s second test came back negative for the disease despite an initial positive result. Read more

LONG BEACH — City crews installed 19 hand sanitizing stations throughout the city to help reduce the transmission of covid-19. Read more

LONG BEACH — Help is on the way for city of Long Beach businesses and households that have had trouble paying bills due to the fallout of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — As local officials expected, communities on the peninsula were overflowing during the Fourth of July weekend, even as newly confirmed cases of covid-19 reached record highs in Washington and the cities of Long Beach and Ilwaco canceled popular Independence Day firework shows. Read more

OCEAN PARK — The 2020 Rod Run to the End of the World was officially canceled after the Beach Barons car club voted to cancel this year’s event at its July 6 meeting. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Beach approaches will be open for Independence Day after county and city elected officials determined an influx of visitors to the coast for the holiday weekend was inevitable. Read more

EDITOR’S NOTE: Next to Ocean Beach Hospital and Clinic in Ilwaco, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria is the primary healthcare choice for south Pacific County residents, so we are running this story to keep local CMH patients apprised of ongoing news. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Five more Pacific County residents contracted covid-19 bringing the county’s total number of cases to 18 as of Saturday, June 27. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — People will not face criminal charges for not wearing masks, according to the Long Beach Police Department and the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

OLYMPIA — In a news conference Tuesday, June 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced face masks will be mandatory in indoor spaces starting Friday, June 26. Read more

ILWACO — Since March, hospitals large and small alike have been dealt significant financial blows in the United States due to the covid-19 pandemic, as elective surgeries and other core services were halted to ensure hospitals were prepared for a flood of patients who tested positive for the… Read more

OLYMPIA — Face masks? Required. Six feet between desks? Required. Daily health screening? Required. As school districts begin to plan the logistics of holding in-person classes for the upcoming school year, this much is certain: it’s not going to be business as usual. Read more

OLYMPIA — Gatherings of up to 50 people and non-essential travel is once again allowed in Pacific County after it was approved to move to phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Just as restaurants on the peninsula were given the greenlight to open their doors for sit-down service, a new type of epidemic struck the dining community: an unstable meat supply. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — In defiance of the governor’s phased restart plan, Pacific County government offices reopened on June 2. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — A virtual community forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 and will provide people in Pacific County an opportunity to ask questions of the county health department and other emergency management officials. Read more

ILWACO — September, the month when the weather begins to cool and students return to school, also marks the beginning of a new high school sports season, highlighted by football games under the lights, volleyball matches inside a raucous gymnasium and cross country meets with impossible-to-b… Read more

LONG BEACH — The City of Long Beach accepted $43,650 in CARES Act funding during a city council meeting Monday, June 1. Read more

Washington state's coronavirus death toll was 1,118 as of 11:59 p.m. May 30, an increase of 74 in the 10 days since the Chinook Observer discontinued daily virus updates, for an average of 7.4 per day. Read more

South Pacific County Class of 2020 seniors were caught in the middle of a deadly pandemic, their plans for traditional graduation traditions thrown into disarray. To ensure they have a keepsake to remember their classmates and this unprecedented time, the Chinook Observer and our advertisers… Read more

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order should be lifted because the original crisis that provoked the emergency measure has passed, a lawyer told a Chelan County judge today. Read more

Pacific County will reopen its buildings to the public in June — June 2 in north county facilities, June 15 in south county. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Pacific County was approved to move into phase two of reopening on Saturday, May 23; but even as businesses prepared to resume operations, business owners are worried they won’t be able to come back from the devastation of the two-month closure. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — On May 19, The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded 501 very small businesses hurt by covid-19 through the Governor’s Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. Read more

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article is not meant to represent the opinion or views of anyone other than the author’s, including the Pacific County Economic Development Council Board of Directors. Read more

ILWACO — On Sunday, May 24, Cape Disappointment State Park reopened for day use, ending a two-month covid-related safety closure. Read more

CAMP MURRAY — Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman on Saturday approved a variance application for Pacific County to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Cowlitz, Grant, Island, Jefferson, Mason and San Juan counties were also approved. Read more

OLYMPIA – Coastal fishing will reopen on May 26. Read more

LONG BEACH — With America’s coronavirus death toll now approaching at least 100,000 and tens of millions out of work, home mortgage delinquencies are spiking upward at a rate unseen in modern times, the real estate data and analytics company Black Knight reported May 21. Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Snohomish Health District and Public Health—Seattle & King County are confirming two cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with covid-19. The patients, one Snohomish County resident and one Kin… Read more

Washington state's coronavirus death toll was 1,044 as of 11:59 p.m. May 20, an increase of 13 in 48 hours. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, to consider whether to apply to reopen at a faster pace than the rest of the state. Read more

