NE WASHINGTON WEEKEND IN REVIEW: Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30, Joe Diffie dies and Idaho biologists county 50+ mountain goats in Selkirks
(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Trump announces extending distancing guidelines until April 30
President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he’s extending his administration’s guidelines on social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak until April 30. Click here for the full story. More
Here is the weather forecast for the Chewelah area this week…
(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor)
With the “Stay at Home” order and everybody trying to figure out how to grapple with this temporary way of quarantine life, I’ve decided to start putting together a blog, talking about the oddities of coronavirus living. From different fashions, to habits, to the cracked dry hands we all have now from washing too much. The only way we’re going to get through this is with a good heavy dose of humor and I am hoping to provide it right here. More
WDFW closes recreational fisheries statewide in wake of governor’s order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ in response to COVID-19…
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced its decision to temporarily close recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s order directing Washingtonians to stay home and stay healthy to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.
The closures will begin at midnight Wednesday, March 25 and last until at least 5 p.m. on April 8, 2020. WDFW will re-evaluate on April 6 whether the closure may need to be extended.
“This is not a decision we take lightly, but it’s the right thing to do for the health and well-being of Washington’s families,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “Monday’s extraordinary order for the residents of our state to stay home requires all of us to work together to ensure these measures have the intended effect.”
Fishery managers have reported that some anglers have been seen crowding banks as concerns over coronavirus have continued.
(RICK BANNAN/For The Independent)
Essential businesses including health care, groceries, gas stations and many others permitted to stay open…
Washington state has joined a number of other states across the country with Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order prohibiting many businesses and all gatherings for at least two weeks.
Inslee announced the order during an address Monday night. Chief among the order’s stipulations was a ban on all gatherings, both public and private of any size, while also closing businesses both deemed non-essential and not able to offer remote working options for employees.
(PRESS RELEASE/Washington State Parks)
Day use areas and trails remain open…
On March 22, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission(Parks), Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources(DNR) announced the closure of all state campgrounds across Washington to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Campgrounds will remain closed through April 30.
The closure includes roofed accommodations like cabins and yurts.
No new campers will be allowed into Parks, WDFW or DNR lands beginning Monday, March 23. Current campers will be phased out following instructions from land officials. More
(PRESS RELEASE/Hewes Marine Company)
Colville factory closed down on Marc 20 and plans to resume production on April 20…
Due to the ongoing and increasing risk of infection by the COVID‐19 virus around the state of Washington, the ownership and management of Hewes Marine Company (HMC) has made the decision to temporarily shut down production of all Hewescraft boats and marine
parts/accessories for a period of four weeks. The suspension of all production functions at the HMC factory in Colville, WA took effect this morning (March 20, 2020) at 10 AM. It is our hope that HMC will resume full factory production on April 20, 2020. This decision is based on a number of factors, but the most important issue has been and continues to be the health and safety of each employee at HMC, and the health and safety of the people of Stevens County, WA and the surrounding communities. More
Inslee orders halt to elective surgeries and dental services to reserve critical equipment for COVID-19 health care workers
(PRESS RELEASE/Washington Governor Jay Inslee)
Washington Governor Inslee announced new restrictions today on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so the state can make sure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical professionals to wear personal protective equipment. This impacts all hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices in Washington. The governor’s proclamation makes clear that this restriction does not apply to treatment for patients with emergency and urgent needs. More
(PRESS RELEASE/NEW Health Programs)
As a safety net provider, NEW Health serves patients in Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties regardless of their ability to pay, including those who are uninsured and underinsured. The Tri-County area has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. NEW Health is prepared to care for our communities during this time of emergency.
If you are experiencing symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, or shortness of breath and would like to be evaluated by a health care provider, we are here for you. Our staff can assist you and connect you with care, which may include a phone evaluation, an in-person appointment at one of our clinics, or an appointment at one of our drive thru clinics. Please call 509-935-8424 to get connected now. More