Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

OLYMPIA — Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that continued covid-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent closure, but state healthcare officials said a rush to reopen businesses puts the public at risk duri… Read more

OLYMPIA — Washingtonians were met with welcome news to start the week, as Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that the state is moving into its next phase of vaccine distribution, effective immediately. Read more

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his third inaugural speech Jan. 13, praising Washington residents for their resiliency and striking an optimistic note for the future. Read more

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 on Jan. 13. Read more

OLYMPIA — Desperately needed covid-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s Legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get that aid out as soon as possible. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — In their most contentious meeting since the covid-19 pandemic began last March, Ocean Beach School District Board of Directors approved a plan to restart some in-person learning at the district’s schools beginning this week. Read more

With covid-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Read more

A sea lion wandered up onto State Route 4 last week from the sloughs of the Naselle River estuary and was photographed by a state patrolman. The wayward marine mammal made it onto regional TV news before making its way back to its natural environment. Read more

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NASELLE — The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Warning for the Naselle River. The river is currently forecast to rise above flood stage around 10 a.m. Tuesday and crest in the mid-afternoon around 15.1 feet. Flood stage for the Naselle River is 15 feet. Minor flooding … Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County received good news in the battle against covid-19 on Monday, as no new cases of the virus were identified and reported over the weekend. Read more

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s new covid-19 reopening plan went into effect this week. It is a notable departure from the plan that the state used last summer and fall. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The distribution and administration of covid-19 vaccines may still be in the early stages, but local officials have started preparing now for when shots are expected to become more widely available to the public later this year. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll locally, as the county’s death count nearly doubled just a few days into the new year. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — The first covid-19 vaccines were administered to healthcare professionals and first responders in the north county area on Dec. 30 during a drive-through event held at the South Bend Fire Department. Officials overseeing the event admit they can finally breathe a small sigh of r… Read more

MENLO — The Willapa Valley School District is the first district in Pacific County to eye returning to in-person learning beginning next week. Students are expected to enter their respective classrooms on Jan. 6, roughly two months after all districts inside the county returned to remote lea… Read more

SOUTH BEND — As 2020 mercifully comes to an end this week, the spread of covid-19 locally has also mercifully continued to recede, albeit slowly. Read more

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has again extended the state’s eviction moratorium, this time through the end of March 2021. Read more

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday the state will provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits following President Trump’s refusal to act on the federal coronavirus relief package. The president had until midnight on De… Read more

OLYMPIA — On Dec. 24 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on covid-19. The report shows substantial decreases in transmission that are still not enough to return the state to the lower levels of disease activity seen earlier in the fa… Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department delivered solemn news last week, announcing that a county resident had died as a result of complications of covid-19. Read more

SOUTH BEND — A Pacific County resident has died as a result of complications of covid-19, county health officials reported Friday night. Read more

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ILWACO — Hope has come to Pacific County in the battle against covid-19, as Ocean Beach Hospital received and administered the first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to several of the hospital’s employees on Dec. 18. Read more

OLYMPIA — New, less strict guidelines unveiled by Washington state officials on Dec. 16 sent a clear message to school districts: it’s time to begin to reopen schools, even as the presence of covid-19 in the state remains near an all-time high. Read more

LONG BEACH — City of Long Beach officials agreed to cancel the planned New Year’s Eve fireworks show at last week’s city council meeting, and set in motion a plan to hold a fireworks extravaganza in 2022 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the town’s formal incorporation. Read more

SOUTH BEND — New covid-19 cases in Pacific County are down from the end-of-November onslaught that saw upwards of 100 cases being reported per week, but 30 new cases were announced over the past week as the county crossed 500 overall. Read more

Pacific County Immigrant Support has launched a $100,000 emergency appeal to provide immediate support for local undocumented immigrants impacted by covid-19. The campaign received a jump-start with a $75,000 grant from the All In WA Covid Relief Fund. Read more

Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday announced the authorization of the first covid-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The governor was joined for the announcement by workgroup members Drs. Ed Marcuse and John Dunn and State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. Read more

OLYMPIA — On Dec. 10 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission. Because people’s decisions about whether to get tested or seek healthcare tend to change around holidays, case and hospitalization data over the week … Read more

NASELLE — Naselle-Grays River Valley School District is offering free sack lunch meals for any child 18 and younger at meal drop-off points designated by the district. These include Rosburg Hall, Chinook Coffee Shop, Bay Center Boat Launch and the Naselle Assembly of God Church. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Adding 33 more cases in the past week, Pacific County nears a 500-case milestone since the start of the pandemic. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — With a coronavirus vaccine becoming available in the United States as soon as this week, providers on the Long Beach Peninsula are preparing to receive and distribute the initial batch of doses before Christmas. Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health on Aec. 4 announced that in just four days, more than a million users activated WA Notify, which it describes as “a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool that uses smartphones to help stop the spread of covid-19.” Read more

