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Gov. Jay Inslee - press conference - December 8 2020

Jay Inslee Unveils Equity Proposals As Part Of Washington State Budget Plan

The plan includes $26 million toward the establishment of a proposed new office to conduct investigations of police use of excessive force and $2.5 million for the state Equity Office that was created by the Legislature earlier this year. The equity office — created after voters last year reaffirmed a ban on affirmative action — will help state agencies develop and implement diversity plans across state government. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Unveils Equity Proposals As Part Of Washington State Budget Plan

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Washington National Guard Pfc. Dominic Gonzales worked as a contact tracer at the state Department of Health in Tumwater in May 2020. CREDIT: Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/KUOW

Contract Tracing Efforts Are Buckling Under The Heavy Northwest Coronavirus Caseload

Since early in the pandemic, rapid contact tracing has been considered one of the keys to controlling the spread of the coronavirus. But in recent weeks, an overwhelming surge in new cases has let thousands of COVID-positive people and their close contacts fall through the cracks. Continue Reading Contract Tracing Efforts Are Buckling Under The Heavy Northwest Coronavirus Caseload

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On Sunday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the last hurdle has been cleared for the distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The first shipments should arrive Monday and the first doses could be administered starting Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Declaring He’s ‘Joyous,’ Jay Inslee Says Vaccine Distribution Begins This Week In Washington

The first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine should start arriving in Washington on Monday, with the first vaccinations of front line health care workers beginning as early as Tuesday. An upbeat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that timeline at a rare Sunday news conference. Continue Reading Declaring He’s ‘Joyous,’ Jay Inslee Says Vaccine Distribution Begins This Week In Washington

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Police tape blocks a street near Washington's Capitol Campus where a person was shot Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, as far right and far left protesters clashed.

One Person Shot In Olympia During Clashes Between Opposing Political Groups At State Capitol

For the second Saturday in a row, a gun was fired as groups of protesters from opposing ends of the political spectrum clashed in Olympia. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon at the Capitol visitor’s parking lot, which is located on the edge of a residential neighborhood. Continue Reading One Person Shot In Olympia During Clashes Between Opposing Political Groups At State Capitol

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Ken Roberts, left, with his step-sister Debbie Roberts and her husband Steve Kinzie at a Christmas gathering at the Tonasket care facility in 2018. Courtesy of Debbie Roberts

He ‘Left This World In Such Agony’: Rural Health Systems Challenged By COVID Surge

Rural America has been the site COVID hotspots this year: prisons, nursing homes and meat packers. But there are few doctors, ICU beds and little backup when health care workers also get sick. Ken Roberts died Nov. 29, just one person among many who died in an outbreak of COVID-19 at North Valley Extended Care in the Okanogan County town of Tonasket — population about 1,000. So far, at least 16 people at the facility have died since Thanksgiving. Continue Reading He ‘Left This World In Such Agony’: Rural Health Systems Challenged By COVID Surge

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