Keep up with all the fast-moving novel coronavirus news, particularly as it impacts the Columbia Basin.

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago

School districts make plans for reopening this fall

OLYMPIA — Last week, on Saturday, June 20, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal with the Off...

Updated 4 hours, 49 minutes ago
Othello sees 23 new cases of COVID-19

OTHELLO — Twenty-three residents of Othello tested positive for COVID-19, it was reported Monday, July 6. That brought the total of confirmed cases in Adams County to 186.

Updated 4 days, 4 hours ago
Adams County COVID-19 numbers rise

Adams County COVID-19 numbers rise

Updated 6 days, 1 hour ago
Coronavirus: 3 new cases; 82 percent of all cases symptomatic

GRANT COUNTY — There were three new cases of the coronavirus reported in Grant County on Tuesday — one case each in Royal City, Soap Lake and Warden — according to Grant County Health District.

Updated 6 days, 2 hours ago
McFarland Middle School closed for COVID-19 cases

OTHELLO — The Othello School District announced on Monday, June 29, that McFarland Middle School (MMS) is closed until July 7 after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement was made on Fac...

Updated 6 days, 2 hours ago
Grant County reports 6th death from COVID-19

MOSES LAKE/OTHELLO — A sixth person in Grant County has died from COVID-19-related issues. The patient was a Moses Lake man in his 90s, according to a statement from Grant County Health District. The patient was ...

Updated 6 days, 2 hours ago
Inslee orders face masks to be worn in public

OLYMPIA — An order by Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Secretary of Health for Washingtonians to wear face coverings went into effect Friday, June 26. Masks are to be worn in public when social distancing cannot be ...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Coronavirus: 11 new cases reported in Othello

OTHELLO — Adams County Health District announced Friday that there were 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Othello, bringing the city’s total to 120.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
GCSO reiterates Inslee comments; enforcement of face covering order unlikely

GRANT COUNTY — Reinforcing comments made by the governor Tuesday that the state’s new order for people to wear face coverings would not be vigorously enforced, the Grant County sheriff stated Wednesday that his o...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
COVID-19 cases jump significantly in Grant County

MOSES LAKE/OTHELLO — The news for new COVID-19 cases in Grant County has not been good this past week. On Monday, June 15, a total of 337 cases had been reported. As of Monday, June 22, 471 confirmed cases had be...

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Grant, Adams counties put off application for Phase 3

MOSES LAKE/RITZVILLE — Officials in Grant and Adams counties decided not to apply for Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan over the weekend, when the recommended three weeks in Phase 2 were completed.

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Fifth death, large increase in COVID-19 cases reported

MOSES LAKE/OTHELLO — The past week has seen a large increase in new cases of COVID-19 in both Grant and Adams counties. It also saw the fifth death in Grant County from the virus.

Updated 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Adams County will not apply for Phase 3 Friday

ADAMS COUNTY — Adams County will not apply to move into Phase 3 of reopening its economy Friday due to a higher number of new cases confirmed in the last two weeks, according to officials with the county health d...

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Guidelines for recreational sports reopening released last week

OLYMPIA — New guidelines for restarting recreational sporting events were released last week by Gov. Jay Inslee for counties in Phases 2 and 3 of the “Safe S...

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
A high number of COVID-19 cases reported in Grant, Adams counties

MOSES LAKE/OTHELLO — The past week saw a higher number of new cases of COVID-19 than usual in Grant and Adams counties. From Monday, June 1, to Monday, June 8, Grant County has had 14 new cases and Adams County h...