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, it’s now increasingly apparent that 2020 will be remembered for an unusually high death toll — not just from covid-19. In the medical field, deaths above what you would normally expect are called “excess deaths.” Even after you subtract out covid-19 casu… Read more

OLYMPIA — Good news has been sparse as of late, but Pacific County received some last week with the release of the latest employment update. Read more

NASELLE — The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District, which had announced a two-week closure of in-person learning following three positive covid tests among staff, extended the closure through Jan. 11 due to the spiking of cases throughout Pacific County. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The cavalry has arrived on the peninsula, as a new covid-19 testing option becomes available for south county residents whose previously only choice for receiving a quick result was making the nearly hour-long trek to South Bend. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County saw another cavalcade of coronavirus cases over the past week, surpassing 400 cases overall as the pandemic continues to surge locally. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Another 20 cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Wednesday as the county’s 14-day case rate exceeded quadruple digits and surpassed 400 cases, milestones most locals would have considered unthinkable just earlier this month. Read more

CATHLAMET — Two additional covid-19 cases were confirmed Nov. 25 in Wahkiakum County, bringing the total to 22 since the start of the pandemic. Read more

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OLYMPIA — COVID-19 hospital occupancy is rapidly increasing throughout Washington as the state continues to experience exponential growth in new cases, according to a Nov. 25 statement from the state Department of Health. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Another 55 new cases of covid-19 were reported by the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday afternoon, as the county’s total case count and case rate continue to soar. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District, along with several north county school districts, closed down in-person learning beginning this week after a surge in cases throughout Pacific County. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Last Monday morning, Pacific County had reported just 159 cases of covid-19 in the first 35 weeks since the virus had been declared a national emergency in the United States. That figure would be exceeded in just five days, as the county reported 175 new cases last week. Read more

LONG BEACH — An hour-long Saturday afternoon peaceful protest in Long Beach attracted about 60 opposed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s re-tightened restrictions on businesses and personal gatherings. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — Pacific County’s worst week yet of the coronavirus pandemic continued on Friday, Nov. 20, as an additional 94 cases of covid-19 were reported. Read more

TUMWATER — Beginning Thursday, Nov. 19, until at least Dec. 14, Timberland Regional Library will limit service in the following ways to help the spread of covid-19: Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District announced Thursday afternoon that its schools will return to remote-only learning, beginning next week. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — With coronavirus cases growing exponentially in Pacific County, its five school districts are pausing all in-person classes and returning to the online model practiced last spring. Read more

Agricultural products exported from Washington rose in late summer, joining some other sectors of the economy in surpassing expectations and improving the fiscal outlook for state government. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department reported 55 new cases of covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon, a staggering number that underscores just how dire of a situation the county has been in this fall. Read more

SOUTH BEND and LONG BEACH — The Pacific County Commissioners voted 3-0 to temporarily close all county buildings to non-workers and the public for a period of two weeks beginning on Nov. 18 and remaining in effect until at least Nov. 30. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — An additional 26 confirmed cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Nov. 16, as case counts continue to soar locally. Read more

ILWACO — Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics (OBHMC) are working with the Washington State Department of Health and the Pacific County Health Department on a plan to provide covid-19 vaccinations when a vaccine is approved by the FDA. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Prosecutor’s Office was informed around 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 13 of a covid-19 exposure, which resulted in the prosecutors’ office staff having to quarantine. The quarantine resulted in Joe Faurholt, acting on behalf of Pacific County Prosecutor Ben Haslam, appear… Read more

OLYMPIA — With coronavirus case counts rising exponentially in the state, Gov. Jay Inslee and wife Trudi urged Washingtonians to reconsider Thanksgiving and holiday plans in an address on Nov. 12, and said new restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of covid-19 will be announced in the com… Read more

OLYMPIA — On Nov. 10 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows disease transmission is happening at an accelerated pace across the entire state. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The U.S. encountered its most grim phase of the covid-19 pandemic last week, as case counts soared and the country surpassed 10 million confirmed cases of the virus. The same can be said of Pacific County, as 37 new cases were announced over the past week and the first known wor… Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health announced 1,777 new COVID-19 cases Saturday. Last week, DOH announced 1,000 new cases in a day for the first time since mid-summer. Last Friday, the agency shared a report detailing how COVID-19 spread is intensifying across the state. Last… Read more

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SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department announced 28 newly confirmed cases of covid-19 on Nov. 6, a stunning number that is easily the most new cases announced by the department in a single day since the start of the pandemic. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Five more confirmed cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Nov. 5, raising the county’s total count to 127 cases since the pandemic began. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Covid-19 transmission in Pacific County stayed steady over the past week, as public health nurses are currently monitoring 11 active cases as of Nov. 2. Read more

OLYMPIA — On Oct. 28 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on covid-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Ocean Beach School District announced the first confirmed case of covid-19 among the student body since the start of the school year, amid an additional 11 cases of the virus being reported in Pacific County over the past week. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County continued efforts to aid local small businesses and organizations hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic last week, awarding nearly $200,000 in grants. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Six more cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Wednesday, including two students who attend the Ocean Beach School District. Read more

