Gov. Jay Inslee extended Thursday Proclamation 20-25, along with the statewide restrictions imposed on November 17, to January 4, 2021. This extension was announced at a press conference last Tuesday (Dec. 8).
Proclamation 20-25.9: Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
Modifications to this order include prohibiting indoor singing with persons outside of your household, but permitting outdoor singing while wearing a face covering in most circumstances, including religious and faith-based services, weddings, and funerals. The proclamation also expressly exempts recovery support groups from the new restrictions.
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced additional economic support for workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced a three-week extension of the state's current restrictions which will now be in place until January 4, 2021.
The three-week extension of statewide restrictions come as the state's healthcare system nears dangerous occupancy levels. With the effects of Thanksgiving on infection and hospital numbers still unknown, the extension will grant the state's medical system much needed time to increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity before it's overwhelmed.
"What we do between now -- when COVID activity is still at crisis levels -- and the time when vaccines are widely available, is literally a matter of life and death," Inslee said at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Inslee was joined by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown who announced an additional $50 million, doubling the number of Washington small businesses that will receive aid. Industries recently shut down, such as restaurants and fitness centers, as well as businesses that have been devastatingly impacted throughout the pandemic, like music and event venues, have been prioritized.
Editor's Note: The funds that were received from the campaign by the Culps came in the days and weeks after the election. See https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/campaign-explorer/candidate?filer_id=CULPL--166&election_year=2020 for more information.
It's December, a full month after the election and a few things have recently come to light that the voters should know about. According to the Public Disclosure Commission and the Campaign Summary Receipts & Expenditures - C4 reports for the Loren Culp Campaign large amounts of money were spent on items not disclosed to the public while he was running.
Recently, Culp filed a lawsuit against Kim Wyman and Washington State for election irregularities. According to his C4 reports, he has also paid himself the amount of $33,136.30 from his contributors for lost wages.
To the Editor,
I'd like to take this opportunity to comment on the search for our next Lewis County Health Officer. It is a critical and complex position that requires care to find a good match. There is a history of difficulty in recruiting skilled professionals to rural locations. I have hope that the tide will begin to turn in our favor.
Before diving into the Public Health Director position, I'd like to take a brief walk through the history of how our community came to our earned distrust of "science." I place "science" in quotations because I'm going to discuss the weaponized version that was used to destroy our cities and towns back in the 1980's and 90's, and we haven't forgotten.
Pacific County Health Department has received notice of 39 additional positive COVID-19 cases last week. This brings the total case count to 509 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Public health nurses are monitoring 47 active cases. Pacific County's average case rate per 100,000 population over the past 14 days is 351.
"You can see that our case rate per 100,000 has gone down considerably," said PCDOH Director Katie Lindstrom. Last week's case rate per 100,000 was 984.3 for 14 days. "[The case rate] is still very high, still about 4 times higher than the high-risk category, but much, much lower than the week before. It looks like we are moving in the right direction."
Need something to lift up your spirits during the holiday season? Trying to decorate in order to shake the COVID blues? Just need an extra roll of wrapping paper? Try the Liquidation Warehouse in Raymond. They carry many seasonal items along with food staples and other fun stuff.
Located at 350 Blake St., this little store is tucked away off Hwy 101 behind Dennis Company. The owner Nick Delin is sprucing up the store to encourage more holiday shoppers to come in and spend their money locally.
"So we purchased lots of inventory over the past few weeks, added more lighting, and shelf space," said Nick. "[We] added some new employees. We are working on the exterior trying to get signs painted."
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