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Program to support those in quarantine and isolation is saving liveS

OLYMPIA—A program created by the state Department of Health (DOH) and partners to support people who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 has reached almost 13,500 people and played a role in saving lives. Working with local health...

 

Sen. Dozier's first bill becomes law, allowing mortgage originators to work from home

OLYMPIA—Freshman Senator Perry Dozier’s first bill was signed into law Wednesday afternoon by Governor Jay Inslee, a measure allowing mortgage loan originators to work from home. Inslee added his signature to Senate Bill 5077 at a bill-signing...

 

Murder hornets, beware! Honeyford bill to extend the term of the Invasive Species Council clears House in a unanimous vote

OLYMPIA—If they had boots, murder hornets, apple maggots, and African clawed frogs would be shaking in them from an announcement on April 12 from the state Legislature. In a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved Sen. Jim...

 

State Parks announces two free days in April

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the spring season and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass for day-use parking. The...

 

State's online eligibility tool no longer required starting March 31

OLYMPIA—Phase Finder, the state’s online vaccine eligibility tool, will no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility starting March 31. That means that people who want a vaccine should check DOH’s prioritization guidance...

 

2021-22 fee increase will ensure Sno-Parks continue to operate

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program announced the price of Sno-Park permits would increase when they go on sale on Nov. 1. This will be the first increase since 2009. The price increases reflect rising costs of Sno-Park...

 

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief bill

Olympia—On Friday, February 19, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1368, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding that has been allocated to states in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. The legislation takes effect immediately....

 

State hits one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that on February 12, 2021, the state had administered more than one million COVID-19 vaccinations since receiving their first dose...

 

Inslee signs bipartisan bill to support business and workers

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation this week providing relief for businesses and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 5061 will increase minimum unemployment benefits for workers and provide significant tax relief for businesses...

 

Sen. Perry Dozier introduces his first bill to Senate

OLYMPIA—Sen. Perry Dozier, R-Waitsburg, passed his first bill off the Senate floor Wednesday night—a measure that allows mortgage loan originators to work from home. The occasion prompted much teasing from Dozier’s colleagues, per Senate...

 

State goal to vaccinate 45,000 Washingtonians daily geared to increase vaccination

OLYMPIA—As part of a new plan to increase the number of Washington residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, Governor Inslee Monday announced changes to state infrastructure for increased vaccinations. To assist with the administration of... Full story

 

COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)...

 

$50 million available for business relief grants

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee recently announced a $135 million assistance package to target the hard-hit small businesses and families. The relief package breakdown includes $50 million in emergency relief grants, allocated for businesses most...

 

Department of Health temporarily pauses reporting of negative COVID-19 test results

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) asks the state’s laboratories that conduct the largest volume of tests to temporarily stop sending individual negative COVID-19 test results and instead send the department the aggregate...

 

Governor Inslee issues travel advisory

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for international and interstate travelers, asking that they self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state of Washington. Governor Inslee asks Washington residents to stay close to home to...

 

Washington State Parks announces final free days of 2020

OLYMPIA—Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer its two final free days of 2020 in November. On these free days, day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass for vehicle access. The last two free days of 2020 are Wednesday,...

 

No-cost flu vaccines available at select Albertsons, Safeway stores in Washington

OLYMPIA—The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health...

 

Updates from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Most recreation opportunities offered by WDFW have reopened, and license sales have rebounded and even exceeded the previous year sales to date. (WDFW offices, hatcheries, and some campgrounds remain closed, though staff is to assist the public by...

 

Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution progress

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. We are working with the federal government and local partners within Washington to plan for the...

 

Inslee extends eviction moratorium, public utilities proclamation

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31. Moratorium on Evictions...

 

COVID-19 transmission increasing in western Washington, rates flat but higher in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA­—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission.  Report findings include: Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern...

 

New statewide standards announced for Washington airports

On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington is setting new requirements for commercial airports and recommendations for airlines. “The steps we’re taking will help protect those who need to fly,” Inslee said. “This guidance...

 

Flu vaccine should be considered "essential" this year

OLYMPIA—While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, autumn brings with it another unwanted visitor – the flu. The presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system....

 

COVID-19 vaccine update: Prioritization and pilot project plans

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health provided an update on progress being made toward a COVID-19 vaccine: Five federal regions (four states and a city) have been chosen to be pilot states in the CDC’s planning. Washington is not one...

 

Secretary of State: Registered voters in Washington do not need to request a mail-in ballot

OLYMPIA—Washington state voters may soon receive a postcard from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the Nov. 3 General Election. Among the recommendations is to request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days...

 

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