Umatilla County experienced the deaths of two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 while officials also announced a surge of 111 new positive tests there Friday.
Some local plans had to be canceled while others continue to take shape in the staggered rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
The county of nearly 4,000 had reached Phase 3 in Washington's "Safe Start," 4-stage approach to reopening, allowing residents to enjoy more services than in many places of the state. A new approach to reopening has changed that.
SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Health said Wednesday that COVID-19 cases appear to be increasing sharply in the most recent data.
Walla Walla County’s active case count was 438 people, including 98 inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary.
Walla Walla officials said a massive testing operation at Washington State Penitentiary is showing increasing numbers of inmates and staff who have COVID-19.
The Washington State Health Department will reassess the metrics each week and announce changes to current phase status every Friday.
U.N. health chief chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned rich countries against hoarding vaccines on Friday, saying that in light of virus mutations, it "hurts us all."
Also, Oregon officials reported at least two active workplace outbreaks in Weston and Milton-Freewater.
Since last reporting Thursday, Walla Walla and Umatilla counties have seen a total of 329 more people test positive for the coronavirus.
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Another 57 positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Umatilla County as of Saturday morning while vaccines were ramping up distribution in the state of Oregon.