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‘Spineless.’ Many Tri-Cities parents upset with local schools over new WA mask mandate

A chorus of angry parents rose up after school districts announced that children returning to school this fall will need to wear masks in class. Kennewick, Richland and Pasco districts announced late last week they would comply with the order from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee requiring face coverings for all teachers and students even if they have been fully vaccinated.
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July a grim month for COVID in Tri-Cities. Outbreaks triple, 10 people die

July was a grim month for COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities by nearly every measure. The month ended with a week that saw 850 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area. New case rates tripled through the month, and the percentage of positive results at the free COVID-19 testing site at Columbia Basin College nearly doubled.
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TC Cancer Center, Kadlec Medical Center events canceled due to COVID-19

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Tri-Cities Cancer Center and the Kadlec Regional Medical Center have canceled two of their upcoming fundraisers citing a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a news release. The cancer center’s Summer BBQ which was originally scheduled for July 31 is now a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at...
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“Getting COVID does not protect you from the virus like the vaccine does,” Kadlec Chief Medical Officer Speaks

RICHLAND, WA – The increasing number of COVID-19 cases are now considered the fifth wave of the pandemic – and what many doctors, including Dr. Kevin Peiper, Chief Medical Officer of Kadlec Regional call, “the pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Some are refusing to get vaccinated because they already got COVID-19. “But you can still get a different strain or variant of COVID and spread it to others. Getting the vaccine with a history of getting COVID provides for a much stronger protection against COVID-19.” said Dr. Peiper.
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Tri-Cities Cancer Center barbecue canceled. Low COVID vaccination rate blamed

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation has canceled its Saturday, July 31, fundraising barbecue due to the high levels of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area. “It has become increasingly apparent that due to the low vaccination rates in our community, it would be unsafe for us to continue to hold our Saturday event,” said Liz McLaughlin, executive director of the Cancer Center Foundation.
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11,000 Hanford workers ordered to start wearing COVID masks indoors

RICHLAND — 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.”
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‘Lost learning’ during COVID year a top issue in 3-way Pasco school race

A Pasco School Board veteran is facing off with a retired teacher and a college professor in a three-way race for her seat. Amy Phillips joined the school board eight years ago after defeating appointee Darrell Toombs Jr. The victory came after she volunteered for many years in schools, served on school committees and working in parent partnerships.