After three days when Washington state coronavirus reporting appeared to lag behind conditions, the Department of Health's Tuesday update showed 31 additional covid-19 deaths between May 15 and May 18, and 583 additional cases. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — A survey asking how covid-19 changed daily life for people in Pacific County was released by officials on Thursday, May 14. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — For the first time in about two months, 63-year-old Tim Teall was back out on the beach chopping bull kelp with a rusty machete. Read more

OLYMPIA — Additional free internet access is coming to the Long Beach Peninsula, courtesy of a partnership between Washington state and private organizations. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — People can once again drive on Pacific County beaches after barricades blocking the approaches were removed on Monday, May 18. Read more

Anyone who thinks this pandemic was a big surprise wasn’t paying attention. A bad one was overdue and had been predicted for decades — talked and written about to such an extent that even people who pay attention had become a little jaded about it. Read more

Washington state's coronavirus death toll reached 1,000 in the 24 hours ending 11:59 p.m. May 15, the Department of Health reported Saturday. That was an increase of eight over the previous day. Read more

Washington state's coronavirus death toll stood at 992 in the Department of Health's Friday update, a 24-hour increase of nine. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Pacific County Board of Commissioners, local mayors and Sheriff Robin Souvenir have approved a plan to reopen beach approaches seven days a week beginning Monday, May 18. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY – A survey asking how covid-19 changed daily life for people in Pacific County was released by officials on Thursday, May 14. Read more

Washington state is within two or three days of reaching a coronavirus death toll of 1,000. The addition of eight deaths in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. May 13 brought our total to 983, the Department of Health reported Thursday afternoon. Read more

As of 11:59 p.m. May 12, there were 17,512 confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 182 cases over the previous 24 hours, the Department of Health reported May 13. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY - Beach approaches may reopen as early as May 18, depending on what elected officials and Pacific County’s Public Health Officer decide this week. Read more

As communities nationwide accept the ongoing reality of social distancing to prevent the spread of covid-19, people still need to shop for groceries, plan meals, and feed their families. Read more

As of May 11 at 11:59 p.m., there were 17,330 confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 208 cases over the previous 24 hours. Read more

Washington state's coronavirus death toll rose to 945 in the Department of Health's Monday update, an increase of 14 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. May 10, and an increase of 24 in the 48 hours since 11:59 p.m. May 9. Read more

Washington's covid-19 death toll climbed to 921 as of 11:59 p.m. May 8 with the addition of 16 fatalities in the preceding 24 hours, the Department of Health reported Saturday. Read more

Fourteen deaths in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. May 7 brought Washington state's total fatalities to 905, the Department of Health reported Friday afternoon. Read more

The state's coronavirus death toll increased by 21 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. May 6, according to the Washington Department of Health's Thursday update, bringing the total to 891. Read more

As of 11:59 p.m. on May 5, there were 15,905 confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 311 cases over the previous 24 hours, the Department of Health reported Wednesday evening. Read more

WAHKIAKUM COUNTY — Wahkiakum County health officials confirmed its third covid-19 case on Wednesday, May 6. Read more

Washington state's death toll jumped by 21 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. May 4, the Department of Health reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 862. Read more

OLYMPIA — On May 4, Gov. Jay Inslee extended his ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order until May 31. Read more

SEAVIEW — With a sign in one hand and his cat’s leash in the other, Moses Parkins sat beside Pacific Way on Thursday, April 30; he hoped someone would have a job for him. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Beach approaches and all but one state park in Pacific County remain closed after Washington State Parks reopened some outdoor recreation on Tuesday, May 5. Read more

OLYMPIA — After three consecutive weeks of declining initial unemployment claims in Pacific County, the number of claims spiked following the most recent weekly report. Read more

On April 27 at 4:07 p.m., Kurt E. Kaino, 57, from Seaview, was arrested in Ilwaco and booked into Pacific County Jail for violating a no-contact court order. Read more

LONG BEACH — His Supper Table extended its hours and is sharing take out meals from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice. Read more

LONG BEACH — Parking signs on the main stretch of Long Beach now pay homage to two peninsula icons: Kites and lighthouses. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The filing period for state and local offices throughout Washington opens next week, including two seats on the Pacific County Board of Commissioners. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District is preparing multiple scenarios for next month’s senior graduation ceremony, including a virtual ceremony and a socially distanced ceremony at Peterson Field. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Like other government departments throughout the county, state and country, the Pacific County Department of Community Development has had to adapt to challenges presented by the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

Seven more Washingtonians died of covid-19 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 3, according to the Department of Health's Monday update. This brought the state's overall death toll to 841. Read more

Resources to help reduce and avoid virus exposure include: mailing prescriptions, curbside and delivery services for food, and more. Read more

CORVALLIS — Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences say they have taken a step closer to solving one of nature’s most remarkable mysteries: How do salmon, when it’s time to spawn, find their way back from distant ocean locations to the stream where they hatched? Read more

