NE WASHINGTON WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Colville closes school because of coronavirus testing, Gonzaga moved up to No. 2 in the AP poll
Colville School District closes on Monday as person tested for coronavirus
The Colville School District announced Sunday night that its schools would be closed on Monday, March 2nd as a person is under investigation for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The district said that it is awaiting test results and that its schools will be closed until test results are returned, which could take one to three days. “As a precautionary measure, the school district will use this time to disinfect the buildings,” the press release said.
Spring sports, field trips, zero hour, pre-school and after-school activities have also been cancelled for March 2 in Colville as well. Currently there are twelve confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state of Washington and two people have died, while hundreds of people are under public health monitoring. The NE Tri-County Health District recommends the following to reduce the risk of catching the virus and any other viral respiratory illnesses:
-Wash your hands frequently.
-Avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
-Cover your coughs and sneezes.
-Stay away from people who are sick.
-Stay at home when you are sick.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public about novel coronavirus. The public may call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Additional information and resources may be found at www.netchd.org and www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus.
Second death in Washington attributed to coronavirus
A second patient in Western Washington has died after testing positive for COVID-19, King County Public Health reported Sunday evening. The man who died was in his 70s and had been a resident at an elderly care facility in Kirkland, where officials are monitoring more than 50 people. The man died Saturday, the public health authority reported, and he had had prior health conditions before becoming sick from the coronavirus. The man is the second to die in the United States from the respiratory disease. Click here for the full story.
Gonzaga moved up to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and more importantly in the NCAA’s NET rankings
The Bulldogs maintained their grip on a No. 1 seed with a 2-0 week, capped by an 86-76 victory over Saint Mary’s in Saturday’s regular-season finale. No. 1 Kansas, which outlasted Kansas State 62-58 on Saturday, received all 64 first-place votes from the AP media panel and have an 86-point cushion over the Zags (29-2). Baylor, which was upset by TCU on Saturday, slipped from second to fourth. Dayton climbed into the third spot, 61 points behind Gonzaga, and San Diego State remained at No. 5. Read the full story here.
WIAA issues statement about coronavirus and state basketball tournaments
There have been no changes to the schedule of the 2020 WIAA State Basketball Championships in Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane. WIAA Staff is in communication with the Washington State Department of Health and will continue to receive guidance regarding our upcoming events. Click here for the full story.
Colville’s Spencer Fox signs with the University of Idaho
Colville senior Spencer Fox committed as a preferred walk-on to play football at the University of Idaho last week, becoming the fourth Indian from the 2020 class set to continue playing at the next level. Fox joins teammate and long-time friend Jory Dotts in Moscow, Idaho, taking a similar route as the Indians’ other two seniors—Paul Skirko and Grant Michaliszyn—teaming up at the University of Montana Western. Click here for the full story.
MARCH 1: Living Voices “The Centennial of The Suffragettes” at the Cutter
It’s been 100 years since women were given the right to vote, but it was a long battle that is still affects us today. This multi-media event at 2 p.m. will both inspire and inform. It is a free event at the Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls.
MARCH 4-5: Chewelah Winterfest for the Arts
There have been 90 submissions for the inaugural Chewelah Winterfest For The Arts Exhibition at Trails End Gallery. 61 pieces were juried in from 30 artists. The show will be installed at the gallery March 2-3 by Dave Andersen and Jen Fuller and then judged for awards to be presented at Quartzite Brewing in Chewelah Wednesday March 4 6:30-8:00 p.m. The exhibition opens Thursday March 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Trails End Gallery.
MARCH 5: Fingerprints Preschool fundraiser
Fingerprints Preschool has been providing quality education and childcare for the Chewelah community for twelve years. As a ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fingerprints meets three days a week in the mornings, teaching three- to five- year olds the basics of reading, math, science, and religious education. Fingerprints is a co-op style preschool, with a paid teacher and volunteer parent teaching and providing supervision for each class session. Fingerprints relies on donations of time, supplies, and finances to continue our ministry of giving the children of Chewelah the best start possible. On Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 5-7 p.m, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Fingerprints Preschool will host a dinner fundraiser to go toward new manipulative objects, science supplies, and to provide for scholarships for children from underprivileged families. The fundraiser will be a spaghetti dinner with silent auction and dessert auction. Tickets are $5 per person. This event will also be an opportunity for families considering preschool in the fall to meet our teacher, pastor, and other families who are enrolled at Fingerprints.
Please consider joining Fingerprints and St. Paul for this evening of food, fun, and fellowship! If you are interested in supporting this fundraiser by donating to the silent auction, please contact our teacher, Leigha Dite at (509) 936-0218 or email@example.com. Many studies through the years have shown that children who have been to preschool have stronger reading, counting, and social skills than their peers who do not. By joining in this fundraising effort, you are helping children in our area become better learners. Thank you to the Chewelah community for your help in providing our kids a strong future!