Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

PACIFIC COUNTY — The Food and Drug Administration earlier this week authorized Pfizer’s two-shot coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children ages 12 to 15, boosting hopes further for a more normal return to school next fall. Read more

Who hasn’t fantasized about getting to travel back in time, even if only for five minutes, to nudge the future in a different direction? For me, one that comes to mind is a quick trip to 1928 to beg my teenage dad not to start smoking. Read more

OLYMPIA — On May 7 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report. There are some signs in the most recent data that cases may be starting to flatten, but disease activity remains high — meaning vaccination efforts and … Read more

OLYMPIA — Pacific County and most other counties will remain in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan for at least two more weeks, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday. Read more

The virus that causes COVID-19 was found in several dogs, but presents no significant public health risk, the Washington Department of Agriculture and the University of Washington say. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — With covid-19 vaccines now readily available to those who want them, local health officials are working to saturate Pacific County communities with pro-vaccine outreach. Read more

OLYMPIA — This week the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on covid-19. Read more

SEATTLE — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District launches a Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) webinar series aimed to help local restaurants and eligible entities prepare to apply for the funding program. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County is in its most precarious position in the battle against covid-19 since 2021 began, as new cases continue to soar. Read more

SOUTH BEND — It’s been a long year with even longer hours for the staff at the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department, with April 18 marking the one-year anniversary since the first local covid-19 case was reported in Pacific County. Read more

OLYMPIA — Pacific County and 35 other counties passed the first metric check of the state’s county-by-county reopening plan and will remain in Phase 3 for at least the next three weeks, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on April 12. Read more

OLYMPIA — Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement that millions of Washingtonians have been waiting for: beginning next week, all Washington residents and workers age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a covid-19 vaccine. Read more

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee delivered news that more than a million Washingtonians had been waiting for at a Wednesday afternoon news conference: beginning April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a covid-19 vaccine. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — New cases of covid-19 continued to fall in Pacific County over the past week, while a tweak in the state’s reopening plan almost ensures that the county is going to stay in Phase 3 moving forward. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Nearly 200 shellfish workers in Pacific County were vaccinated in a single day last week, as the county health department and Peninsula Pharmacies teamed up to take Moderna’s covid-19 vaccine on the road. Read more

OLYMPIA — On March 25 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19, which shows the state’s progress in fighting COVID-19 since early January is slowing. These trends are cause for significant concern as variants of the virus that… Read more

OLYMPIA — Eligible commercial fishing, shellfish, charter and seafood sector industry members who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now have through April 9 to apply with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for assistance. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County is seeing a reprieve in covid-19 cases at a critical time, as the county and the state as a whole entered Phase 3 of Washington’s reopening plan on Monday. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Slowly but surely, covid-19 vaccines are becoming more readily available to residents of Pacific County. But as more of the general public becomes eligible to be vaccinated, local health officials are working to try to win over segments of the population that appear to be mo… Read more

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled more encouraging news on the state’s vaccination efforts Thursday afternoon, announcing that covid-19 vaccines will become available to two million more Washingtonians weeks earlier than the state expected. Read more

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SOUTH BEND — With covid-19 vaccines slated to become more widely available in the coming days and weeks, the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department is gearing up to unveil a new system for scheduling vaccine appointments that it hopes will lighten the load on the department’s staff. Read more

OLYMPIA — Last week contained a bundle of good news on the reopening front for Pacific County and the state as a whole, and a return to a pre-pandemic “normal” is closer to becoming a reality as each day goes by. Read more

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OLYMPIA — On the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared covid-19 a pandemic, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a bundle of good news at an afternoon news conference. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — New local covid-19 cases continued a troubling surge over the past week, as Pacific County nears 800 cases since the pandemic began a year ago. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Local teachers and school staff started to get vaccinated en masse last week, in a bid to return more quickly to full in-person instruction. Read more

OLYMPIA — Educators and childcare workers are now eligible to be vaccinated for covid-19 in Washington state, following an announcement Tuesday afternoon from Gov. Jay Inslee. Read more

