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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to welcome Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, as our new secretary of health. Secretary Shah comes to Washington from Harris County Public Health (HCPH) in Texas, where he served as the executive director and local health authority. Harris...
Olympia – Recognizing that new federal stimulus relief may be forthcoming, any checks are going to take time to reach Americans, and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions urges homeowners to make sure they understand their forbearance and other foreclosure prevention options...
OLYMPIA – Given the high rates of COVID-19 in Washington and around the country, our winter holiday celebrations need to look different than in years past. Many of the ways we traditionally celebrate the holidays include contact with non-household members in large group settings. The Department...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that in just four days, more than 1,000,000 users activated WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool that uses smartphones to help stop the spread of COVID-19. More Washington residents opted in within the...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health is announcing a new service to help people who have to isolate or quarantine at home after testing positive for COVID-19 or being exposed.   Care Connect Washington, working with local health jurisdictions and their partners, will provide...
EAST WENATCHEE – Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) reports two additional deaths from COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Chelan County to 31, and seven in Douglas County. Both deaths were Chelan County residents: a female in her 90s and a male in his 70s. The Health...
OLYMPIA – On Dec. 8  Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional economic supports for workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced a three-week extension of the state’s current restrictions which will now be in place until January 4, 2021.   The three-week...
OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee on Dec. 13  announced the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The governor was joined for the announcement by workgroup members Drs. Ed Marcuse and John Dunn and State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. The...
NCW - The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $735,725 in grants to several nonprofit organizations through grant programs and community partnerships. The foundation’s grant programming has been retooled to focus on providing stability for nonprofits who have been impacted by Covid-19....
OKANOGAN VALLEY - A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, for the Okanogan Valley, including the communities of Riverside, Omak, Okanogan and Malott. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice. The Washington...

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