Inslee announces state’s long term care testing plan and farmworker protections

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced the state’s plan to begin broad testing within long term care facilities and laid out additional health and safety guidelines for the agriculture industry. The governor issued a proclamation providing additional health and safety guidelines to protect farmworkers in the agriculture industry. These standards address worker housing, transportation and job site requirements. The state Department of Health issued an order that will require widespread testing within long term care facilities. Residents and staff in nursing homes will be tested within approximately two weeks, with a completion goal date of June 12. All     (read more)

Importance of childhood vaccinations

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Officials from Skagit County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are concerned about a steep drop in childhood vaccination rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to DOH, 30 percent fewer children were vaccinated in March and 40 percent fewer in April compared to the average number during those months between 2015 and 2019. It is easy to forget, but many dangerous childhood illness used to be very common. For example, before a vaccine was developed in 1963, nearly every child in the U.S. got measles at some point in their childhood and between 450 and 500 children died of     (read more)

Latest Skagit County COVID-19 numbers

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to Skagit County Public Health, the latest numbers show 428 positive COVID-19 cases (one new case) in the county, with 50 hospitalizations, 15 deaths, and 278 have recovered.     (read more)

Inslee announces religious and faith-based services guidance

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. Beginning today, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties may host up to 100 people for outdoor services. In Phase 2, they can host up to 25% of their capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, as well as conduct in-home services of five people. “As I have said before, this crisis may affect our ability to physically connect but it should not affect our power to strengthen our emotional connections,” Inslee said during a press conference     (read more)

No carrier-based flight exercises are scheduled for NAS Whidbey Island next week

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- There are no aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field in Oak Harbor and or the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville the week of May 25-31. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both     (read more)

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