LONG BEACH — The Ocean Beach School District announced Tuesday afternoon that a student at the Ocean Beach Early Childhood Center has tested positive for covid-19. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Five newly confirmed cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County over the weekend, raising the county’s total count to 112 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department is warning that people who participated in an event to support local businesses in Raymond and Willapa Valley last weekend may have unwittingly exposed themselves to covid-19. Read more

Pacific County is seeing an increased number of covid-19 cases within the community. We ask members of the Pacific County community to avoid participating in large group events and to continue being vigilant regarding wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing hands. Read more

OLYMPIA — On Oct. 14 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission. Read more

SOUTH BEND — A state of emergency was declared Feb. 29 in response to covid-19 in Washington state. On Oct. 10, 224 days later, Pacific County surpassed 100 confirmed cases of the virus that has infected some 38 million people worldwide and killed more than 1 million — and counting. Read more

RAYMOND — Two north county school districts have reported positive cases of covid-19 less than two weeks after students returned to classrooms for in-person learning. Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wants you to understand your mortgage status if you have not been making payments after being financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County has reached an unwanted milestone in the fight against covid-19, topping 100 confirmed cases on Oct. 10 after a bundle of new cases have been reported in just the past 24 hours. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Eight new cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Oct. 9, raising the county’s total count since the start of the pandemic to 99 cases. Read more

SOUTH BEND — New cases of covid-19 continued to be reported in Pacific County over the past week, as the county’s total case count nears triple digits and flu season draws nearer. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Two new cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Oct. 2, raising the county’s total count to 88 cases since the outset of the pandemic. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Four more cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Sept. 29, raising the total count in the county 86 cases. Read more

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LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Following a complaint from an epidemiologist who was visiting the Long Beach Peninsula earlier this month, Pacific County officials said they plan to play a more active role in enforcing rules requiring mask-wearing and social distancing in restaurants and businesses. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — Ocean Beach School District took a cautious but colossal step forward this week, as its youngest students returned to school buildings for the first time since all in-person instruction in Washington state was closed down last March. Read more

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce last week announced $300,000 is available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to covid-19. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District announced last week that it is aiming to bring students back to class for in-person instruction starting Sept. 28 — so long as the recent spike in cases do not persist. Read more

On Sept. 20 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report: tinyurl.com/Sept-20-Situation-Report. The report shows an overall decline in covid-19 cases in western Washington and a plateau in eastern Washington, with significant differences from… Read more

SOUTH BEND — An additional three new cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Sept. 17, raising the county’s total case count to 80. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District announced Sept. 16 that it is aiming to bring students back to class for in-person instruction starting Sept. 28 — so long as the recent spike in cases do not persist. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Nine new cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County over the past week, as the county’s total case count since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 77. Read more

ILWACO — Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum has named Madeline Moore as the organization’s new executive director. Read more

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON — As federal lawmakers and the Trump Administration remain deadlocked over new coronavirus-related spending, congressional candidate Carolyn Long unveiled her own pandemic recovery plan earlier this month. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — Six more cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Sept. 9, as the county's total case count rose to 74. Read more

SOUTH BEND — After several weeks of encouraging trends, Pacific County finds itself walking a tightrope as public health nurses are monitoring a dozen active coronavirus cases after a recent surge. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Two more cases of covid-19 were reported in Pacific County on Monday, Sept. 7, as the total case count in the county increased to 68. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Two new coronavirus cases were reported in Pacific County on Friday, Sept. 4, bringing the county’s total case count to 66. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Board of Commissioners awarded about $200,000 to about two dozen small businesses in the county affected by the covid-19 pandemic at a Sept. 3 special meeting. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County reported four new cases of covid-19 on Thursday, Sept. 3, ahead of what is expected to be a frantic and busy Labor Day weekend. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — As some 1,000 students at Ocean Beach School District fire up their school-issued Chromebooks for the start of the 2020-21 school year this week, the district’s educators are working to develop personal relationships — remotely — with students many have never had in cl… Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The best advice from local public health nurses is for people to wash their hands, cover their faces and remember to laugh. Read more

PENINSULA — Restaurants everywhere have faced a trying year. They were forced to close for weeks and then reopen at greatly reduced capacity due to the coronavirus outbreak. But on the Peninsula, most have so far ridden out it out. Some are thriving. Read more

NASELLE — The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District has delayed the opening of its school year to Sept. 14 and will go ahead with its plan to open with a hybrid model combining in-classroom and online education, the district announced in an Aug. 24 letter to parents and guardians. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — As summer begins to draw to a close and disease activity in Pacific County has fallen off the map, county health officials are bracing for a pair of busy weekends that will bring tens of thousands of visitors to the area and are asking residents to remain vigilant. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County Health and Human Services received confirmation Tuesday that a Pacific County resident who tested positive for covid-19 has died as a result of it. Read more

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