MAY 22 NEWSCAST: Spokane County moves to Phase 2, Utah’s Jerry Sloan dies and unemployment reaches historic levels
Spokane moves to Phase 2 of re-opening plan
The Washington State Department of Health cleared Spokane County to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan.
Phase 2 allows gatherings outside of one’s household with no more than five people. Some businesses are allowed to open but must comply with guidelines from the governor’s office before doing so.
Restaurants and taverns can open at half capacity. Retail stores, salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen, as well. Real estate and professional services are also allowed to reopen.
Outdoor recreation, like camping, is also allowed with no more than five people outside one’s household.
Amelia Clark, administrator at the Spokane Regional Health District reminded county residents that guidance to wear a mask in public, especially indoors where physically distancing is difficult, remains in place.
Utah coach Jerry Sloan dies at age 78
Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Fame coach who was a fixture for decades in Utah and took the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, died Friday. He was 78.
The Jazz said he died from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Sloan had been in failing health for many years.
Sloan spent 23 seasons coaching the Jazz. The team — with John Stockton and Karl Malone leading the way in many of those seasons — finished below .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won 1,221 games in his career, the fourth-highest total in NBA history.
Only Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Gregg Popovich have more victories.
Colville announces city pool wont open in 2020
The City of Colville announced that it will be closing the Colville City Pool for the 2020 season, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Colville City Council recently made the decision and Colville Mayor Ralph Lane Jr. made a statement about the closure on the city’s website.
Lane Jr. said tThese are such trying times for all worldwide, including us here in Colville. First and foremost, I want to clarify that this determination by Council was not made by them alone.
It was in concurrence with Department heads and Mayor and yet as they are the financial decision-making body for the City, this choice could only have been made by them.”
Operating the city pool costs the city approximately $100K a year, Lane Jr. said and while that changes depending on repairs and other issues that might crop up at the facility, about a third of that is committed to startup costs.
This could be an issue for a small city like Colville where they could see the pool never open to the public for restrictions or be open for just a few weeks.
Unemployment grows in Washington State
The state of Washington received 138,000 new requests for jobless benefits last week, bringing the total number of claims filed to more than 1.6 million since the beginning of March, the state Employment Security Department reported Thursday.
The number of new claims filed for the week ending May 16 increased nearly 27% from the 109,425 filed a week prior, but state officials attribute some of that to an influx of fraudulent claims totaling “hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The employment department has zeroed in on stopping the increase in fraudulent claims by implementing new security measures and working closely with federal law enforcement to investigate the crimes and recoup the stolen money, said Suzi LeVine, Employment Security Commissioner.
The total number of unemployed in America is now at 40 million.
Police called on LARPER in Wales
People called the police in Cardiff, Wales, after spotting an armed man in combat gear walking in a park. Three armed officers confronted the man and ordered him to put his weapon down. The man dropped his fake sword. The man apologized and said he was a Larper. LARP stands for live-action role playing. The man said he was trying out his new knight’s armor.
Netflix cancelling subscriptions of inactive members
Netflix is canceling the subscriptions of inactive members.
Beginning this week, Netflix customers who haven’t used the streaming service in a year or more are getting a notification, whether through the app they use or, failing that, at the email address associated with their account, asking if they want to maintain their membership. If the customer doesn’t respond to the email, their account will be canceled.
Netflix says any customer whose account is deactivated, but then decides later that they want to come back, will find that their settings, profiles, preferences, and recommendations have not changed.
The number of Netflix customers who have accounts but have sat on them for over a year is less than one half of one percent of the company’s approximately 183 million subscribers.