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03/05/2021   YakTriNews
SEATTLE – One of the side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is a surge of new interest in the nursing profession. Nursing schools across the country are seeing a big jump in applications from those inspired by health care workers on the frontline. Shevone Shimabuku watched nurses across the country sacrificing their lives while serving those impacted by coronavirus. She said she realized now was the...
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
KENNEWICK, Wash. – It’s been over two months since Governor Jay Inslee introduced phase one and two of reopening during the pandemic. Now that the entire state is in phase two, many people have asked, what’s next? We still don’t know. “We take each day in stride and we all look at each other and go, ‘are you doing this...
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
GRANT CO., Wash. — Health officials have reported the first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) in a child in Grant County on Friday. The child — who is under 10 years old — spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit, but is now stable and recovering at home, according to the Grant County Health District. MIS-C can cause...
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police have asked for the public’s help this week in finding three teens who have run away from home and have not been seen since. Police are currently searching for 16-year-old Gabriel Farrar, 16-year-old Ryan Chouinard and 15-year-old Jaimey Vargas — all of whom are believed to have recently run away from homes in the Yakima...
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
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03/05/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
Yakima, WA - Next month the second round of P-EBT debit cards will go out to students and their families. The P-EBT program gives students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program additional food benefits they can use outside…
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — With over 1,300 vaccine doses administered on Thursday, the Benton County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site has administered over 5,200 vaccinations in the past four days. This falls in line with expectations considering their limited hours of operations on Saturdays and the 6,000 doses that arrived in the region this week. The mass vaccination site will re-open...
03/05/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
This year has thrown every summer camp in the country a curve ball to figure out how to practice social distancing. Camp Korey went virtual and local students studied it.
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima Health District (YHD) is alerting the public to a COVID-19 outbreak that impacted a significant portion of the staff and inmates at the Yakima County Jail in February. According to the release issued on Friday, 59 inmates at the Yakima County Jail have contracted COVID-19 as a result of this outbreak. Additionally, 14 staff members...
03/05/2021   YakTriNews
SEATTLE (AP) — About 55,000 Washington residents may have to pay back thousands of dollars in jobless benefits. The Seattle Times reports Cami Feek, the state Employment Security Department’s new acting commissioner, updated state lawmakers Thursday Washington’s response to pandemic-related job losses. Feek told a Senate work session that the department will be working with the 55,000 claimants who’ve received repayment notifications...
03/05/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
SELAH, WA - With only five games total, the Selah High School football season has been cut in half but coaches and players are just thankful to be back on the field.
03/04/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
WA - Today the Washington State Department of Health held a briefing where they discussed the addition of teachers to the vaccine eligibility requirements and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
03/04/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
TRI-CITIES, WA - Local sheriffs offices in the Tri-Cities area have received multiple reports of mail thefts, from Umatilla to Richland.
03/04/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
RICHLAND, WA - Richland Police Officers arrested a man after firing a shotgun inside a home on the 1000 block of Torbett St.
03/04/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
SALEM, OR - Governor Kate Brown allows a two-week extension to Oregon counties that risk moving back to 'Extreme Risk' COVID-19 levels.
03/04/2021   NBC Right Now Tri-Cities News
HERMISTON, OR – Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) plans to receive weekly COVID-19 vaccine allocations and hold weekly vaccine events.
02/25/2021   COVID-19 News
On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers who participated in a response operation to contain an avian influenza A(H5N8) outbreak detected in a poultry farm in Astrakhan Oblast in the Russian Federation. The laboratory confirmation of the seven specimens were performed by the State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (WHO H5 Reference Laboratory). The age of seven positive cases ranged between 29 to 60 years and five were female.

Between 3 and 11 December, a total of 101 000 of 900 000 egg laying hens on the farm died. This high mortality rate prompted an investigation. Samples were collected from these birds and an initial detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) was performed by the Russian regional veterinary laboratory. On 11 December, the outbreak was confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Reference laboratory, and the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI-ARRIAH), in Vladimir, the Russian Federation. Outbreak containment operations started immediately and continued for several days due to the large size of the poultry farm.
02/24/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

  Trios Health is moving its birthing center to Southridge, a move that speeds up plans to transform the former Kennewick General Hospital into a detoxification and recovery center for Tri-Citians facing drug addiction and mental health disorders.  If everything comes together, the birthing center and Two Rivers Rehabilitation Center both will open by mid-2022. …

