Coronavirus Updates

PACIFIC COUNTY — Case rates in Washington’s southwesternmost corner have remained comparatively low in recent weeks, but local health officials are staying vigilant as the global ramifications…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

PACIFIC COUNTY — Case rates in Washington’s southwesternmost corner have remained comparatively low in recent weeks, but local health officials are staying vigilant as the global ramifications of the recently discovered Omicron variant are yet to be fully realized. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY— Thousands of Pacific County residents became eligible for additional protection against covid-19 over the weekend, as federal, regional and state health regulators signed off on the expansion of booster shots for all people 18 and older. Read more

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NASELLE — State-mandated covid-19 protocols for school districts have created tension, anger and division between community members, parents and local district officials, including every school district in Pacific County. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — After a rigorous review process, federal, regional and state health regulators last week signed off on authorizing Pfizer’s child-sized coronavirus vaccine for emergency use among 5-11 year olds. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — New covid-19 cases in Pacific County dropped yet again last week, as virus activity in the county is nearing a low point since the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant first emerged in the county nearly four months ago. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — It took 14 months from when the pandemic started for Pacific County to reach 1,000 cases of covid-19. It took less than six months for the county to add 1,000 more. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Appointments for booster shots of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine are now available to be scheduled locally for those eligible after the two drugmakers each won approval from federal regulators late last week. Read more

Peninsula mental health advocates are tapping into a statewide Covid Stress and Trauma Education Program. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — New cases of covid-19 have hit a nearly three-month low in Pacific County, but tragedy hit the area all the same over the past week. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — For the first time since early summer, Pacific County received good news on a pair of pandemic fronts. Read more

ILWACO — In-person learning at Ilwaco High School has been suspended through this week, after “a number” of positive coronavirus cases were reported at the school last week. Read more

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ILWACO — The Ocean Beach School District announced Thursday afternoon that in-person learning at Ilwaco High School will be closed through next week, after "a number" of positive coronavirus cases have been reported at the school. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Booster shots against covid-19 are coming soon to a clinic near you, but local officials are urging patience as they prepare to offer an additional level of protection to those most vulnerable to the virus’ most devastating effects. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The clock is ticking down for healthcare workers to either get fully vaccinated against covid-19 or seek medical or religious exemptions by Oct. 18 to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s state mandate. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — The coronavirus claimed the lives of five more Pacific County residents in the past week, while new cases continued to be spread throughout the county during what’s easily been the most sustained outbreak of the entire pandemic. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The untimely death on Sept. 13 of Harold Karlsvik, 58, who battled covid-19 for three weeks, deeply affected all who came to know him during his long career advocating for clients in the Pacific County court system. Read more

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County Commissioners earlier this month left county employees without medical and religious exemptions from covid-19 vaccines after the two north county commissioners objected to the underlying concept of requiring shots. Read more

PENINSULA — Communities on the Long Beach Peninsula have seen their covid-19 caseloads decrease considerably over the past few weeks, but exposures on both ends of the peninsula in recent days have health officials on notice. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Long Beach Peninsula communities have taken it on the chin for much of this current wave of covid-19 cases in Pacific County. But as the virus continues to surge elsewhere in the county, the peninsula is experiencing a slight — and hopefully lasting — reprieve over the past … Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Cases of covid-19 continued to swarm through Pacific County communities, as the past week brought more death and severe illness to local residents of all ages. Read more

The Slow Drag event at the Port of Ilwaco, planned for Sept. 10, has been canceled, organizer Jenna Austin from the Ilwaco Merchants Association has confirmed. Read more

PENINSULA — Masks and social distancing will still be the norm in peninsula schools this year, but Ocean Beach School District officials hope the upcoming school year will represent more of a return to a pre-pandemic normal than the 2020-21 school year proved to be. Read more

OLYMPIA — With cases continuing to soar in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the return of a statewide indoor mask mandate in public settings, which goes back into effect next week. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, Long Beach Peninsula residents are taking the covid-19 pandemic more seriously than the rest of their Pacific County brethren. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — The onslaught of coronavirus cases continued unimpeded in Pacific County over the past week, with the highly transmissible Delta variant beginning to put a strain on local and regional hospitals. Read more

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Pacific is among the highest category of six counties where covid cases have increased more than 600% within the past 30 days Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Vaccinations in Pacific County were the highest they had been in almost two months last week, as covid-19 continues to spread rapidly throughout all areas of the county. Read more

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PACIFIC COUNTY — Last week, Pacific County Public Health Officer Dr. Steven Krager predicted that the county was going to see a surge of covid-19 cases, driven by the easily transmissible delta variant. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The daughter of a man killed in a head-on collision on State Route 6 outside of Menlo in March 2019 has filed a negligent and wrongful death lawsuit against a South Bend bar and the driver who allegedly struck her father, Shawn D. Clearwater. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Covid-19 cases are on the rise again in Pacific County, abruptly ending an extended period where only a handful of cases were reported weekly in the county. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — After more than a year of hitting grim milestones in the battle against covid-19, Pacific County is on the cusp of surpassing a marker that it can be proud of: achieving a vaccination rate of 50% for the county’s total population. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — After a fast and furious initial rollout that saw thousands of residents roll up their sleeves, the covid-19 vaccination pace in Pacific County continues on what’s been a gradual, months-long slowdown. Read more

PACIFIC COUNTY — Most teenagers didn’t become eligible to be vaccinated against covid-19 until last month, but Pacific County youth are already outpacing the county’s young adult population when it comes to getting shots in their arms. Read more

OLYMPIA — Washington state is set to end pandemic restrictions that have been in place for more than a year at the end of the month. But officials hope that a new statewide incentive program announced last week will help bring an end to restrictions sooner than that. Read more

PENINSULA — During the period of stay-at-home lockdowns last summer, churches were closed along with most other centers of indoor activity, as many super-spreader events had been traced to churches. Read more

OLYMPIA — Since Gov. Jay Inslee announced earlier this month that Washington state was lifting its mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated, confusion has persisted about exactly where and when masks no longer need to be worn. Read more

OLYMPIA — Washington state is on the cusp of leaving pandemic-era restrictions in the dust and reopening fully, Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week. Read more

SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Health and Human Services Department reported a grim milestone last week, one that most probably thought was unthinkable just a year ago as local communities were largely being spared the carnage that others were facing throughout the country. Read more

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

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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

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