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Tri-Cities COVID-19 cases top Washington state

What’s causing your cough? Get a COVID test if you’re not sure, local health district leaders say. With wildfire season affecting air quality in the Tri-Cities, people might experience symptoms that are similar to that of a COVID-19 infection. Benton Franklin Health District officials encourage those who are unsure to get tested for free.
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Benton County, WAKEPR

Sheriff Hatcher, Recall committee speak out days before vote

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — In Benton County's Primary Election, voters will decide to whether or not to recall the Benton County Sheriff. Action News sat down with Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher and the President of the Committee to Recall Sheriff Jerry Hatcher to hear from both sides. Kathleen Wierschke,...
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Richland, WATri-City Herald

11,000 Hanford workers ordered to start wearing COVID masks indoors

All Hanford site workers have been ordered to wear face masks indoors, even if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The ruling followed the recommendation this week of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that even vaccinated people wear masks in public places in counties where infection rates are “substantial” or “high.”
Franklin County,

Tri-Cities COVID count: 326 new cases in three days

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Benton-Franklin Health District on Monday released new data showing more than 300 new cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area since Friday. Close to 2,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Benton and Franklin counties since June 21. During the test dates of July 4-17, the...
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Over 300 new coronavirus cases in just three days in Tri-Cities region

TRI-CITIES -- The Benton-Franklin Health District announced 326 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Tri-Cities region on Monday, July 26, 2021. These cases represent cases reported on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Officials say the overwhelming majority of the cases involve unvaccinated individuals. 201 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were...
Benton County, WATri-City Herald

Letter writers weigh in on Aug. 3 Benton sheriff recall, school board and council races

For those of us who had, or now have, the misfortune of working for Jerry Hatcher, we all know just how much of a narcissist he is. Over the years one of his favorite words to use has been “accountability”. He would use this word over and over while berating and lecturing us. He made the office so toxic and unbearable that many of us left or retired. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, which was once a great agency, has been totally destroyed by Hatcher!
Benton County,

Weekly Review: Board of Commissioners

Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website. Amending Ordinance 272 Relating to Building Code – Greg Wendt, Community Development Director. The Benton County Community Development Department received a petition from a landowner requesting flexibility within the Benton County building code as it...
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COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tri-Cities more than doubles in a week

The number of people hospitalized locally for treatment of COVID-19 has doubled in a week, according to data from the Benton Franklin Health District. It is the highest number of hospitalized COVID patients reported by the local health district in more than five months. Public health officials are blaming the...