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02/24/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

A cookie shop featuring a weekly rotating menu of more than 120 specialty flavors is opening next month in Richland.  Crumbl Cookie plans its grand opening the week of March 24, with an official grand opening day on March 26, which is a free cookie day. The dates are tentative and could change depending on construction, inspections and permitting.  The new store will serve its cookies at 2665 Queensgate Blvd. in…

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02/24/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open its first Tri-City shop at Vintner Square in Richland this fall. A company spokesman confirmed the New Jersey-based sub chain will open at 2729 Queensgate Drive in the third quarter. It is expected to open in a strip mall anchored by Starbucks and Bath and Body Works.   Fans currently…

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02/17/2021   COVID-19 News
On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus
02/16/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Tri-City construction topped the $1 billion mark in 2020, no thanks to the Covid-19 work stoppages, slowdowns and even a lingering shroud of smoke that bedeviled the construction industry. Overall construction dipped 13%, but homebuilding was a bright spot, according to figures compiled by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. Collectively, local building agencies issued…

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02/16/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

There is no way to dress it up: The Covid-19 pandemic battered – and continues to batter – the Tri-Cities Airport’s business. Its years-long record of passenger growth collapsed in 2020, which recorded 188,959 boardings, 57% fewer than 2019. The news was bad, but Airport Director Buck Taft said he felt duty bound to report…

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02/16/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

  The former Sports Authority store at Kennewick’s Columbia Center will reopen this spring as Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store, the second outpost for a Wenatchee nonprofit focused on supporting homeless and struggling veterans. Operation Veterans Assistance & Humanitarian Aid is converting the 40,000-square-foot retail space into a full-service thrift store that will sell furniture, clothing,…

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02/16/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

One of the region’s largest farm operations has hired a Nevada firm to restructure its multimillion-dollar business as it navigates a stunning claim it falsified records for 200,000 cattle and a subsequent bankruptcy. Easterday Ranches Inc. of Pasco hired Paladin Management Group LLC in a sign the Easterday board is looking to preserve the business.…

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02/16/2021   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Wallula paper mill fined $28,500 for air pollution The Packaging Corporation of America’s Wallula paper mill has been fined $28,500 by the Washington Department of Ecology for air pollution released from the facility’s wastewater treatment plant. The Wallula mill is required to reduce emissions from its wastewater treatment plant to comply with federal air quality…

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02/12/2021   COVID-19 News
Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in
02/09/2021   COVID-19 News
On 7 February 2021, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the laboratory confirmation of one case in North Kivu Province. The case was an adult female living in Biena Health Zone. To date the source of infection is still under investigation.

On 25 January 2021, the case presented with nasal bleeding. From 25 January to 1 February, she reportedly received outpatient care at a local health centre. From 1 to 3 February, she was admitted to a second health centre with signs of physical weakness, dizziness, joint pain, epigastric pain, liquid stools, headache and difficulty breathing. On 3 February, a blood sample was collected for EVD testing due to her epidemiological link with an EVD survivor. On the same day, she was referred to a hospital in Katwa Health Zone (part of Butembo city) following the deterioration of her condition. She was admitted to the intensive care unit the same day and died on 4 February. On 5 February, the body was buried in Musienene Health Zone, however not under safe burial practices.
02/04/2021   COVID-19 News
On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. A respiratory specimen was collected on 14 January. Real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene indicated a presumptive positive influenza A(H3N2) variant virus infection. The specimen was forwarded to the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 21 January for further testing. On 22 January, CDC confirmed an influenza A (H3N2)v virus infection using RT-PCR and genome sequence analysis. Investigation into the source of the infection has been completed and revealed that the child lives on a farm with swine present. Sampling of the swine on the property for influenza virus has not yet been conducted but is planned. Five family members of the patient reported respiratory illness during the investigation and were tested for influenza; all tested negative. The patient was prescribed antiviral treatment and was not hospitalized and has made a full recovery. No human to human transmission has been identified associated with this investigation.

Sequencing of the virus by CDC revealed it is similar to A (H3N2) viruses circulating in swine in the mid-western United States during 2019-2020. Viruses related to this A (H3N2)v virus were previously circulating as human seasonal A (H3N2) viruses until around 2010-2011 when they entered the USA swine population. Thus, past vaccination or infection with human seasonal A (H3N2) virus is likely to offer some protection in humans.