As of 11:59 p.m. on May 2, there were 15,185 confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 182 cases in the last 24 hours. Read more

As of 11:59 p.m. on May 1, there are 15,003 laboratory-confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 366 cases in the last 24 hours. Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on May 2 announced a list of state parks that will open on Tuesday, May 5, for day use only. Read more

As of 11:59 p.m. on April 30, there were 14,327 confirmed cases of covid-19 in Washington state, an increase of 257 cases in the previous 24 hours. Read more

OLYMPIA — On May 4, Gov. Jay Inslee will extend his 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order until May 31. Read more

Eight hundred fourteen Washingtonians died in the two months between Feb. 29 — when the first covid-19 death was recorded in Kirkland — and 11:59 p.m. April 29, according to the Department of Health's Thursday update. Read more

Ocean Beach School District teachers and supporters led by Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright held a "Wave Parade" Thursday morning, April 30, along peninsula bus routes to encourage students during this lengthy coronavirus shutdown. Around 25 vehicles participated, with occupants honking … Read more

Our state's covid-19 death toll climbed to 801 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 28, the Washington Department of Health reported Wednesday evening. This was an increase of 15 over the previous day. Read more

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee will not fully lift his 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order on May 4, but he promised to share more details on next steps for Washington's reopening at a news conference on May 1. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — County and city beach approaches in Pacific County are not reopening on May 4.  Read more

The state's covid-19 death toll climbed to 786 as of 11:59 p.m. April 27 with the addition of 21 fatalities, the Washington Department of Health reported Tuesday evening. Read more

With many stuck at home from the pandemic, food banks and community meals have provided much-needed connection and stability for people in a time of upheaval. In March, food banks across the peninsula saw new faces as people struggled to pay bills and afford food after many lost jobs or had … Read more

Washington's covid-19 death toll increased by 16 in the 24 hours ending 11:59 p.m. April 26, the Washington Department of Health reported Monday, bringing the total to 765. Read more

OLYMPIA — With proper precautions, people are allowed to begin golfing, fishing and hunting in Washington starting on May 5.  Read more

As in past weeks, Washington state's coronavirus numbers took a dip on Sunday, with 11 more deaths and 202 new laboratory-confirmed infections in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 25, compared to increases of 15 and 342 the day before. Read more

Our state's covid-19 death toll increased by 15 in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 24, the Washington Department of Health reported Saturday evening. These fatalities brought the state total to 738 since the first death was recorded in Kirkland on Feb. 29. Read more

Twelve more covid-19 deaths were added to Washington state's total in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 23, bringing the total to 723, according to Saturday's update from the Washington Department of Health. Read more

An analysis the Chinook Observer shared with online readers last week generated 100 comments, ranging across the spectrum from the U.S. shouldn’t have gone into covid-19 lockdown in the first place, to how obvious it is that Pacific County residents are particularly at risk and must protect … Read more

Our state's death toll rose by 19 in the 24 hours ending April 22, bringing the total to 711 since Feb. 29, according to the Thursday update from the Washington Department of Health. Read more

Restaurants are a major economic sector of Astoria and Clatsop and Pacific counties. The seven restaurants represented in this conversation employ collectively 186 — a workforce the size of a midsize business. Read more

Washington state's covid-19 death toll fell to 10 in the 24 hours ending 11:59 p.m. April 21, the Washington Department of Health reported Wednesday. Thirty were reported to have died the day before. Read more

Thirty more Washingtonians were added to the state's death toll in the 24 hours ending 11:59 p.m. April 20, bringing the total to 682 in the seven and a half weeks since Feb. 29, when the first U.S. covid-19 death was suffered near Seattle. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — With the confirmation of two covid-19 cases in Pacific County, health officials are acutely aware that in a small county, sharing too much information about covid-19 patients could violate health care privacy laws. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Options for contactless grocery pick up and delivery are expanding to meet the needs of people who are staying home in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — More than 250 workers filed an initial unemployment claim in Pacific County from April 5 through April 11, down considerably from the previous week but still a historically high number. Read more

LONG BEACH — The covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the city of Long Beach’s 2020 budget. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — When it comes to testing for covid-19, Pacific County and Southwest Washington are lagging behind the statewide rate. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — When it seems like doom and gloom is coming at us every which way, a local Facebook group is working to provide a beacon of joy for this year’s class of seniors at Ocean Beach School District. Read more

Washington state recorded 18 more coronavirus deaths in the 24 hours ending at 11:59 p.m. April 19, bringing our death toll to 652. Read more

Ten additional fatalities were added to Washington state's death toll in the 24 hours ending 11:59 p.m. April 18, bringing the total to 634, according to Sunday's database update. Read more

Twenty more Washingtonians died of coronavirus in the 24 hours that ended 11:59 p.m. April 16, the Washington Department of Health reported Friday night. This brought the state's overall death toll to 603. Read more

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