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Coronavirus Pandemic Continues to Uptick

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There were 170 cases of COVID-19 in Pacific County through 11:59 pm Saturday. Statewide, there have been 130,040 cases and 2,519 deaths reported in Washington.

Nationally through Monday, noon PT, the USA recorded 13 straight days of more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19. The USA reported 11,114,151 confirmed cases and 246,758 deaths from the virus. Also, 1 million children have gotten Covid-19.

Vaccine Developments

For the second Monday in a row, Americans woke up to positive news about the development of a coronavirus vaccine, this time from Moderna. Preliminary results for the biotechnology company's mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate showed to be 94.5 percent effective in preventing the disease. That comes just a week after news of Pfizer's candidate being more than 90 percent effective in early results.

Inslee Recommends 14-day Self-Quarantine

Gov. Jay Inslee Friday morning announced he was recommending a 14-day self-quarantine for people entering and leaving the state as COVID-19 cases increase.

"COVID-19 cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks," Inslee said in a statement. "This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March.

"Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast," he added.

The advisories urge people to avoid non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country on non-essential travel, and encourage residents to stay local, a statement said.

Essential travel is what is needed for work or study, or to support critical infrastructure, supply chains and economic services, safety and security, immediate medical care and health.

The announcement comes after he urged the state to avoid social gatherings for Thanksgiving, football games and the holidays as the number of cases in Washington increase. The governor said he would be announcing other measures in the coming days to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Inslee Issues Travel Advisory

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory Friday morning for Washington, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states' travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Inslee Extends 27 Proclamations

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of 27 proclamations today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

A Nov. 9 letter from the Legislature extended the following proclamations until December 7, 2020.
20-15.9: Department of Licensing (20-15.8)
20-20.9: Department of Revenue - Relief from Penalties, Fees, Interest, Due Dates (20-20.8)
20-21.9: Unemployment Benefit - 1 Week Waiver (20-21.8)
20-23.12: Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services (20-23.11)
20-28.12: Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act (20-28.11)
20-29.9: Telemedicine (20-29.8)
20-30.9: Unemployment Benefit - Job Search Requirement (20-30.8)
20-31.9: Division of Child, Youth, and Families - Child Care and Background Checks (20-31.8)
20-32.9: Department of Health- Health Care Workers (20-32.8)
20-36.7: Department of Health - Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer (20-36.6)
20-41.10: Department of Licensing - License and Permit Renewal Extension (20-41.9)
20-43.8: Office of Financial Management, State Human Resources Division - Annual Leave and Pay Procedures (20-43.7)
20-44.8: Nursing Home Transfer or Discharge for COVID-19 Cohorting Purposes (20-44.7)
20-45.8: Protection Orders and Personal Service (20-45.7)
20-48.8: Department of Licensing - CDL Health Certificates and Other Requirements (20-48.7)
20-49.10: Garnishments and Accrual of Interest (20-49.9)
20-51.9: Community Associations Meetings and Late Fees (20-51.8)
20-52.8: Statewide Orders Relating to Long-Term Care (20-52.7)
20-56.6: Tribal Fuel Tax Refund Restrictions (20-56.5)
20-58.5: Shared Work (20-58.4)
20-59.6: Temporary Licensing - Dental and Pharmacy Graduates (20-59.5)
20-63.4: Department of Social and Health Services - Family Emergency Assistance Program (20-63.3)
20-64.3: Public Records Act - Contact Tracing -- Personal Information (20-64.2)
20-65.3: Long Term Care - Workers, Facilities, and Resources (20-65.2)
20-66.3: Long-Term Care - Operations and Visitation (20-66.2)
20-69.2: Residency for Tuition Waivers (20-69.1)
20-74.1: Behavioral Health Association, Children's Long-Term Inpatient Program and Residential Treatment Facilities - Operations and Visitation (20-74)

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