State reopening plan moving to Phase 3 Monday
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the state's Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The governor also announced a new third phase of the Roadmap, a return for in-person spectators for professional and high school sports.
Effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3.
Sports guidance will change in Phase 3 to allow in-person spectators at events for the first time in a year. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25 percent. The change affects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
Next Tier of Vaccine
Eligibility Coming Earlier
On Thursday, the governor announced that every group prioritized in Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine starting Wednesday, March 17.
This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement, among others. Phase 1B, Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.
The state will continue to ensure those eligible in earlier phases who have not yet been administered doses have space to be vaccinated, even as more people become eligible.
Winlock School District has hired a new fastpitch coach and her roots are deep in Winlock. Lauren Dumoulin is the new coach and she is well poised to get Winlock on the map. She may not have grown up here in South Lewis County, but she is a Lewis County girl.
When we think of medical care in Lewis County that has been around for generations, we think of L.G. Steck Memorial Clinic in Chehalis. Recently, they hired a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and his ties are definitely rooted in Lewis County. Joe Mount is the new COO and he is making great changes to bring a family culture to the Clinic.
Washington State will move to Phase 3 of the Coronavirus recovery plan, as announced by Governor Jay Inslee on March 11, 2021. The new phase will begin on March 22, 2021, for businesses and individuals.
COVID-19 cases added another 27 cases to the pandemic count last week. This brings the total number up to 814 cases, all within 1 year's time. Currently, 36 cases are active which means they are still infectious and public nurses are tracking these cases.
SOUTH BEND - Groundwork has begun by Strickland & Sons Excavation Civil Contractors in preparation for the construction of the new Dollar General store in South Bend on Robert Bush Drive East (Hwy. 101), across the roadway from Chen's Restaurant & Motel. Construction Workers started last Monday (Feb. 8).
There will be no District IV Volleyball tournament for Raymond HS after two more student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 last week causing the season to end for the undefeated Lady Seagulls. Two weeks ago, three players had tested positive for the virus bringing the total to five.
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