RAYMOND — A covid-19 outbreak connected to a memorial service in Raymond last month helped fuel a rise in new cases in Pacific County over the past week, posing a reminder that vigilance is still necessary as we enter the second year of a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans … Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — At its peak, the vaccine waitlist for those currently eligible in Pacific County stood at more than 4,000 in early February. The number is now just in the hundreds as March begins, and local vaccine providers are on the hunt to make sure everyone who is currently eligible is… Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County Public Health and Human Services is concerned that there was a high possibility of exposure to covid-19 for individuals attending a memorial service on Feb. 19 at the Raymond Eagles. Read more

OLYMPIA — On Feb. 26 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19. Read more

LONG BEACH — It’s a week of good news on the vaccine front for Pacific County, as new first-dose appointments are scheduled to continue in earnest in south county later this week. Read more

OLYMPIA — Additional relief in response to the covid-19 pandemic is on its way Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — No news is usually good news when it comes to covid-19, and the last several weeks in Pacific County have given credence to the saying. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — New first doses for covid-19 vaccines may be in shorter supply than usual in Pacific County and throughout Washington state for the next several weeks, as state health officials are working to keep previously scheduled appointments amid a flood of people needing to receive t… Read more

SOUTH BEND — Covid-19 activity in Pacific County has receded to its lowest level since last fall, a welcome development as the rush continues to vaccinate county residents as quickly as possible. Read more

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OLYMPIA — Eligible commercial fishing, shellfish, charter and seafood sector industry members who have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic can now apply with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for assistance. Read more

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. Read more

ILWACO — Ocean Beach Hospital has seen revenues gradually climb from a low during the strictest lockdown phase of the coronavirus pandemic and will likely have to return some of the emergency funding it received, CEO Larry Cohen and CFO Eric Volk explained at the Feb. 4 hospital board meeting. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Good news arrived in Pacific County on Monday, after a frustrating previous week where local covid-19 vaccination efforts were largely stagnant due to a lack of supply from the state. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Throughout the country, chaos and confusion reign over a once-in-a-lifetime operation: trying to vaccinate millions of people daily in an all-out sprint to end a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on American life for almost a year and counting. Read more

ILWACO — Ocean Beach Hospital did not receive the vaccine doses it ordered last week because the state concluded the hospital didn’t need it, a displeased Larry Cohen told the board at the Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting. Read more

ILWACO — As Phase 1B rolled out, making everyone age 65 and over eligible for a coronavirus vaccine in Washington state, not everyone who got notice of eligibility was able to immediately receive an appointment for a vaccine. Demand has outstripped availability. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — For the first time since November, restaurants in Pacific County are open for dine-in service this week, as the county is one of just a handful in Washington to move into the second phase of the state’s reopening plan. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County officials and local healthcare providers ramped up the county’s fight against covid-19 in a big way last week, as they managed to put shots in the arms of more than 1,000 people at mass vaccination clinics in both north and south county. Read more

OLYMPIA — Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature, with the hope relief can reach people by the end of February. Read more

OLYMPIA — Washington high school students wrestling with remote learning programs cobbled together as covid-19 gripped the state in 2020 and now struggling to meet graduation requirements may well get some help from lawmakers. Read more

OLYMPIA — On Jan. 29 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on covid-19. Read more

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OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference that Pacific and six other counties are eligible to move into the next phase of the state’s reopening plan, beginning next week. Read more

OLYMPIA — New unemployment figures released by the Washington State Employment Security Department this week contained, predictably, bad news for Pacific County. Read more

SOUTH BEND — More than 1,000 vaccine appointments were scheduled in Pacific County last week, as the local vaccination effort ramped up to its highest level yet. Read more

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LONG BEACH PENINSULA — To call 2020 ‘turbulent’ is an understatement, but no word better describes the ups and downs that the Long Beach Peninsula’s lodging industry encountered last year. Read more

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