Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

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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PACIFIC COUNTY — Covid-19 cases in the county rose to 60 on Monday, Aug. 24 with a single new case related to an outbreak at an out of county seafood processing plant. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County Health and Human Services removed one case from the county's count on Aug. 19 but added another, so the total case count will remain at 59 cases. There is only one active case being monitored by public health nurses. Read more

WAHKIAKUM COUNTY — Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WHHS) said Friday it has received a positive test result notification for a 6th covid-19 infection in a resident. The individual is in self-quarantine and is not symptomatic. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — Local health officials are encouraging people to look at a new risk assessment tool showing the number of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 to help understand disease activity in Pacific County. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County health department began accepting applications Monday, Aug. 17 for a new grant program meant to help people pay rent during the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — With the upcoming school year kicking off in just 20 days, Ocean Beach School District staff and teachers are mounting a Herculean effort to make sure students and parents are prepared for what’s to come. Read more

Pacific County this week released total covid-19 case counts by zip code. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Pacific County health officials are monitoring 13 active cases of covid-19 and have identified an additional four cases. Read more

LONG BEACH PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to begin the 2020-21 school year in a remote-only model at an Aug. 10 special meeting. Read more

Editor’s note: Case counts were expected to go up just after the Chinook Observer’s Aug. 12 print deadline. For the most up-to-date case numbers, please visit our website at chinookobserver.com. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County will be providing grant assistance for small businesses affected by the covid-19 pandemic. These small business grants will be allocated from Pacific County’s portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County reported six new cases of covid-19 on Wednesday, Aug. 5, increasing its total case count to 49. Read more

OCEAN PARK — When 82-year-old Joe Paliani told his wife Charlotte he thought he had covid-19, she didn’t believe him. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — Hours for when people can get a rapid result test at Willapa Harbor Hospital changed on Monday, Aug. 3. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — Public health nurses are monitoring 15 active community cases of covid-19 while the total number of cases in the county rose to 44 on Monday, Aug. 3. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — The number of covid-19 cases in Pacific County rose to 40 this week, with six new cases announced on Friday, July 31.  Read more

SOUTH BEND - A Pacific County resident died after contracting covid-19 county health officials reported Wednesday, July 29. Read more

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OCEAN PARK — Pacific County Public Health and Human Services said in a Wednesday press release that it is concerned there is a high possibility of covid-19 exposure to patrons who visited the Loyal Order of the Moose or the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Ocean Park last week. Read more

RAYMOND — A newly formed program delivering hot meals to people in North Pacific County was given a boost this month after the Shoalwater Bay Tribe donated $2,500 in support of the program. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County health officials are monitoring 11 people with covid-19 after diagnosing four new cases. Read more

OLYMPIA — Masks are mandatory most everywhere and there will be no wedding and funeral receptions in Washington state for the time being, as the governor and state health officials try to reverse a spike in covid-19 cases. Read more

LONG BEACH — Long Beach City Hall reopened Monday, July 27, after a short closure stemming from Mayor Jerry Phillips testing positive for covid-19. Read more

PULLMAN — Washington State University will deliver undergraduate education at a distance, with very limited exceptions, during the fall 2020 semester, though each campus may take slightly different approaches taking into account issues specific to their communities. Read more

OLYMPIA — Masks will be mandatory most everywhere and there will be no more wedding and funeral receptions in Washington State as the Governor and state health officials try to reverse a spike in covid-19 cases. Read more

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LONG BEACH — Long Beach City Hall was closed to the public Wednesday, July 22, after Mayor Jerry Phillips tested positive for covid-19. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The majority of covid-19 cases in Pacific County involved people living in the south end of the county. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County health officials announced six new covid-19 cases on Monday, July 20, the largest case increase in a day since the start of the pandemic. Read more

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OLYMPIA — On Friday the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which highlights alarming trends in transmission and hospitalization data. (A pdf of this report is attached.) Read more

OLYMPIA — To reverse the spike in covid-19 cases across the state, gatherings in Pacific County must have no more than 10 attendees starting Monday, July 20. Read more

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LONG BEACH — An innovative sewage-water test suggests Fourth of July holiday visitors brought the covid-19 virus to the city of Long Beach, where two previous tests found no sign of the disease. 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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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